MSG Mission Control Operations Engineering Consultancy Support (m/f)




Required Start Date

June 2014 



Submission Deadline

8th May 2014



Technical Requirements

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

MSG Mission Control Operations Engineering Consultancy Support

for our customer EUMETSAT in Darmstadt/Germany.

The Consultant shall mainly perform tasks related to mission control in support of MSG routine operations phase and during the operations preparation activities for MSG-4. The tasks primarily involve the management and use of the MSG Central Facility (MSG CF) mission control system, and its operational interfaces.

The tasks of the position include in particular:

•             Maintaining an understanding of the MSG mission, as well as space and ground segment operational needs for mission control within the CF, with the interfaces to the data processing chain and with external entities;

•             Performing the maintenance, update, validation and documentation of the mission control operations concept in collaboration with the spacecraft and ground segment operations teams;

•             Liaising with the spacecraft operations team to support continuity and optimisation of new or modified spacecraft monitoring and control operational needs that are met through mission control;

•             Liaising with mission planning and flight dynamics teams to support continuity and optimisation of new or modified operational needs that are met through mission control;

•             Liaising with ground and system operations teams to support continuity and optimisation of new or modified operational needs that are met through mission control;

•             Defining and maintaining mission-control operations procedures, including System and ground segment procedures and operations guides;

•             Liaising with external entities and partners where necessary in order to fulfil joint operations requirements. Maintaining documentation concerning this;

•             Performing routine observations and preventative maintenance on mission control functions according to established working practices;

•             Responding to mission control related anomalies and operational contingencies promptly;

•             Raising anomaly reports when necessary and monitoring their resolution through attendance at appropriate review boards. Supplying context and initial analyses that may aid the investigation of anomalies;

•             Maintaining mission control related documentation such as facility user guides;

•             Contributing to the definition and raising of formal engineering changes concerning the mission control function, attending the relevant review meetings if necessary;

•             Contributing to the definition, implementation, and testing of any changes to the mission control application software or to in-house supporting software, in liaison with any external contractors;

•             Contributing to the operational validation of new mission control application software, including testing of anomaly/non-compliance correction and new functionality. This may include attendance Factory- (FAT) and On-Site- (OSAT) Acceptance Testing;

•             Participating in any necessary meetings and reviews (long term planning, schedule consolidation, anomaly review boards, etc);

•             Training of personnel in mission control tasks as required;

•             Contributing to the recurrent operations preparation activities for MSG-4;

•             Providing mission control support to other current and future operational missions if required.

•             Providing stand-by/on-call support as part of a team of mission control engineers.

Academic Requirements

A University degree in an engineering discipline is required.
Specific Requirements


•             at least five years work experience in operations preparation and routine operations of Geostationary ('GEO') and/or Low Earth Orbit ('LEO') satellite systems and their associated ground segments;

•             at least five years work experience defining and implementing the verification and validation of spacecraft mission control systems software;

•             at least three years work experience in operation of the MSG Central Facility system.

Knowledge and experience with the following is considered an advantage:

•             experience developing and maintaining operational procedures using the APEX procedure management system;

•             experience in mission planning functions and systems as applied to satellite mission control operations;

•             experience in the use of databases and SQL-related querying in relation to spacecraft mission control systems;

•             experience in the use of satellite simulators;

•             experience in the use of Windows operating system-based satellite control systems;

•             experience of using configuration management systems such as CVS;

•             familiarity with flight dynamics functions as applied to satellite mission control operations;

•             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 the SCOS spacecraft control system;

•             familiarity with the EPOCH IPS M&C product suite from Integral Systems (now Kratos);

•             familiarity with Unix and Linux operating systems.

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


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 to until 8th May 2014.


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