Mechanical and Thermal Architect

Company Details

end-to-end space mobility.

Exotrail is an end-to-end space mobility operator. We design, develop and sell mobility solutions for an agile space.

Our mission is to allow satellites to move in space, so that we can optimise their deployment, increase their service performances and reduce space pollution. Thanks to it, a new world of telecommunication, earth observation, space logistic and exploration will arise.

Exotrail’s Mobility Hub allow our customers:

  • To define accurately their mobility need with our collaborative, intuitive mission and system design software ExoOPS™ – Mission Design
  • To solve this mobility need with our high-thrust, flexible propulsion systems ExoMG™ and our in-space transportation and logistics services with our SpaceVan™ vehicle
  • To operate the solution with our “flight dynamics-inside” constellation operation automation software ExoOPS™ – Operations
  • Exotrail has been incorporated in 2017 and has secured over 20M€ since then from prestigious Venture Capital funds and public grants. We have customers all across the globe on all our product lines – US, Europe and Asia.
  • Our team is expanding quickly and consists, as of today, of +60 people who are passionate about disrupting the space industry. We operate out of two locations: Toulouse and Massy (suburb of Paris).

Job Description

  • We are looking for a Mechanical and Thermal Architect to join the In-Orbit Servicing team. The main role of this person will be to design, from start to production, to manage the production and the integration of the structure of the SpaceVan™, a transportation vehicle dedicated for small satellites. This structure includes mechanical and thermal constraints.
  • The current team is composed of several systems engineers and experts working mainly on the first mission of the SpaceVan™. Your role will be to provide the structure of the SpaceVan™. This job requires to master all the steps from the initial design to production and assembly. Thus, it involves performing initial trade-offs, systems accommodation, initial and detailed CAD, design justification by simulation and tests, manufacturing, and assembly management. The work will be performed in close collaboration with the SpaceVan™ development and operations teams at Exotrail.
  • At Exotrail, we are looking for talents willing to embrace a large scope of actions. This position requires candidates interested in developing their skills from deep technical tasks to project overview and management.

Your main tasks will be:

  • Design the thermal and structural architecture of the SpaceVan™ in coordination with the team (systems, payload, propulsion, AIT, etc.)
  • Propose, design and build modular structures in regards with technical and business constraints
  • Perform analysis to validate the design and accommodation of the structure regarding mechanical and thermal constraints
  • Design specific mechanical parts of the SpaceVan™ in collaboration with the other teams
  • Manage the manufacturing, procurement and acceptance of mechanical parts and separation systems
  • Participate to the mechanical integration of the SpaceVan™ spacecraft and payloads including the
  • Preparation of procedures in collaboration with other teams and customers
  • Participate to the testing and qualification of the satellite: environmental testing, system assembly, etc.
  • The SpaceVan™ is a vehicle capable to transport passenger satellites and payloads to a specific destination in space. The spacecraft will be able to handle a payload capacity of several hundred of kilograms and to deploy them safely in orbit. The structure shall be designed to be at the same time stiff and modular. As the spacecraft will handle an important quantity of power considering its size, the thermal management might involve the use of heat pipes or heat sinks.
  • Furthermore, the SpaceVan™ is a project that is moving forward rapidly and with constant technical and business developments: from improved structures to payloads dedicated to in-orbit servicing.
  • The evolution of the role of the Mechanical and Thermal Architect can be to focus on design of new concepts, to take a managerial position or to move to production.
  • You will work directly with the VP of In-Orbit Services and with the Lead Engineer of the In-Orbit Services team.

Preferred Experience

  • Exotrail is looking for a mechanical and thermal design architect with hands-on experience on the design of complex systems, from initial design to the production and testing.
  • Typically, the candidate worked on satellites projects and has experience in the design of structures for space applications.
  • The candidate has at least 5 years of experience.

In addition, and as importantly, the candidate must have the following mindset:

  • Interest in highly technical work, from the high-level requirements to the final details for manufacturing and assembly
  • High autonomy and proactive attitude
  • Pragmatism, risk-taking and accountable
  • Good communication skills with fluent English
  • Willingness to join the dynamic, vibrant, demanding environment of a start-up

Tagged as: heat pipes, in-orbit services, thermal architect, heat sinks

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