Solar Orbiter/RSP – Command Generation

Company Details

DEIMOS is selecting a candidate to be located at ESOC a Flight Dynamics Operations Engineering service to ESA.

DEIMOS is selecting a candidate to be located at ESOC a Flight Dynamics Operations Engineering service to ESA

The primary areas of responsibility for this service is Command Generation for Science Missions but the service provider may be requested to assume the responsibility and perform activities for additional service, missions and activities within the scope of general Flight Dynamics operations engineering services.

The service provider will be primarily assigned to a particular service within the Science Missions but with the possibility of supporting other service and/or missions.

Service to be provided are primarily related to EXOMARS RSP and Solar Orbiter.

Services may also be requested related to GAIA, Bepi Colombo, Mars Express, ExoMars TGO, Juice and Euclid.

Main Duties:

The general activities to be supported by the service are (depending on the phase of the mission):

Command Generation:

  • Execution of and support to operational tasks
  • Generation of task related command parameters
  • Generation of task related reports

Mission Planning Support:

  • Execution of and support to operational tasks
  • Generation of mission planning related products, such as schedules and planning input

Flight Dynamics Application Layer:

  • Maintenance of elements of the Flight Dynamics Application Layer

Flight Dynamics System Development:

  • Specification of modifications, enhancements and additions to existing software elements
  • Implementation of modifications, enhancements and additions to existing software elements
  • Installation of modifications, enhancements and additions to existing software elements on operational platform(s)- design, coordination and implementation of tests
  • Participation in tests
  • Set-up procedures
  • Flight Dynamics (Sub-)System configuration
  • Coordination of internal and external interfaces and activities across subsystems

General Flight Dynamics operations engineering activities

Education:

University degree in a relevant engineering field, astronomy, mathematics or physics

Professional Experience:

Depending on the application category

Technical Requirements:

Essential Requirements:

  • Very good skills in linear algebra, in particular for problem solving related to geometry in the Euclidean 3–dimensional space.
  • Being familiar with different representations of rotation in 3D, thus including the representation of S/C attitude (cosine direction matrix, Euler symmetric parameters/quaternions, Euler-angles …) is an asset.
  • Very good skills in calculus in one or several variables.
  • Skills in numerical methods for:
    • equations solving,
    • integration of differential equations,
    • function approximation and interpolation,
    • optimisation,
    • linear algebra problems.
  • Very good skills in classical mechanics, including:
    • kinematics and dynamics of point masses,
    • dynamics of rigid bodies,
    • dynamics expressed in non-inertial reference frames, e.g. including dynamics in rotating frames,
    • rotation dynamics expressed in body fixed frame,
    • conservation laws in mechanics,
    • gravitational forces and field,
    • orbit dynamics, keplerian orbits and Kepler laws.
  • Ability to solve mechanics problems via analytical mechanics methods (e.g. lagrangian formulation) is a valuable asset.
  • Skills to apply above knowledge to develop solutions to technical problems in cooperation with customers and other experts.
  • Ability to define, implement, validate and operate software which applies the above solutions, using C++ as main programming language; knowledge of Unix/Linux, scripting languages and Fortran 77/95/2003 is a valuable an asset.
  • Will to take operational responsibility in multi-discipline teams.

Desirable Requirements

  • Familiarity with the ESOC environment.
  • Familiarity/experience with Flight Dynamics operations engineering tasks.
  • Experience dealing with external interfaces.
  • Experience with Linux, network services and protocols, and system administration.
  • The ability to multi-task efficiently; working on multiple activities, multiple subsystems and if applicable multiple missions simultaneously.

Language Skills:

Fluency in English, both in speech and writing

Personal Skills:

  • Coordinate and interact with other service providers in operations and other fields.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience dealing with external interfaces

 

Tagged as: C++, flight dynamics, linear algebra, exomars rsp and solar orbiter, software elements

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