Jean Paul Carnicer

Posted on September 18, 2020

Jean Paul Carnicer is an experienced spacecraft systems engineer and project manager with a solid international track record of delivering outstanding consulting services in the space industry around the world.

Mr. Carnicer has received his MBA with the Norwich class of 2010 and his MSc. in Aerospace Engineering in 2001 from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina.

In his 20 years of experience in the space industry, Mr. Carnicer has significantly contributed to the success of more than 34 satellite programs and launches. His experience spans from satellite programs using small LEO spacecrafts for earth observation, to telecommunication programs using massive six-ton GEO spacecrafts. By conducting systems engineering for numerous satellites and launch services, he has gained experience working with most manufacturers, suppliers and launch vehicle companies around the world.

Mr. Carnicer has also worked as a lead spacecraft thermal engineer, providing thermal design, analysis and testing for over 10 space projects.

Mr. Carnicer has also supported investors, by performing commercial due-diligence in several deals involving satellites.


Martina Nobile

Posted on September 18, 2020

Martina is a Robotics Engineering Intern at Mission Control. She studies Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining mission Control, Martina held internships at MDA, where she did software development on a NATO defence project,and Brock Solutions, where she contributed to developing an enterprise solution for Canada Post’s mail sortation systems. Outside of work, Martina enjoys reading.


Becca Bonham-Carter

Posted on March 27, 2020

Becca works part-time at Mission Control as a Robotics Engineering Intern. She contributes to design and implement machine learning algorithms for planetary exploration applications. Prior to joining Mission Control, Becca worked doing research on control theory at Queen’s University, and on modeling networks in the human brain at Inria in France. Her past experiences include being involved with organizing the Queen’s Space Conference and taking part in the Canadian Reduced Gravity Experiment Design Challenge (CAN-RGX). Becca has a degree in Mathematics and Engineering from Queen’s University, specializing in Systems and Robotics.


Vinita Marwaha Madill

Posted on March 27, 2020

Vinita Marwaha Madill is a Project Manager at Mission Control, and brings her background as a space operations engineer and Founder of Rocket Women, a STEM advocacy platform. Previously, Vinita has worked as a European Space Agency (ESA) contractor focused on human spaceflight operations for future projects, including the European Robotic Arm. At ESA’s European Astronaut Centre, Vinita helped design the SkinSuit and conducted a study on future spacesuit design and operations for lunar exploration. Vinita studied Mathematics and Physics with Astrophysics at King’s College London and went on to gain master’s degrees in Space Management from the International Space University (ISU) and in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield University, UK.


Apeksha Budkhar

Posted on October 15, 2019

Apeksha is a Software Engineer at Mission Control. She studied Aerospace Electronics and Systems at Carleton University. In the past, Apeksha was involved in Carleton’s Rocket Design and UAV Design Teams, and team lead for Carleton’s UGV Team. She was previously a co-op student at Provectus Robotics, getting a lot of hands-on experience with robotics. Outside of work, she likes to read and draw.


Rebecca Butler

Posted on September 4, 2019

Rebecca studies Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo and is a Fall 2019 co-op at Mission Control. Previously, Rebecca held internships at BlackBerry as a technical writer and Scotiabank as a software developer. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys reading, watching movies and biking!


Rafi Khan

Posted on September 4, 2019

Rafi is in his 3rd year at Carleton University and studies Software Engineering. This is his second work term at Mission Control, where he currently works part-time, primarily as a software developer for web systems. He was previously a research assistant with a professor at Carleton working on distributed ledger systems for autonomous networked vehicles. His interests include metaphysics and reading the thoughts of contemporary philosophers such as Kant and Camus.


Veronica Chatrath

Posted on September 19, 2018

Veronica is a MASc Candidate at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies, and is currently working part-time at Mission Control on science communications and public engagement. She received her BSc in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. She was also a Fall 2018 co-op student at Mission Control, contributing to the development of machine learning algorithms for planetary exploration applications, and has previous work experience at the Canadian Space Agency, and MDA. When she doesn’t have her nose buried in literature and code, Veronica enjoys spending time outdoors while hiking, camping and gazing at the stars.


Ryan Anderson

Posted on May 2, 2017

Ryan is Mission Control’s Mission & Systems Specialist. A professional engineer with over 10 years of experience, Ryan has worked on design, development, procurement and operations for projects including PCW, Anik F2, Anik G1, Nimiq 6, Urthecast’s OptiSAR constellation, and Telesat’s LEO Vantage constellation, to name a few. Ryan is an active member of local space and engineering communities, founding the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Space Society (CSS) and becoming Vice President of CSS in 2017. He also founded QShift Inc. a federal corporation providing space and satcom systems consulting services. Ryan has an M.A.Sc in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University, and undergraduate degrees in Computing Technology and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa.


Rob Hewitt

Posted on April 13, 2017

While contributing to Mission Control as a Robotics Engineer, Rob is also a Ph.D. Candidate in Robotics and performs research in the Mining Systems Laboratory at Queen’s University. His research there has included robotic field tests, autonomous navigation, sensor fusion, and optimal path planning. In most cases his research has applications to both space environments and places on Earth that are challenging cases for navigation (e.g. autonomous mining). He has collaborated on projects with the Canadian Space Agency and worked at the European Space Agency under the Networking/Partnering Initiative at the Automation and Robotics Laboratory.