LEO Spacecraft Operations Engineer Consultancy Support (m/f)




Required Start Date

October 2014 



Submission Deadline

1st September 2014 


Darmstadt - EUMETSAT

Technical Requirements

LSE Space is looking for 3 experienced Engineers (m/f) in order to fulfill the duty of

LEO Spacecraft Operations

Engineer Consultancy Support


for our customer EUMETSAT in Darmstadt/Germany.

The position is to provide support to the Operations and Services to Users Department and will be part of the Metop Spacecraft Operations Team. The key person shall be assigned and trained to provide operations expertise and support to one or more platform subsystems and / or payload instruments, depending on his or her experience and the overall team needs. The key person shall also participate in coordinating the satellite operations activities of other team members and external teams responsible for on-board software management, simulator support, mission control, mission planning, flight dynamics and ground stations. Furthermore, the key person shall support system and operations preparation activities for Metop-C, for Metop Second Generation satellites and possibly also for Sentinel-3 and Jason- CS.

The following activities shall be performed:

·         Support to the routine operations of Metop A, - B and preparing for Metop-C, comprising:

o   Provision of operational expertise to one or more platform subsystems and/or payload instruments and/or on-board software management, satellite simulator and ground segment operations interfaces.

o   Maintain the corresponding operations documentation and flight procedures, including the update and operational validation of procedures releases in a configuration controlled environment;

o   Perform trending and performance analysis on the corresponding subsystems and instruments, including definition and possibly prototyping of additional analysis checks where necessary;

o   Investigations into satellite anomalies. This may require a close co-operation with the Operations Support Entity (in ESTEC and Industry);

o   Support the coordination of partner agency interactions for relevant subsystems/instruments;

o   Participation in the satellite on-call support rota;

o   Identification and support to implementation of system and process improvements concerning the Metop Spacecraft Operations Team responsibilities and interfaces.

·         Support to the system and operations preparation of Metop Second Generation satellites

o   Provide inputs and / or review the definition of system and satellite operational concepts;

o   Review space to ground interface specifications and flight operations manuals

o   Support the definition of tools and processes required to prepare for and operate the satellites.

·         Support to the system and operations preparation of other LEO satellites

o   Provide operations preparation support as required to the Sentinel-3 and Jason-CS developments.

Academic Requirements

A University degree in an engineering discipline is required.

Specific Requirements

·         Spacecraft monitor and control operations;

·         Spacecraft operations preparation engineering;

·         Low Earth Orbit spacecraft design or Assembly Integration and Test activities at system or subsystem level.

·         In-orbit operations of Low Earth Orbit Earth Observation satellites;

·         Experience in the operation or development of satellite ground segment facilities, in particular procedure development, monitor and control, mission planning, on-board software management, performance analysis, configuration management and simulator facilities;

·         The procedure development tool MOIS and the procedure execution language STOL;

·         The mission control systems EPOCH or SCOS;

·         Specification of system and operational concepts, facility requirements;

·         Familiarity with On-Board Control Procedure and On-Board Position Scheduler concepts;

·         Familiarity with the ECSS Packet Utilisation Standard, customisation and usage;

·         Familiarity with system change control and configuration management procedures;

·         Data analysis software packages such as MATLAB;

·         File parsing languages such as PERL, AWK;

·         Use of VBA for development of ad-hoc tools in MS Office applications.

Perfect command of English, verbal and written. Knowledge of French would be an asset.


Background information

Benefits: A permanent employment contract. Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package. Career path.


In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process. 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 send your application preferably online to and until 1st September 2014.


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