Spacecraft Operations Engineer (18-23-010)

Job Description

We are looking for an Earth Observation Spacecraft Operations Engineer for our client ESOC. You will be assigned initially to pre-operational Sentinels missions within the Earth Observation mission division (i.e. not linked to Copernicus COP-1 operational phases). The primary areas of responsibility will cover Spacecraft Platform (Thermal, Power, TT&C) and Ground Operations engineering in support to the Earth Observation missions, in prevision of the upcoming pre-operational activities to be performed with the current and future Sentinels and Earth Explorers missions. 

The general activities to be supported by this service are (depending on the phase of the mission): 

Satellite Operations

  • Validation, test and operation of the MCS, including the Mission Planning System.
  • Validation, test and operation of the Simulator
  • Generation, validation and maintenance of the FOP in the volumes indicated by the TR (initially platform Power/Thermal/TTC area, but also for other subsystems)
  • Support for FOS procurement, integration and tests
  • Participation in System Validation Tests (SVT), Ground Segment Validation (GSV) and Training and Simulations programme
  • Review of satellite documents
  • Participation to pre-operational activities (LEOP and/or Commissioning operations) as required

Ground Operations

  • Collection of information / data regarding the performance of the mission and provision of inputs for mission reports.
  • Support the FCT in the configuration, set-up and operation of the Sentinels NDIU CORTEX and Lite.
  • Support the FCT in the configuration, set-up and operation of the Sentinels MUST and GFTS servers.
  • Routine Mission plan generation support/checking, as required


Travel abroad may be necessary (estimated at twice per year).

On-call service may be required at certain phases of the mission.


Required Skills and Experience

1-2 years' experience working:

  • in an operational environment
  • with flight procedures life cycle, including validation.
  • with Packet Utilisation Standard
  • in ground tests preparation and execution, e.g. SVTs and GSVs
  • with anomaly investigations at Ground Segment level
  • with operational simulators, ideally SimSat
  • with satellite control systems, ideally SCOS2000
  • with low Earth orbit satellites operations, ideally including experience in preparatory phase (OPSPREP) and special operations (LEOP, simulations campaign, Commissioning)
  • Good experience with office automation tools, including MS-EXCEL and MS-ACCESS
  • Some programming experience, possibly with Visual Basic and/or SQL
  • Well-organised, proactive, able to prioritise and manage several activities in parallel
  • Capable of coordinate and interact with other service providers in operations and other fields.
  • Fluency in English, both in speech and writing


Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Spacecraft Flight Operations knowledge, in particular for the Power/Thermal/TTC subsystems
  • Familiarity with Network Distribution and Interface Units or similar EGSE equipment
  • Familiarity with MUST and GFTS
  • Familiarity with TM/TC databases, preferably SCOS2000 compatible
  • Initial experience (1-2 years) with anomaly investigations at Spacecraft level


Work Location

Darmstadt, Germany


Start of Work: June 2018

Application Deadline: 16 March 2018

Important Notes

Before applying to this position, please read the page How to Apply.
Applicants must be EU citizens or have a valid work and residence permit in Germany.
Security, identity and reference checks on the candidates are part of the recruitment process.

Job Application

Please send your applications electronically to before the application deadline 16 March 2018.