Jordi Vila Hernandez de Lorenzo

Jordi Vila Hernandez de Lorenzo

  • Systems Engineer
  • 301.286.5580
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 665
  • GREENBELT , MD 20771
  • Employer: CATHOLIC UNIV OF AMERICA
  • Brief Bio

    Jordi Vila Hernández de Lorenzo studied Telecommunications Engineering at the Polytechnical University of Catalonia in Barcelona focusing on Signal Processing and Communication Networks, he completed his studies at the Aerospace Engineering School ISAE-SUPAERO in Toulouse, France, where he specialized in specialized in Embedded Systems in Airplanes, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Satellite Communications and Navigation. He joined NASA on April 2014.

    Current Projects

    Project Development Leader (PDL) for the High Resolution Mid-InfrarEd Spectrometer (HIRMES)

    Within the Astrophysics Department, Jordi serves as PDL on the High Resolution Mid-Infrared Spectrometer (HIRMES) project. The HIRMES instrument will be used on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) airplane; a Boeing 747SP jet which has been modified to carry a 2.5 meter (100-inch) diameter telescope. More information on the design and objectives of the HIRMES and SOFIA programs through the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SFPwMIJFBA .

    As PDL, his responsibilities include leading all electrical-related activities of a team of 40 engineers and scientists at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), being the ultimate responsible of the design, development and manufacture of all electrical components of  the HIRMES instrument.  His tasks also include coordinating deliverables between the GSFC team and teams from other collaborating NASA centers, private companies and universities.

    Lead Systems Engineer for the Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry (BETTII)

    In parallel, Jordi is also currently working at the Astrophysics Science Division of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center with the Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry (BETTII) team. BETTII is an 8-meter long boom interferometer, using a double-Fourier Michelson interferometer, to obtain far-infrared spectra of young stars in clustered star formation regions. BETTII provides a high angular resolution which will allow us to gather data on spectral energy distributions of individual deeply embedded protostars forming in dense clusters and distinguish between multiple embedded sources.

    After more than 3 years in the project, launched and operated the Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry (BETTII). Core team member during the two launch campaigns (Texas 2017 and New Mexico 2016).

    Jordi's main tasks and achievements in this project are:

    • Electrical and Controls lead Engineer, mentoring several interns and graduate students.
    • Developed the pointing and attitude control mechanisms during flight based on a Kalman filter algorithm embedded on a cRIO FPGA.
    • Thermal dissipation and Power system design: distribution and power budget for the various voltages and current requirements across the payload.
    • Electronics and software for the project: worked on the GPS system (NMEA), PCB Boards design, DC motors, energy consumption and temperature monitoring systems and software for super-sensitive star detectors, among others.
    • Developed the software and hardware infrastructures for the telemetry system used on the stratospheric balloon telescope BETTII. The protocol incorporated different frame sync packets, CRC error detection, and was bandwidth adjustable.
    • Core team member during the deployment and operation of the Telemetry System during BETTII’s launch and flight in June 2017. The infrastructure was used to store and download several hundreds GB of data from the telescope and to send commands to control and move the telescope at 135,000 feet.

    Awards

    Early Career Public Achievement Medal (2019):

    In recognition of Jordi's exceptional achievements as Project Development Leader on the HIRMES project and Lead Systems Engineer for the implementation of the Attitude Control System for the BETTII telescope. Jordi's critical work significantly contributes to NASA's mission & goals.

    This prestigious NASA recognition is awarded for unusual and significant performance during the first 10 years of an individual's career in support of the NASA Mission. A total of 4 medals have been awarded in 2019 in this category.

    Brief Bio

    Jordi Vila Hernández de Lorenzo studied Telecommunications Engineering at the Polytechnical University of Catalonia in Barcelona focusing on Signal Processing and Communication Networks, he completed his studies at the Aerospace Engineering School ISAE-SUPAERO in Toulouse, France, where he specialized in specialized in Embedded Systems in Airplanes, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Satellite Communications and Navigation. He joined NASA on April 2014.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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