Mission Control Operations Engineering Support (m/f)



LSE Space is looking for an experienced Engineer (m/f) in order to fulfill the duty as Mission Control Operations Engineering Support for our customer EUMETSAT in Darmstadt/Germany.


Required Start Date

October 2013 



Submission Deadline

2nd September 2013 



Technical Requirements

Support to routine operations

· Definition and maintenance of mission-control operations procedures, including System

and ground segment procedures and operations guides;

· Liaison with the spacecraft operations team to ensure the continuity and optimisation of

spacecraft monitoring and control activities;

Liaison with the operations analysts to ensure continuity and optimisation of databaserelated


· Interface with other facilities within the operational ground segments to ensure the

continuity and optimisation of ground segment and mission monitoring and control


· Interface with external elements of the operational Ground Segments to ensure the

continuity and optimisation of data exchanges with the mission control systems;

· Interface with the mission control systems maintenance team and industry

representatives to ensure optimised performance, including participating in the definition

and implementation of any changes;

· Provision of support to operational ground segment analyses;

· Provision of stand-by/on-call support as part of a team of MCS engineers;

· Provision of support, as required, to critical operations;

· Processing of system anomalies, their documentation, investigation, classification and

resolution/mitigation, including participation in Anomaly Review Boards;

· Participation in further technical meetings, formal reviews, and scheduling and planning



Support to modifications to the operational systems

· Interface with project teams on the implementation of system upgrades to support major

operations projects, including System Mid-Term Evolution Plan, recurrent satellites, and

any System hardware and operating system obsolescence upgrade.

· Processing of system modifications, including their documentation, approval, and

implementation, including participation in Change Review Boards;

· Support to, and participation in, the functional verification and operational validation of

mission control systems and related elements, both standalone and in the context of an

overall ground segment.


Support to the preparations for recurrent satellites and future satellite programs

· Provision of support to the development and operations preparation for recurrent

satellites in existing operational programmes such as Metop-C and MSG-4;

· Provision of support to the development and operations preparation for future operational

programmes such as Sentinel-3, MTG and EPS-SG.


Support to operations teams

· Provision of training, through written materials, practical demonstrations and

presentations, to other members of the Operations Team.

Academic Requirements

University degree in engineering, science or equivalent.
Specific Requirements

Required experience and skills are:

· Deep knowledge of operation of spacecraft control systems

· Proven travck record developing and/or maintaining spacecraft mission control systems software

· Solid work experience developing and/or maintaining software for a UNIX operating system

· Work experience with the SCOS spacecraft control system

· Experience defining and implementing the verification and validation of spacecraft mission control systems software

· Perfect command of English, verbal and written

· Self-motivated and proactive work style

· Excellent communication skills

· Strong data analysis, problem solving, processing and synthesis skills


The following experience would be additional assets:

· Use of databases and SQL-related querying in relation to spacecraft mission control systems;

· Definition, development, integration and acceptance testing of spacecraft mission control systems;

· Operations preparation and routine operations of Geostationary (‘GEO’) and Low Earth Orbit (‘LEO’) satellite systems;

· Use of configuration management systems such as CVS;

· Use of satellite simulators;

· Familiarity with ECSS and CCSDS standards related to space-to-ground interfaces and applicable to Satellite Monitoring & Control Systems: Packet Telemetry and Telecommand standards, PUS (Packet Utilisation Standard), etc.;

· Familiarity with flight dynamics and mission planning functions and systems as applied to satellite operations;

· Familiarity with EPOCH IPS M&C product suite from Integral Systems (now Kratos);

· Windows operating system;

· Linux operating system;

· Leading a small team of engineers.


Background information

Location of work: EUMETSAT in Darmstadt/Germany.

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 (CV in Word format) until 2nd September 2013 via our application tool on

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