Flight Dynamicist

Company Details

Company Description

Inmarsat has been at the forefront of global mobile satellite communications for over forty years, and is the market leading provider of voice and high-speed data communications for users on land, at sea and in the air through its constellation of 14 geostationary satellites.  Inmarsat is a privately owned company with a profitable track record and significant growth aspirations. This is represented by more than 55 nationalities in the workforce, reflecting the global and dynamic nature of the business. With an investment of over $3 billion in its latest network infrastructure, Inmarsat is at the forefront of global mobile communications innovation.

Chief Operations Office 

Inmarsat’s Chief Operations Office (COO) plays a vital role managing the services that keep our business running and delivering to our customers. COO consists of 9 functions including: Satellite Operations, Network Operations, Service Assurance, Service Delivery Aviation and Customer Assurance, Service Delivery and Supply Chain, Project Management Office, Global Cyber Security and Group IT

Job Description

Primary role purpose:

The Flight Dynamicist position ultimately encompasses all the tasks associated with the station-keeping of Inmarsat satellites such that their operational lifetimes are maximised. Once fully trained on these satellites, the successful candidate will contribute to the manoeuvre planning and station-keeping of Inmarsat’s state of the art plasma-based fleet.

Responsibilities and Duties of the Position:

  • Undertake Flight Dynamics processes
  • Prime focus on station-keeping I4, Alphasat, I5 and I6 satellites
  • Assist with Flight Dynamics operations support to customers internal and external to FD
  • Developing and integrating mission specific support software as required
  • Eventually learn to plan station-keeping manoeuvres for future satellite generations


Essential Knowledge and Skills:

  • A passion for Space
  • University level degree(s) in Science, Mathematics or Engineering to provide a sound basis for the analytical tasks typically performed by a Flight Dynamicist
  • Experience of software programming languages such as: Fortran/C/C++/Java/Tk-tcl as well as the UNIX and Linux operating system to allow software development for analytical work and maintenance of existing software packages under the direction of the FD Director
  • Written and verbal proficiency in the English language

Desirable Knowledge and Skills:

  • General knowledge of orbit dynamics and related topics such as orbit determination, orbit propagation, celestial event prediction and station-keeping theory
  • Some understanding of attitude control theory would be helpful
  • Some familiarity with Weighted least-squares algorithm and/or Kalman Filter applications
  • Clarity in written and verbal communications for providing Satellite Controllers and Analysts with unambiguous direction regarding any special manoeuvre instructions
  • General software/functional familiarity with Matlab, Excel or similar related analytical tools
  • Acceptance of routine operations work taking precedence over other work given that manoeuvres need to be executed on time

Additional Information

You must be eligible to work in this location advertised.

Inmarsat Values: 

Our values define Inmarsat’s culture and represent what we believe in. Inmarsat employees aspire to certain behaviours which support our corporate values, they create a stronger working environment and lie at the heart of our continued success as an organisation.

  • Customer – Providing a unique value to our customers
  • Accountability – taking ownership, getting results and keeping our promises
  • Respect – collaborating, embracing diversity and valuing differences
  • Excellence – creating bold solutions for our customers and putting quality at the heart of everything we do


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