Astronomy Spacecraft Operations Engineering Services (m/f)



XXM INTEGRALAstronomy Spacecraft Operations Engineering Services

Required Start Date

As soon as possible.


End 2018

Submission Deadline

18th April 2017


ESA/ESOC - Darmstadt

Technical Requirements


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

Astronomy Spacecraft Operations Engineering Services

for our customer ESA/ESOC  in Darmstadt/Germany.

The primary responsibilities of this role will be: 

Technical Requirements for Service Provision 

This request for service is for a Spacecraft Operations Engineering service in the family of astronomy missions.

The primary areas of responsibility for this service are Systems Engineering services but the service provider may be requested to assume the responsibility and perform activities for additional subsystems or systems within the scope of general SOE services, including test, validation and operation of the Mission Control System, Mission Planning System and Simulator.

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

• Study of Project specific Characteristics and Ground Segment Documentation

• Preparation of Functional Requirements for the Project dedicated Flight Control Software with emphasis on automation aspects

• Participation in the Analysis and Design of Satellite Operations with emphasis on automation aspects

• Preparation of Functional Requirements for the Project dedicated Flight Control Ground Facilities

• Preparation of Flight Control and Contingency Procedures

• Mission Management and Mission Planning Support

• On-Board Software Maintenance Support

• Production of Project specific Software Validation and Satellite Interface Validation Test (SVT) Procedures, Reports and Participation in SVTs

• Participation in the System Operations Validation Test (SOV), Training and Simulation Programmes

• Participation in Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) and Mission Critical Operations

• General Flight Control Support

• Spacecraft Performance Analysis

 This service will be provided incorporated into a joint Astronomy SOE Service WP of the selected consortia

Initially this service will focus on the XMM and INTEGRAL Missions and the initial tasks to be are:

- testing of MCS deliveries, in particular supporting automation and GMMS interfaces

- testing of GMMS deliveries

- testing of NIS functionality

- testing of Automation functionality

- development and testing of MOIS procedures

- support to mission planning

- support to MCS anomalies

- support do G/S testing

- support to Spacon training

- support to X-reference review

- support to simulator testing and procedure development for SPACON training

- support of day to day operational issues, line outages etc.


These task will further evolved to accommodate the Missions needs.

These evolutions, will be communicate by the TR to the LM.

Academic Requirements

A University degree in engineering, physics, or software domains is required.

Specific Requirements


Essential Requirements for Service Provision: 

(E01) Spacecraft subsystem knowledge (at System level)

(E02) Experience in activities applicable to spacecraft operations

(E03) Fluency in English, both in speech and writing

(E04) Coordinate and interact with other service providers in operations and other fields (team player)

(E05) Able to work independently

(E06) Familiarity with MOIS automation

(E07) Familiarity with operational simulators, especially the ones based on SimSat


Desirable  Requirements for Service Provision:

(D01) Familiarity with the ESOC environment

(D02) Familiarity with satellite control systems, in particular SCOS-2000

(D03) Some experience dealing with external interfaces, e.g. Project, Industry, PDGS

(D04) Familiarity with ground stations(station set-up, station control processes, scheduling  processes)

(D05) Familiarity with pre-launch development, integration and testing of ground and space segments

(D06) Familiarity with satellites from the astronomy mission family


Special Requirements for Service Provision:

(S01) The ability to multi-task efficiently; working on multiple activities, multiple subsystems and multiple missions simultaneously.

(S02) Concept for overtime management

(S03) European travel


Background information



Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package.


Travel frequency: Few European missions during service duration




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 by online (including CV and cover letter) not later than 18th April 2017 to:


Andrée Scherschel (

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