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Lead AOCS Engineer and Orbit Determination and Control Systems Engineer

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Open Cosmos is revolutionising the way space technology is used and is at the forefront of the emerging new space industry. Our mission is to make space accessible to anyone, to help solve the world's biggest challenges. We do this by providing simple and affordable space missions, using nanosatellite technology, providing end to end space missions for customers around the world (private and institutional). We work with some of the biggest names in the industry, including the European Space Agency (ESA), but also with small and innovative high-tech companies, together developing the space technology and applications of the future.

Based at one of the world’s leading space campuses in Harwell, Oxfordshire, we are a young and ambitious team with the drive to define a greater future for this planet and the people living on it; therefore, when our minds come together to fulfil our mission to democratise the space we are happy to be part of something that is more than the best of each of ourselves.

Description of the Position:

You will be leading the design, execution and validation of GNC/AOCS systems for open Cosmos’ nanosatellite missions.

Tasks and responsibilities:
Lead the development and implementation Guidance Navigation and Control / Attitude and Orbit Control systems and algorithms.

Lead the definition of requirements and system design.

Propose technical solutions that satisfy the requirements but take into account overall spacecraft system considerations and constraints.

Lead the implementation of the AOCS algorithms in C or similar programming languages.

Lead the design, drive manufacturing and test AOCS hardware with the respective driver software.

Commit to fulfil customer requirements and expectations.

Mentorship/training and motivation of colleagues.

Support sales, customer support or any other business areas that require technical support as needed.

Input to technical roadmap.

Plan and organise the AOCS team and resources.

Lead the AOCS roadmap for continuous improvement of AOCS developments, including testing facilities management and planning in collaboration with the AIT team.

Assisting company-wide projects and activities as part of the Open Cosmos team.

Skills, attitude and experience:
MSc or PhD; university degree in related disciplines (e.g. aerospace, control engineering…)

Proven industrial experience in AOCS product engineering. To have developed several products, seen full cycle including functional and environmental testing involvement and in orbit operation

3+ years experience in AOCS development role in the space industry

Experience in providing support in AIT phase

Experience in supporting orbital operations team for AOCS commissioning and nominal operations support

Experience in development and verification of AOCS algorithms in MATLAB or similar, including hardware in the loop verification

Experience in software implementation of AOCS algorithms, C or similar

Project management skills

Drive to learn and coach others

Lean / bootstrap mentality

Self-driven attitude with problem-solving mentality

Nice to have :
Space systems engineer experience

Experience in spacecraft mission operations

Supply chain network


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