Head of AOCS/GNC Engineering

  • Full-Time
  • Posted 2 months ago
  • Salary: Competitive
  • This position is primarily for a candidate who has the right to work in the UK, but other applicants will be considered based on experience.

Company Details

Lúnasa Space is a UK-based space-tech start-up with a mission to accelerate sustainable, reliable, and affordable in-space logistics and infrastructure.

About Lúnasa:

Lúnasa is a fast-growing space start-up based in Harwell and London with a mission to develop an innovative, dual-stage in-space satellite servicing vehicle to provide affordable access to new orbits for SmallSats and ultimately satellite life extension services in Earth orbits and beyond. We are a venture funded company, incubated in ESA Business Incubation Centre (Harwell), and recognised by the UK Space Agency.

Location: TBC
Salary: Competitive
This position is primarily for a candidate who has the right to work in the UK, but other applicants will be considered based on experience.

Job summary:
We are looking for an experienced, confident leader who has held a senior position before and displays a strong balance of technical acumen, management skills, and stakeholder management skills. As a Head of AOCS/GNC Engineering, the role and responsibilities are as below. For the AOCS/GNC, at the beginning, you will strongly support the AOCS and GNC subsystem Leads that are people from your Team assigned to the program.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Supervising the output from their Team to reach defined objectives.
  • Interfacing between the Executive Management and their Team.
  • Allocating teams and resources to Programs and internal activities.
  • Defining and bidding for funding opportunities to support internal activities.
  • Be involved with hiring, onboarding, and developing new staff.
  • Defining and developing internal technologies and technical building blocks within the domain.
  • Establishing roadmaps, and maximising opportunities to follow them within funding opportunities.
Essential Experience:
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in AOCS and GNC.
  • Deep understanding of AOCS/GNC algorithm design e.g. navigation filters, guidance strategies and controllers.
  • Experience designing fault-tolerant AOCS and GNC systems e.g. fault-tolerant algorithm/software design.
  • Knowledge and experience of AOCS/GNC rendezvous and pose estimation sensors, actuators, and methods.
  • Experience of satellite trajectory design and analysis e.g. passively safe trajectories, abort manoeuvres and collision avoidance manoeuvres.
  • Experience of AOCS and GNC hardware integration and test planning, as well as rapid prototyping of Hardware-in-the-loop systems.
  • Experience with software packages commonly used e.g. MATLAB/Simulink, Python, C++
  • Demonstrates excellent leadership experience.
  • Be able to work in a start-up environment.
  • Excellent technical communications skills (written/verbal).

Education and work experience:

The ideal candidate must have a relevant degree in Engineering disciplines.

What we provide

  • Medical Insurance
  • Pension Contribution
  • On-site GYM
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Parental Leave
  • Employee Share Scheme


Tagged as: engineering, simulation, GNC, management, spacecraft GNC architectures, AOCS sensors

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