Spacecraft Controller - Galileo Mission Operations



Galileo Mission Operations

Required Start Date

May 2012



Submission Deadline






Technical Requirements

LSE Space is looking for Junior Engineers and Technicians ready to be part of the Galileo Mission Operations Team as Spacecraft Controllers to support our customer DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen.


You shall operate all or part of the mission system, which may incorporate parts of the ground segment as well as the space segment. The positions could cover pre and post launch activities.

For pre-launch tasks, you will be required to assist in configuring and testing the operational system to support the operations. You may also be required to develop methods or tools to assist in the execution of the operations.

You will be required to become familiar with the mission and the control facilities at your disposal. You will take part in simulations and pre-launch test campaigns, and in post-launch refresher training and simulation.

Post-launch, you will:

•             monitor and control all operational progress, in accordance with the scheduled operations plan and the established procedures;

•             immediately inform the responsible personnel when an anomaly is detected, in accordance with the established procedures;

•             take corrective action as necessary, applying the contingency procedures approved for the mission;

•             prepare operations reports as requested;

•             assist in the production of printouts, graphs and plots for off-line evaluation and analysis;

•             prepare and complete all necessary forms for the daily operations routine.


During the routine phase of the mission, you shall follow regular training and simulations for the in-orbit spacecraft in addition to operational tasks.

Academic Requirements

Required qualifications and work experience:

• A good background in a scientific or technical discipline (such as aerospace engineering or telecommunication) is necessary.

• Experience in operating spacecraft or related ground system is a plus.

• Experience with using computer systems is required, and experience in data communication and/or ground station systems is an advantage.

• Knowledge of spacecraft control systems such as SCOS 2000 is highly desirable.

• The applicant should be able to demonstrate an orderly, reliable and disciplined approach to the execution of operations and be capable of working calmly and correctly under stress.

Specific Requirements

Additional skills required:

• System-minded and a team player

• Able to work in an interdisciplinary team

• Self-starter, able to work independently with little or no supervision

• Fluent in English, both in speech and writing


Background information


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) to:

Andrée Scherschel (

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