AOCS Engineer – Toulouse

AOCS Engineer

HE Space Operations GmbH



Key Tasks and Responsibilities

As part of the team, you will have the following responsibilities:

Continue to evolve spacecraft AOCS architecture including components and systems that provide both relative and absolute attitude measurements;

Perform integration and test of spacecraft AOCS components and software for the spacecraft in the lab;

Define Concept of Operation for the spacecraft attitude determination, control system and related ground systems;

Interface with Systems Engineering team to define architecture and design based on spacecraft attitude determination and control systems performance;

Perform analysis to determine spacecraft AOCS component performance requirements including performance characteristics (e.g., sizing, accuracy, sensor noise, reliability, etc.), redundancy, and fault detection, isolation and recovery options;

Specify, evaluate, and select spacecraft attitude determination sensors and actuators, like rate sensors, magnetometers, sun sensors, horizon sensors, star trackers, reaction wheels and propulsion, etc.;

Design and implement algorithms and software to support various pointing modes and attitude control scenarios. Software development include software components for use of off-the-shelves and newly-developed units, like COTS drivers and thruster selection logic, etc.;

Design and plan payload testing configurations on the ground when testing spacecraft attitude determination and control system performance both in-lab and in-orbit;

Support spacecraft integration, testing, and delivery to launch/spacecraft bus partners/vendors;

Knowledge of Deep Space environment and interplanetary navigation;

Develop and maintain technical documentation for spacecraft AOCS architecture definition, design, and development.

Skills & Experience

You will have the following qualifications and relevant experience:

Technical Master’s degree (or equivalent) and/or professional high tech experience;

More than three years of experience with CubeSat/spacecraft attitude determination and/or control systems;

Recent participation in projects developing space hardware and software (preferably spacecraft attitude determination and/or control);

In-depth knowledge and hands-on experience with spacecraft attitude determination and control system components such as IMUs, star trackers, reaction wheels, and reaction control system;

In-depth knowledge of spacecraft propulsion systems, propulsion system Concept of Operations, and flight guidance navigation and control systems and software are a major advantage;

Programming proficiency in one or more programming languages is required (e.g., C, Python, etc.);

Proficient in working with Linux based systems;

Hands-on experience with programming microcontrollers is desired;

Must be able to work independently and in a team environment;

Guidance navigation and control (GNC) experience is considered a plus;

Understanding asteroid space environment is a plus;

Fluency in English is mandatory;knowledge of  French is an advantage.

This job is located in Toulouse.

If you think you have what it takes for this job, please send your CV (in English and in Word or PDF) to Vicente Gracia, by clicking on the button “Apply for this job” quoting job FR-HP-4641.

An exciting and dynamic international working environment awaits you!


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