Kepler is on a Mission to bring the internet to space. Incorporated in 2015, Kepler’s guiding star is to enable the space economy through the creation of a communication network in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) that will provide connectivity services to other space missions, be they on orbit in LEO, MEO, GEO, or beyond.
- Mechanical System Integration: Collaborate with the spacecraft design team to understand the mechanical system requirements and develop assembly and integration plans. Perform the integration of mechanical subsystems, including structures, mechanisms, thermal control systems, harness, and propulsion systems. Support the design and testing of Ground Support Equipment (GSE).
- Component Integration: Perform the integration of various mechanical components, such as payloads, antennas, solar panels, mechanism, harness, thermal hardware. Ensure proper alignment, fit, and functionality of these components within the spacecraft.
- Testing and Verification: Develop test procedures and protocols to verify the mechanical performance of the spacecraft. Conduct comprehensive testing at different stages of assembly and integration to identify and resolve any issues or anomalies. Analyze test data and generate reports to track system performance.
- Environmental Testing: Plan and execute environmental tests, including vibration, micro-vibration, thermal, and vacuum tests, to validate the mechanical robustness and performance of the spacecraft. Work closely with test facilities and technicians to ensure accurate and efficient testing.
- Troubleshooting and Problem Solving: Investigate and diagnose mechanical anomalies or failures during integration and testing phases. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to troubleshoot and resolve issues, ensuring the successful completion of AIT activities.
- Documentation and Reporting: Maintain accurate and up-to-date documentation of all AIT activities, including procedures, logbooks, test plans, test results, and technical reports. Provide regular progress updates and reports to the project team, highlighting any significant findings or recommendations.
- Collaboration and Teamwork: Collaborate effectively with multidisciplinary teams, including spacecraft designers, system engineers, electrical engineers, and technicians. Participate in design reviews, team meetings, and technical discussions to contribute expertise and ensure seamless integration of mechanical systems.
- Quality Assurance: Ensure compliance with industry standards, best practices, and quality assurance processes throughout the AIT activities. Implement proper configuration management and version control practices for mechanical components.
- Continuous Improvement: Stay updated with the latest advancements in spacecraft mechanical systems, integration techniques, and testing methodologies. Identify opportunities for process improvements and contribute to the development of new AIT techniques or tools.
- Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a related field. Master’s degree is preferred.
- Strong understanding of mechanical systems, structures, materials, and mechanisms.
- Proficiency in mechanical troubleshooting and diagnostic techniques.
- Familiarity with mechanical design tools and software.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Excellent written and verbal communication abilities.
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment and collaborate with diverse stakeholders.
- Attention to detail and a commitment to delivering high-quality results.
- Ability to adapt to changing priorities and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Able to work shifts when required.
- Experience with spacecraft integration and testing, preferably in a space industry or aerospace environment.
- Knowledge of industry standards and practices related to spacecraft mechanical AIT.