Iban Ibanez Domenech

Iban Ibanez Domenech

  • Systems Engineer
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Employer: CATHOLIC UNIV OF AMERICA
  • Brief Bio

    Iban Ibanez Domenech is a System Engineer with focus on remote sensing at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Iban is a Systems Engineer for Space Exploration Synthetic Aperture Radar (SESAR) mission for planetary science missions (code 555). He is the Integration and Testing (I&T) Lead for the radar system and designs and develops electronic and electrical systems for the instrument. In the Observational Cosmology Laboratory in the Astrophysics department (code 665) he focuses on development activities of a novel far and mid-infrared Transition Edge Sensor (TES) readout system to enable future space telescope missions.

    Iban obtained his Electrical Engineering M.S. degree in the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain and the RWTH university in Aachen, Germany (2014). With his main focus in remote sensing techniques, he worked as a System Engineer during five years in the European space private industry for the full design and development cycle of SARah, an ultra-high resolution radar imaging satellite developed in Italy and Germany. In April 2019 he joined the Astrophysics Department (Code 660) at NASA GSFC where he designs and develops Infrared Astronomy detection systems. In 2020 he also joined the Microwave Instruments Technology Branch (Code 555) to lead the Integration and Testing activities of a radar Imaging system.

    Current Projects

    Space Exploration Synthetic Aperture Radar (SESAR)

    The Space Exploration Synthetic Aperture Radar (SESAR) is a new P-band radar instrument development for planetary applications that will enable unprecedented surface and near-subsurface measurements of planetary bodies including the Moon, Mars, and asteroids. The radar will measure full polarimetry at meter scale resolution, and achieve beam agility through programmable digital beamforming architecture. The radar features a low power, lightweight, modular design, specifically developed to meet stringent launch and operation requirements of planetary instruments. A prototype SESAR system is currently being developed under NASA’s MATISSE (Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration) program.

    As I&T Project Development Lead, Iban contributes in:

    • System Engineer activities
    • Planning of Environmental testing
    • Requirements analysis
    • Integration and Testing activities
    • RF Radar Performance analysis
    • Electronics Design and Development
    • Schedule and Budget management

    HIRMES (High Resolution Mid-Infrared Spectrometer) instrument for SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy)

    HIRMES is a third generation SOFIA instrument designed to cover the gap in the middle infrared region with a broad range of spectra resolution from very low (300-600) to high resolving power of 105 . With its high resolving power modes (R from 50,000 to 100,000).

    As Electrical PDL for HIRMES instrument Iban contributes in the design, development and test campaign of the electrical system including tasks as:

    • Infrared Astronomy detectors readout systems (Including FPGA development, PCB design, Analog and Digital circuits and harness design)
    • Electronics development for Cryogenics Environment
    • Racks Integration, functional and electrical testing
    • Power Budget Analysis
    • Testing Campaign at Cleantent environment

    Positions/Employment

    8/2017 - 4/2019

    Systems Engineer - Technical Manager

    Thales Alenia Space GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany

     As Technical Responsible Iban has organized and followed-up the development of the Electrical Ground Support Automatic Equipment for an Ultra High Resolution Radar Electronic subsystem working in X-Band. Additionally he has conducted and overviewed the complete payload IVVQ (Test Campaign) in a Clean Room environment both in Germany and in the manufacturing plant from Thales Alenia Space in Italy.

    4/2014 - 4/2017

    Systems Engineer

    Thales Alenia Space, Stuttgart, Germany

     As core team member of the project Iban has participated in the overall DDQS (Design, Develop and Qualify the Solution) process of a Ground Segment Test Equipment used to test the Digital Unit and RF Unit from a Radar Electronics Subsystem.

    • In an early project stage Iban performed System Engineering activities such as requirements definition and flow down, schedule, risk, supplier management and system block diagrams definition for overall system (Visio) and Design Documentation, Electrical front-end design and description
    • Implementation in VHDL of several FPGAs Firmware to test all radar payload functionalities (Serial IF protocols, Chip controllers, Radar timing test benches, Manchester Decoder, etc)
    • PCB Boards prototyping and testing to interface the payload digital interfaces, harness definition and design.
    • Implementation and testing of a TC/TM interface over MIL-STD-1553 protocol o Automation of a radar synchronized RF generation and measurement state-of-the-art equipment (Arbitrary Waveform Generator, Spectrum Analyzer, Oscilloscope) working up to 50 GHz.

    In the last project stage Iban was the Systems engineer leader performing the integration in a clean room environment and commissioning activities between payloads and Test equipment developed by different teams in Italy and Germany. He has validated the RF performance and functionality analysis of the Radar payload by post-processing the raw data mainly in Matlab. During the Test Campaign process Iban has also conducted TVAC, Thermal, Shock and Vibration Tests.

    Professional Societies

    Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) - Mid Atlantic Chapter, 2020 - Present
    Chair of Publicity
    Spanish Scientists in USA (ECUSA), 2019 - Present
    Active Member

    Awards

    Master's Thesis Honor Distinction Degree | RWTH Aachen University, Germany | 2014

    ARGUS Science Award | Airbus Defense and Space, Ulm, Germany | 2014

    Other Professional Information

    Languages: English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Catalan

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Ibanez Domenech, I., R. F. Rincon, L. Carter, et al. M. L. Perrine, D. Lu, R. Banting, C. F. Du Toit, M. K. Choi, P. J. Steigner, K. Segal, B. Farrokh, W. Alberding, T. Khan, and G. Nehmetallah. 2021. "Systems integration and environmental testing activities performed on the Space Exploration Synthetic Aperture Radar (SESAR)." Sensors and Systems for Space Applications XIV, [10.1117/12.2587354]

    Ibanez Domenech, I., D. J. Fixsen, E. H. Sharp, S. F. Maher, and G. Nehmetallah. 2020. "Developing Modular Adaptive Transition Edge Sensor SQUID Electronics (MATESSE)." Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII, [10.1117/12.2561531]

    Vila Hernandez de Lorenzo, J., G. Nehmetallah, I. Ibanez Domenech, and D. J. Fixsen. 2020. "Electronics for the detectors of SOFIA's next generation instrument: the HIgh-Resolution Mid-infrarEd Spectrometer (HIRMES)." Infrared Technology and Applications XLVI, [10.1117/12.2558846]

    Brief Bio

    Iban Ibanez Domenech is a System Engineer with focus on remote sensing at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Iban is a Systems Engineer for Space Exploration Synthetic Aperture Radar (SESAR) mission for planetary science missions (code 555). He is the Integration and Testing (I&T) Lead for the radar system and designs and develops electronic and electrical systems for the instrument. In the Observational Cosmology Laboratory in the Astrophysics department (code 665) he focuses on development activities of a novel far and mid-infrared Transition Edge Sensor (TES) readout system to enable future space telescope missions.

    Iban obtained his Electrical Engineering M.S. degree in the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain and the RWTH university in Aachen, Germany (2014). With his main focus in remote sensing techniques, he worked as a System Engineer during five years in the European space private industry for the full design and development cycle of SARah, an ultra-high resolution radar imaging satellite developed in Italy and Germany. In April 2019 he joined the Astrophysics Department (Code 660) at NASA GSFC where he designs and develops Infrared Astronomy detection systems. In 2020 he also joined the Microwave Instruments Technology Branch (Code 555) to lead the Integration and Testing activities of a radar Imaging system.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Ibanez Domenech, I., R. F. Rincon, L. Carter, et al. M. L. Perrine, D. Lu, R. Banting, C. F. Du Toit, M. K. Choi, P. J. Steigner, K. Segal, B. Farrokh, W. Alberding, T. Khan, and G. Nehmetallah. 2021. "Systems integration and environmental testing activities performed on the Space Exploration Synthetic Aperture Radar (SESAR)." Sensors and Systems for Space Applications XIV [10.1117/12.2587354]

    Ibanez Domenech, I., D. J. Fixsen, E. H. Sharp, S. F. Maher, and G. Nehmetallah. 2020. "Developing Modular Adaptive Transition Edge Sensor SQUID Electronics (MATESSE)." Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII [10.1117/12.2561531]

    Vila Hernandez de Lorenzo, J., G. Nehmetallah, I. Ibanez Domenech, and D. J. Fixsen. 2020. "Electronics for the detectors of SOFIA's next generation instrument: the HIgh-Resolution Mid-infrarEd Spectrometer (HIRMES)." Infrared Technology and Applications XLVI [10.1117/12.2558846]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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