Spacecraft Operations Engineer - GOCE



Earth Observation Missions Division

Required Start Date

September 2012




Submission Deadline




ESOC, Darmstadt


Technical Requirements

The candidate is also expected to perform the following generic operations tasks:

•           Execution of routine operations tasks, including reporting, mission planning and provision of on-call service.

•           Preparation and maintenance of operational products (e.g. the flight operations plan).

•           Monitoring and evaluation of spacecraft performance.

The candidate should have the following qualities:


•           Spacecraft subsystem knowledge, preferably for attitude and orbit control systems

•           Experience in spacecraft operations

•           Fluency in English, both in speech and writing

•           Team-player

•           Self-starter, able to work independently with little 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


Academic Requirements

This service requires a person with University (or similar) degree in engineering or physics together with a good professional experience of several years in Mission Operations. Applicants should have basic knowledge of all spacecraft subsystems and 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 desirable. The candidate shall be fluent in English, both spoken and written.

Specific Requirements


Background information

LSE Space is looking for an experienced Spacecraft Operations Engineer in order to support GOCE Mission at ESOC in Darmstadt.

The main tasks of the position will be:

The area to be primarily covered by this position is GOCE’s AOCS, the so-called Drag-free Attitude and Orbit Control System (DFACS). The candidate is expected to familiarise with all DFACS-related operations and interfaces, in particular related to the complex activities for recovering an interruption of drag-free mode.

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