DiogoCoutinho_PhotoDiogo Coutinho has participated in numerous space related projects throughout his career. With a strong technical background and a knowledge of the high levels of reliability needed for space systems, he can deliver work packages related to design, analysis or AIT and testing. This flexibility, based on experience and space systems specific training, makes DICO Solutions the perfect partner for the development of electronic systems for space applications.




Max Planck Institute for Extra-terrestrial Physics, Munich

Albert Einstein Institute, Hannover

T4i, Padova

European Southern Observatory (ESO), Munich

TNO, Delft

Past projects

November 2012 to present date – Electrical Systems Engineer for the eROSITA Space Telescope

Max Planck Institute for Extra-terrestrial Physics, Munich, Germany

  • Design and development of payload power supplies and power distribution. System composed by 7 X-ray cameras, 2 S/C interface controllers, stepper motors, valves, heaters, etc…
    • Power supplies for sensitive X-ray cameras, stepper motors
    • Electronic latching relays
    • Switches
    • EMC/EMI design compliant to ECSS EMC standards
    • Thermal analysis and testing
  • Analysis
    • WCA
    • FMEA
    • PSA
  • Test Plan and Procedures
    • EMC Test plan and procedure for subsystem and system level
    • Flight campaign subsystem validation plan and procedures
  • AIT
    • Support in planning and executing AIT for the FM campaign

February 2007 to October 2012 – Power supply expertise/RF Senior Engineer

Mier Comunicaciones, Barcelona

Company working in the aerospace and defence sector, specialized in the design and manufacture of RF and Microwave payload equipment for satellites

  • Technical management (design, analysis, qualification, flight) of the development of a new line of space qualified power supplies to supply the RF equipment designed in-house (LNAs, Downconverters, SSPAs)
  • Development of R&D projects related to the design of DC/DC converters for the European Space Agency ARTES 5.2 programme
  • RF and Microwave high frequency equipment design (LNAs, Downconverters, SSPAs, L to Ka Band), MMIC RF design, Hybrid microwave technology design (alumina, duroid)
  • Test bench design and implementation.
  • Payload flight unit testing.
  • Test plan, test procedures.
  • Functional testing
  • Vacuum testing/Thermal cycling
  • Environmental
  • EMC/EMI testing


April 2014 – European Space Power Conference


July 2011 – Modelling and Control Design of DC/DC converters

CPES at Virginia Tech, USA

Dec 2008 to Mar 2009 – Synthesis and design of Advanced filters

Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya

Jan 2008 to Apr 2008 – Microwave oscillators

Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya

June 2006 – Completion of Master’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering.

Final Thesis – “Design of an Ultra-wide band receiver at transistor and layout level, using CMOS 0.18um technology”, under the scholarship of SEIKO-EPSON

Oct 2004 to June 2006 – Telecommunications Engineering Degree

Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña,Barcelona

Intensive course on Polimer Engineering

Technische Universitat Wien

Oct 2000 to June 2006 – Started Electronics and Computer Engineering

Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa