The Cluster mission is extended up to end 2014. Eclipse operations with power-down of the On Board Data Handling will remain a permanent challenge to the team and requires real time operations before and after each eclipse. The increasing eclipse length adds the need of a more complex thermal strategy. The active participation of all team members is required to prepare for each eclipse season and to perform eclipse operations. All platforms show significant signs of aging. The propulsion, power and thermal subsystems require in future more attention: the current monitoring of their key parameters shall be complemented by trend analysis which shall be countinuoulsy updated.
The candidate SOE shall enforce the current Cluster team with 7 engineers in order to enable a more detailed forecasting of the platform performance.
The post will be assigned to support at least one platform subsystem and one instrument. The exact allocation is left open intentionally as it will depend on the candidate’s professional experience, know-how and education. The tasks allocation could change in course of the mission if need arises due to changes in the team. Tasks/responsibilities will be:
• Perform day to day monitoring of the assigned subsystem/instrument performance and health status assessment, including: anomaly investigation, its tracking & follow-up.
• Prepare/conduct/report on any manual operations (e.g. eclipse or manoeuvres operations, testing and engineering activity, etc.). This will include critical operations on console.
• Share with the other SOEs the weekly on-call duty, incl. the weekly reporting.
• Maintain the relevant procedures of the Flight Operations Plan.