Spacecraft Operations Engineer

Company Details

Astroscale UK is looking for a Spacecraft Operations Engineer to join our team in Harwell. Following on from the successful launch of our ELSA-d orbital debris removal mission we now require an additional person to join our team.

This position offers a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to take the next step in their career as the responsibilities to cover a wide variety of tasks normally shared between Spacecraft Controllers, Spacecraft Operations Engineers, Mission Managers, and Analysts. The candidate will contribute to the development and operation of a variety of missions.

We would like to find someone proactive who is keen to learn and grow within the role and is happy to get stuck in with all aspects of the Spacecraft Operations team. There is a lot of potentials for the right person to come in and make an impact, including developing our facilities and working practices.

The successful candidate will become an integral part of our small operations team, providing the opportunity for a high level of responsibility at an early stage in your career. This is a 9-5 role however there will be short mission phases in which long days are required, and potential 24-hour on-call support in the future.


Essential Skills

  • University degree in a relevant engineering discipline;
  • Graduates will be considered, however, some demonstrable satellite industry experience would be advantageous, preferably real-time operations as part of a flight control team operating a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) mission through the complete life cycle.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of satellite subsystems, in particular, AOCS/GNC or OBDH would be an advantage.
  • Operation of satellite ground systems, in particular, procedure development, monitoring, and control, mission planning, on-board software management, configuration management, and simulator facilities;
  • Satellite performance monitoring and reporting, including anomaly analysis and resolution in liaison with satellite industry, procedure change control, and configuration management processes;
  • Can operate in a calm, orderly, and disciplined manner during high-stress situations.
  • Able to identify problems, perform root cause analysis and implement appropriate solutions in a timely manner.
  • Detail orientated and able to take ownership of tasks and work using own initiative with limited supervision, as well as alongside other team members.
  • An effective English language communicator at all levels with skills to CEFR Level B2 – Independent User or TOEIC 700+.


Desired Skills

  • Familiarity with mission control systems, preferably SCOS-2000 based;
  • Experience in satellite assembly, integration & testing processes;
  • Experience with systems engineering processes;
  • Experience of formation-flying or close-proximity satellite operations;
  • Familiarity with operations preparation tools;
  • Software coding experience;
  • Knowledge of Flight Dynamics and Orbital Mechanics;
  • Familiarity with relevant ECSS standards relating to Ground Systems & Operations.


About Astroscale

Astroscale is the first private company with a vision to secure the safe and sustainable development of space for the benefit of future generations, and the only company dedicated to in-orbit servicing across all orbits. Founded in 2013, we are developing innovative and scalable solutions across the spectrum of in-orbit servicing missions, including End of Life services, Active Debris Removal, In-situ Space Situational Awareness, and Life Extension Services, to create sustainable space systems and mitigate against the hazardous buildup of debris in space.

Headquartered in Japan, our company has rapidly expanding offices in the United Kingdom, United States, Israel, and Singapore. We’ve grown to over two hundred Space Sweepers with an international outlook and a shared passion to protect our space environment for future generations. In March 2021, we launched our pioneering technology mission, ELSA-d, the world’s first commercial mission to demonstrate debris removal capability and technology in low Earth orbit.

Astroscale UK (ASUK) was founded in 2017 and has grown to over 50 staff. We’re located on the Harwell Campus near Oxford, where you could work alongside multiple teams including Mission Operations and Ground Segment, Programme Engineering, Business Development, Marketing & Communications, and Business Operations.


Our Values:

Mission & People Focused

Innovative and Pioneering



Customer Focused


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