BepiColombo Spacecraft Operations Engineer




Required Start Date



Until March 2015

Submission Deadline



ESOC -Darmstadt

Technical Requirements


The BepiColombo Mission Control Team requires an experienced Spacecraft Operations Engineer to prepare and conduct the mission operations. The selected candidate will report to the BepiColombo Spacecraft Operations Manager.

The SOE will take part in the typical tasks of mission preparation and implementation of the relevant Ground Segment during the Mission Preparation Phase and will support the Flight Operations after launch, carrying out all standard SOE tasks:

  • Familiarize with the BepiColombo mission characteristics and support operational analyses of the mission.
  • Support to the specification, development, integration and validation of the ground systems and facilities required for BepiColombo.

  • 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

  • Support off-line evaluation of the spacecraft in-flight performance

Services to be provided

The SOE will focus in particular on AOCS and on Mission Control System development. The SOE will also be in charge of operations preparation for one or more payloads. Depending on the mission phase, the workload and the composition of the team, the SOE will also support other areas, such as operations preparation for other spacecraft subsystems, and spacecraft system-level testing using the BepiColombo engineering model.

Academic Requirements

Candidates should hold a University degree in Engineering, Science or related subjects and relevant professional experience in spacecraft operations.

Specific Requirements

The candidate should have the following qualities:

  • Hands-on experience in spacecraft operations, in particular in the Avionics area
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  • Familiarity with the ESOC environment
  • Familiarity with ground systems and facilities required to support spacecraft operations
  • Be fluent in English, both in speech and writing.
  • Be system-minded
  • Be able to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Be able to work independently with little or no supervision.

  • Good spacecraft subsystem knowledge, in particular at platform level.
  • Operational experience with interplanetary missions
  • Hands-on experience in satellite integration and testing