Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Engineer

  • Full Time
  • Posted 1 month ago
  • High level of English, spoken and written.

Company Details

Deimos Space was created in 2001 with the goal of delivering high-tech systems and engineering solutions in the aerospace field. The company currently employs more than 200 engineers, and has become one of the key players in the European space sector. The recognized capabilities of the company have made it a reliable partner beyond the aerospace sector, because today Deimos Space is a global systems integrator that supports the adoption of technologies and develops business critical infrastructures in a wide variety of sectors, such as telecommunications, transport, energy, environment, aerial and maritime navigation, and digital transformation.

DEIMOS is selecting 1 engineer to be integrated in the Flight Systems Business Unit to support new growth areas in mission engineering, in particular on mission analysis and simulation activities for atmospheric flight.

The position includes responsibility in launchers and re-entry vehicle Mission Engineering, including trajectory modelling, simulation and performance analyses.

The work of the Flight Systems Business Unit includes activities in the areas of Mission Analysis and Flight Mechanics with applications to atmospheric vehicles (e.g. launchers and re-entry vehicles), as well as the associated research, innovation and technology development.

As a matter of reference, DEIMOS has endorsed European level responsibility in a range of projects including:

  • Launchers and Re-Entry vehicles (ex: DEIMOS-Orbex partnership on micro-launchers (, IXV and Space Rider programmes)
  • Planetary Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) (ex: EXOMARS programme)
  • Space Debris including Satellites Design for Demise and Active Debris Removal (ex: DRAMA and SESAM tools)

Main Duties:

The following responsibilities are envisioned, to be progressively planned and allocated to the candidate:

  • Involvement in Mission Engineering and R&D projects
  • Mission analysis including trajectory modelling, simulation, performance and safety analyses.
  • Trajectory optimization for ascent or re-entry flight
  • Development of engineering tools to support the Mission Engineering processes, including trajectory modelling, simulation and performance analyses


  • Aerospace/aeronautics MSc/MEng degree or PhD.

Professional Experience:


  • Engineer with at least 1 year of experience in the practical application of the domains relevant to the post (relevant PhD studies will also be considered)

The position will be tailored to the level of experience and additional industrial experience would be viewed very positively.

Technical Requirements:

The following capabilities are required for the post:

  • Atmospheric flight mechanics background (ascent, re-entry)
  • Atmospheric flight trajectory simulation modelling and design, execution and analysis (Monte Carlo, statistical processing…)
  • Online optimization techniques for ascent and/or re-entry vehicles
  • Guidance for ascent and/or re-entry vehicles
  • Knowledge on software engineering and programming languages (Matlab & Simulink)

The following capabilities are desired for the post:

  • Knowledge of launch systems or planetary entry systems (capsules, lifting bodies…).
  • Knowledge of aerodynamics and flying qualities
  • Knowledge of satellite removal and space debris (end of life, re-entry phase)
  • Knowledge of artificial intelligence technology for trajectory or vehicle design optimisation

Language Skills:

  • High level of English, spoken and written

Personal Skills:

  • Capability to integrate in and work within a team from different geographical locations.
  • Capability to propose innovative solutions to complex problems
  • Initiative, autonomy and self-development
  • Responsibility towards the customer and workmates
  • Technical presentation and reporting skills


Tagged as: aerodynamics, launch systems, matlab & simulink, monte carlo, atmospheric flight mechanics, statistical processing, ascent/re-entry vehicles, planetary entry systems

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