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J1810_Earth Observation Mission - Spacecraft Operations Engineer



 Earth Observation Mission - Spacecraft Operations Engineer

Reference:   J18010
Location:   ESOC, Darmstadt / Germany
Closing Date for applications:   18/03/2018 00:00
Your HR Contact for this position:   Raphael Rossato

This role is for delivering a Spacecraft Operations Engineering service, requiring a (junior) Spacecraft Operations Engineer, assigned initially to pre-operational Sentinel or Earth Explorer missions within the ESOC Earth Observation mission division.

The primary areas of responsibility for this service covers Spacecraft Platform (Thermal, Power, TT&C) and Ground Operations engineer in support to the Earth Observation missions, in prevision of the upcoming pre-operational activities to be performed with the current and future Sentinels and Earth Explorers missions.

The successful engineer will be assigned as a member of the Flight Control Team (FCT), to participate in the pre-operational phases, including special
operations (i.e. LEOP, Commissioning) and in testing campaigns (Simulations, SVT, in-flight tests). The service provider may be requested to assume the responsibility and perform activities for additional subsystems or systems within the scope of general SOE services, including test, validation and operation of the Mission Control System, Mission Planning System and Simulator.

Responsibilities / Duties

 The general activities to be supported by this service, dependant on the mission phase, are:

Satellite Operations

  • Validation, test and operation of the Mission Control System (MCS), including the Mission Planning System,

  • Validation, test and operation of the Simulator,

  • Generation, validation and maintenance of the Flight Operations Procedures (FOP), initially for the platform Power/Thermal/TTC area, but also for other subsystems

  • Support for Flight Operations Segment (FOS) procurement, integration and tests,

  • Participation in System Validation Tests (SVT), Ground Segment Validation (GSV) and Training and Simulations programme,

  • Review of satellite documentation,

  • Participation to pre-operational activities (LEOP and/or Commissioning operations) as required.

Ground Segment Operations

  • Collection of information / data regarding the performance of the mission and provision of inputs for mission reports,

  • Support the FCT in the configuration, set-up and operation of the Sentinels NDIU CORTEX and Lite,

  • Support the FCT in the configuration, set-up and operation of the Sentinels MUST and GFTS servers,

  • Routine Mission plan generation support/checking, as required.

Qualifications / Experience

  • University degree or equivalent education in Electric or Electronic Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or Telecommunications Engineering.

Essential skills

  • Initial experience (1-2 years) in working in an operational environment,

  • Initial experience (1-2 years) with flight procedures life cycle, including validation,

  • Initial experience (1-2 years) with the Packet Utilisation Standard (PUS),

  • Initial experience (1-2 years) in ground tests preparation and execution, e.g. SVTs and GSVs,

  • Good experience with office automation tools, including MS-EXCEL and MS-ACCESS,

  • Some programming experience, possibly with Visual Basic and/or SQL,

  • Initial experience (1-2 years) with anomaly investigations at Ground Segment level,

  • Familiarity with operational simulators, ideally SimSat (1-2 years), 

  • Familiarity with satellite control systems, ideally SCOS2000 (1-2 years)

  • Initial experience with low Earth orbit satellites operations (1-2 years), ideally including experience in preparatory phase (OPSPREP) and special operations (LEOP, simulations campaign, Commissioning),

  • Well-organised, proactive, able to prioritise and manage several activities in parallel,

  • Capable of coordinate and interact with other service providers in operations and other fields,

  • Fluency in English, both in speech and writing.

Desirable Skills

  •  Spacecraft Flight Operations knowledge, in particular for the Power/Thermal/TTC subsystems,

  •  Initial experience (1-2 years) with anomaly investigations at Spacecraft level,

  • Familiarity with Network Distribution and Interface Units or similar EGSE equipment,

  • Familiarity with MUST and GFTS,Familiarity with TM/TC databases, preferably SCOS2000 compatible



Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package including 30 days holiday, generous training possibilities, Telespazio VEGA Deutschland pension scheme is offered to the successful candidate.


In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Furthermore, in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees will undergo stringent reference and identity checks.


You are looking for a challenging position in a very interesting, international environment? Then you should send your application preferrably online with your availability details and salary expectations.

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