MetOp-B Spacecraft Operations Engineer - 2



Required Start Date

4 July 2011


MetOp-B launch + 2 weeks

Submission Deadline



ESOC -Darmstadt

Technical Requirements


This SoW is covering the AOCS Spacecraft Operations Engineer position to work as part of the MetOp-B Flight Control Team, and support the SOM during the pre-launch operations preparation, validation and the LEOP execution phases of MetOp-B with:
  • FOP preparation and validation,
  • SVT preparation,
  • Mission Control System Validation,
  • Training and Simulations,
  • LEOP preparation and execution,
  • Handover and post-LEOP activities.

Services to be provided

More specifically, the functions to be primarily covered are:
  • Attitude and Orbit Control System (AOCS) operations engineer
  • Preparation and execution of ground segment validation tests including Mission Control System acceptance tests and System Validation Tests,
  • Interface with Eumetsat (customer), Project, Industry and other ESOC divisions for spacecraft operations matters, in particular with the ESOC Flight Dynamics team.

Academic Requirements

Applicants should have a University (or similar) degree in engineering or physics together with some professional experience in spacecraft and/or operational applications.

Specific Requirements

Applicants should have basic knowledge of all spacecraft subsystems and preferably detailed knowledge of the subsystems listed in the technical description. Knowledge of and experience in ESA Ground Segment Operations and ESOC Ground Segment Components (Mission Control System, Simulators) is also required.


  • Spacecraft subsystem knowledge, in particular for the subsystems listed above,
  • Good operational experience,
  • Ground Segment knowledge at system level,
  • Familiarity with satellite control systems, ideally SCOS2000,
  • Familiarity with operational simulators,
  • Be fluent in English, both in speech and writing,
  • Team-player,
  • Self-starter, able to work independently with little or no supervision.


  • Familiarity with the ESOC environment
  • Familiarity with satellite control systems, in particular SCOS-2000
  • Some experience dealing with external interfaces
  • Familiarity with operational simulators, especially the ones based on SimSat
  • Familiarity with low Earth orbit satellites