Spacecraft Subsystems Electronic Engineer

Company Details

Technologies for low-cost deep-space exploration!

You will be an instrumental member of a small team building a set of smallsat avionics and a water thruster. The operation is new, based in Luxembourg as a spin-off of Deep Space Industries (California) and Bradford Space (Netherlands). Our team in Luxembourg will be kept small (~20 people) and will focus on the single objective of building reliable, performing, and cost-effective products for upcoming satellites, deep-space smallsats and landers. We operate following a hybrid model that aims to fuse the rapid development and commercial processes of a NewSpace company, while attaining a higher degree of quality assurance in the end product.

You would take the responsibility for the continuing development and qualification of the electronics and
software of our Comet water thruster and various elements of our avionics product.

Essential Characteristics

  • Strong practical experience in electronics design, build, rework, and hardware testing
  • A previous end-to-end experience delivering an electronic product from concept to production
  • Decent knowledge of power and digital electronics components and design techniques
  • Intermediate embedded software competences
  • Some familiarity with the space environment and how to build a thing to work in space
  • A positive, energetic and self-driving attitude
  • Proficient English language skills

Strongly Valued Characteristics

  • Understanding of space hardware quality standards and the space qualification process
  • Understanding of the space environment, particularly radiation and its effects
  • Any past work on any aspect of spacecraft or hi-reliability electronics
  • Knowledge of commercial microcontrollers and protocols (particularly UART, CAN and Ethernet)
  • Experience with power electronics and/or propulsion or microfluidic systems
  • Advanced software and scripting development skills (C++, Assembly, Lua, Python, VBA etc)
  • Build-for-test design, and hardware/software test campaign development & execution
  • Build-for-manufacture design experience and supplier management
  • Familiarity with relevant industry standards (e.g. ECSS & IPC)
  • Ability to build and rework electronics assemblies (including SMT soldering)
  • Practical experience running test campaigns (TVAC, vibration, radiation, extreme temperatures)
  • Relevant CAD experience (Altium used in-house for eCAD, thermal FEA and mCAD a plus)
  • A love of bullet-point lists

Key Responsibilities

  • Take product ownership of the electronics and software elements of the Comet propulsion system
  • Design, optimise, test and qualify various spacecraft avionics subsystems for deep space missions
  • Develop and deploy automated test methods and equipment
  • Setup manufacturing processes and procedures
  • Prepare key documentation for team use and deliverables for stakeholders
  • Deliver to manufacturing stage, a performing product
  • Help maintain a development workshop and tooling

Tagged as: ethernet, assembly, VBA, uart, LUA, python, C++, CAN

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