Spacecraft Operations Engineer

  • Full Time
  • Posted 3 months ago
  • Eligibility for UK security clearance. Fluent in English, both in speech and writing.

Company Details

WE HELP EARTH BENEFIT FROM SPACE. SSC is a leading global provider of advanced space services with more than fifty years of experience. Since our start pioneering scientific rocket launches in northern Sweden, we have grown into a renowned, full-service supplier of state-of-the-art space engineering, satellite and launch services to commercial and institutional customers worldwide.

Technical Requirements

SSC UK is looking for  an experienced Spacecraft Operations Engineer.

SSC enables its customers to make better use of space. Through the efforts of our 550 employees around the world, we provide specialized competence in design, test, launch and operation of space and air systems.

SSC Space UK is a fully owned subsidiary of Swedish Space Corporation. It is based in Oxfordshire UK within the science park in Harwell.

The organisation is growing rapidly and has several exciting opportunities for people looking to extend their careers in the space industry. This is a role for a technical person aiming to gain operational experience in supporting and managing daily spacecraft activities of space programmes with complex requirements. The role covers a wide range of space technologies that include spacecraft subsystems engineering, good understanding of missions and platforms design, space applications and service and is complemented by an attractive salary and good benefits package.

The specific responsibilities include:

Mission preparation, LEOP and commissioning phases:

  • Preparation and execution of the operations including pre-launch, LEOP and commissioning phases.
  • Review of the existing infrastructure and mission systems and define system and subsystem requirements for the Mission Operations Centre.
  • Define, prepare and execute ground segment validation tests including acceptance tests, system validation tests and ground segment system tests.
  • Prepare and execute spacecraft operations for nominal and contingency cases (including contribution to the operational products such as Flight Operations Plan, Operations Concept, Operations Reports and Database).
  • Analysis and report on spacecraft and ground segment performance.
  • Interface with project group and industry for technical matters and review of spacecraft design, interfaces to the ground segment and operations documentation.
  • Preparation for, and participation in, the System Validation Tests (SVT). Preparation of SVT specific procedures and writing of SVT reports
  • Identification, recording, investigation and progression of spacecraft and ground-based anomalies during the SVTs, simulations campaign and LEOP.
  • Preparation for, and participation in, the simulations campaigns.

Participation in the LEOP:

  • Contribution to the post-LEOP reports.

Mission routine phase:

  • Planning and execution of satellite routine operations, both on-line and off-line.
  • Performance of routine and contingency operations as required.
  • Planning and execution of specific special operations.
  • Prepare/conduct/report on any special operations (manual activity, engineering activity, in flight testing, etc.) incl. compilation of the weekly operations report.
  • Analysis and reporting on spacecraft and ground segment performance.
  • Perform system and sub-system and/or instrument day-to-day monitoring and long-term trend evaluations.
  • Perform health status assessment, including: anomaly investigation, tracking & follow-up.
  • Support ground segment corrections or improvements.
  • Updating procedures and systems following satellite failures or new requirements.
  • Maintain the relevant procedures of the Flight Operations Plan.
  • Support a regular on-call service.
  • Interface with other internal and external teams.

Academic Requirements

  • University Degree in Engineering or Technical Sciences

Specific Requirements

Essential Skills and experience:

  • Two to three years’ experience in a similar role.
  • Good general knowledge of spacecraft systems.
  • Solid understanding of test procedures, equipment and tools background.
  • Good spacecraft systems knowledge on a subsystem level.
  • Familiarity with operational environments.
  • Ability to understand and accurately predict behaviour of complex systems.
  • Fluent in English, both in speech and writing.
  • System-minded and a team-player.
  • Pro-active and confident personality with good persuasive skills.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently with little or no supervision.
  • Ability to differentiate requirements of low-cost and high-quality programmes
  • Good interpersonal, organisation and communication skills, with the ability to work in a diverse and interdisciplinary team environment
  • Good organisation and time management skills
  • Eligibility for UK security clearance

Desirable skills

  • Experience in working with space tailored COTS components and equipment
  • Experience with Office Tools and Web site management.
  • Experience in working in a dynamic engineering environment with very tight schedules
  • Ability to relate contractual commitments vs project needs with ultimate aim to successfully deliver the project needs within the contractual scope of work

Background information


A permanent employment contract. Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package. Career path.


In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process. Furthermore, in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees will undergo stringent reference and identity checks.

Are you looking for a challenging position in a very interesting, international environment? Then please apply online.


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