Spacecraft Operations Engineer - Solar Orbiter



Solar Orbiter

Required Start Date

January 2013




Submission Deadline




ESOC, Darmstadt


Technical Requirements

·         Familiarize with the Solar Orbiter mission characteristics and support operational analyses of the mission.

·         Support to the development, integration and validation of the ground systems and facilities required for Solar Orbiter.

·         Support Project in reviews of spacecraft system, subsystem and payload documentation regarding operational aspects.

·         Provide operations support to the Spacecraft Operations Manager at Systems & Spacecraft level for mission management and mission planning.

·         Prepare and validate nominal and contingency procedures for flight and for spacecraft testing on ground.

·         Support the SVT, SOVs, Ground Segment Integration Tests, Training and Simulations.

·         Participate in LEOP and Mission Critical operations.

·         Support in-flight operations, including nominal, critical, contingency and on-call support.

·         Support off-line evaluation of the spacecraft in-flight performance.

·         Support maintenance of on-board software.

The main responsibility of the SOE will be on spacecraft system and Avionics, including analysis of nominal and back-up mission scenarios and preparation of system procedures and mission phase timelines. The SOE will also support the SOM in the planning and preparation of ground segment system tests and simulations, including the collection of all necessary inputs to run close-loop scenarios with the spacecraft and simulator. Where required, the SOE may be asked to support the development and acceptance testing of one of the major ground segment systems.

Academic Requirements

University degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline

Specific Requirements


· Demonstrated system engineering experience

· Understanding of interplanetary mission operations

· Understanding of spacecraft Avionics architecture (data handling and AOCS)

· Understanding of Flight Control Team tasks and responsibilities pre- and post-launch

· Understanding of ground systems and facilities required to support spacecraft operations

· Be fluent in English, both spoken and written

· Be able to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team

· Be able to work independently with little or no supervision


· Strong educational background in engineering or science

· Background on AOCS

· Hands-on experience in spacecraft operations, in particular in the area of Avionics and Data Handling

· Hands-on experience in ground systems integration and testing

· Hands-on experience in the configuration of complex mission planning systems

· Knowledge of the S2K environment and its database structure

· Familiarity with the ESOC environment

· Good spacecraft subsystem knowledge

· Operational experience with interplanetary missions

· Hands-on experience in satellite integration and testing

· Capability to independently develop small SW tools


Background information

LSE Space is looking for an experienced Spacecraft Operations Engineer for the Solar Orbiter Flight Control Team (m/f) in order to provide support to our customer in Darmstadt.

The Satellite Operations Engineer (SOE) will prepare and conduct mission operations and will take part in the typical tasks of mission preparation and implementation of the relevant Ground Segment during the Launch Preparation Phase. He/she will support the Flight Operations after launch, carrying out all standard SOE tasks. The selected candidate will report to the Solar Orbiter Spacecraft Operations Manager.


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