Spacecraft Systems Engineer

Company Details

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.

This role is an exciting opportunity to join the Systems Engineering Team at Astroscale UK.

Our Spacecraft System Engineers are central to the design effort of any mission, working as the technical architect and facilitating trade-offs across the system design.

As a Spacecraft Systems Engineer you will work with the subsystem engineers and project managers, balancing the needs of the missions and guiding the technical solutions towards a feasible and achievable conclusion, therefore, you will need a good general understanding of the typical subsystems of satellite missions to perform this role.

At Astroscale, our Spacecraft Systems Engineers are involved on a mission from beginning to end.  Starting with writing bids to customers, then developing and analysing the design during the early mission phases; you will e supporting testing during AIT (and leading system testing), during the launch campaign and finally assist with in-orbit commissioning of the satellite.

It doesn’t end there though! Even after the mission is in orbit, as a Spacecraft Systems Engineer you may be called upon at critical moments during the mission to provide guidance to the operations team.

This is a chance to join our friendly, welcoming and diverse team and work on cutting edge missions in an emerging market.


  • Performing trade-off analysis
  • Performing analysis of the spacecraft system design
  • Generate and maintain system level budgets (mass, power, data)
  • Generate and maintain the requirements and associated design & verification compliance
  • Prepare sub-system requirements specification to support procurement
  • Review and modify FDIR techniques, perform FMEA
  • Adapting the system design from existing mission architectures to meet the needs of the current work
  • Coordinating with the subsystem leads to understand their problems
  • Reviewing inputs from subsystem engineers or external partners and critiquing appropriately
  • Authoring and maintaining system level documents, e.g. CONOPS, V&V plan, System test plans

Essential Skills

  • 2 years experience of commercial satellite system engineering
  • An understanding of all the critical subsystems that make up a satellite mission
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience with requirements management
  • Ability to perform complicated trade-offs
  • Comfortable working with Microsoft office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Desirable skills


  • 5 years of commercial experience in a Systems Engineering role contributing to satellite platform &/or payload architecture.
  • Good understanding of attitude and orbit control subsystem.
  • Experience of satellite level AIT
  • Experience of mission operations
  • Experience with STK
  • Experience with FMECA
  • Experience working on ESA missions
  • Awareness of the issues around space debris removal including past missions and relevant regulations
  • Whilst the working language across all Astroscale divisions is English, proficiency in spoken and/or written Japanese would be considered an asset


  • Competitive base salary
  • Opportunity to work with a highly talented international team working on cutting edge technology
  • Flexible working around core hours
  • Hybrid working available (Dependent on individual role requirements)
  • 25 days holiday (increasing yearly up to a maximum of 28 days) + 8 days Bank Holiday per year
  • Life insurance and long-term sick pay
  • Private healthcare (taxable benefit)
  • Relocation allowance
  • Visa sponsorship for employees
  • New state of the art office and cleanroom facility
  • Regular social events.


Astroscale UK (Harwell), with potential for some travel to Astroscale Japan (Tokyo)


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 build-up of debris in space.

Note to recruitment agencies: Astroscale operates a preferred Supplier List, and we do not accept unsolicited agency approaches. Please do not forward candidate CVs or details in response to this advert, or to any Astroscale employee.


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