Space Debris Engineering Services

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DEIMOS is selecting a candidate to be located at ESOC a Space Debris Engineering service to ESA Space Debris Office.

DEIMOS is selecting a candidate to be located at ESOC a Space Debris Engineering service to ESA Space Debris Office.

Main Duties:

The main duties envisaged for the current position are:

  • Support mission customers for the compliance verification analysis task
  • Contribute to mission milestone reviews for compliance aspects w.r.t. mitigation guidelines
  • Perform, in support of missions, runs with DRAMA, Scarab and Snappshot and document the results
  • Follow-up external research, as well as internal Research Fellow and OSIP activities and plan/adapt internal work accordingly
  • Support CDF sessions
  • Support the definition of the studies for TDE, GSTP and other ESA programs in the area of space debris.
  • Provide Training on OPS-SD software and processes to internal and external trainees also in training sessions not organised by ESA
  • Routine operation of ESA’s conjunction event prediction system for internal and external customers (apart from Copernicus missions)
  • Detailed analysis and consultancy in the case of a high-risk conjunction event in liaison with the Flight
  • Control Teams, external customers and Flight Dynamics
  • Contributions to the Maintenance, evolution and upgrade of ESA’s conjunction event prediction system and documentation including procedures
  • Contributions to LEOPs where expertise on space debris is required
  • Contributions to the development of the Consolidated Astrodynamics Platform, Debris Mitigation
  • Facility, and applications based on them
  • Contributions to the evolution and upgrade of ESA’s DISCOS database system and systems based thereon
  • Contribute the ESA’s re-entry forecasting process
  • Standby for project support in the areas of the Space Safety Programme
  • Support to the interfacing with external entities, such as CSpOC for the analysis of conjunction events
  • Participate to the office’s regular monthly infrastructure coordination meetings
  • Participate to the office’s regular routine meetings
  • Present and promote ESA achievements recent research and work performed at the Space Debris
  • Office at international conferences (once per year), and support related public relation or outreach activities
  • Support the organisation of conferences and workshops, and run space debris office demonstration towards VIP tours in the space debris facility
  • Provision of technical expertise to the ESA Technical Responsible in responding to TV, broadcast and newspaper interview requests on space debris


Relevant university degrees in the field of either astronomy, mathematics, engineering, or physics.

Professional Experience:

Depending on the application category.

Technical Requirements:

Essential Requirements:

  • The Service will be required to be delivered with skills to apply knowledge to develop solutions to technical (mathematical and dynamical) problems in cooperation with customers and other experts
  • The Service will require to be delivered with the ability to define, implement, validate and operate software which applies the above solutions (using at least Linux scripting languages, Fortran, C++, Python)
  • The Service will be required to be delivered with good communication and presentation skills

Desirable Requirements

  • The Contractor will be required to be familiar with the ESOC environment
  • The Contractor will be required to be familiar/experienced with Space Debris tasks
  • The Contractor will be required to have experience with Linux, network services and protocols, and system administration
  • The Contractor will be required to have the ability to multi-task efficiently; working on multiple activities; multiple missions simultaneously.

Specific Requirements:

  • A high degree of independence
  • Understand the way the CDF works
  • Understand the way the IADC works
  • Understand the way the Space Safety Program works
  • Understand the way flight dynamics and spacecraft control teams work
  • Negotiation skills
  • Coordinate Systems and Reference Frames
  • Orbital Mechanics
  • System engineering
  • Space Debris Matters (observation, modelling, mitigation, risk assessment)
  • Orbit determination aspects
  • Space surveillance techniques and principles
  • Re-entry aerothermodynamics principles and tools
  • Software engineering
  • Support to Outreach activities
  • Software versioning, continuous integration and deployment, and configuration management
  • Database systems, in particular the use of SQL in postgreSQL
  • Basic understanding of the hardware (PCs, RAID, back up mechanisms …)
  • Ensuring a seamless operation of the software systems in routine processes, retrieval of the necessary data
  • On-call support in line with the technical requirements and pre-arranged shift work outside normal working hours during LEOPs

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: python, C++, flight dynamics, compliance verification analysis, drama, scarab and snappshot, fortran

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