Systems Engineer – Satellite Mission Lead

Company Details

D-Orbit is a market-leading New Space company specializing in space logistics, transportation services, and infrastructure.

About D-Orbit

D-Orbit is a market leader in the space logistics and transportation services industry with a track record of space-proven technologies and successful missions. Committed to helping companies profitably and sustainably maximize the opportunities to do business in space today and into the future, the company has developed proprietary space logistics technology and transportation solutions that will accelerate the growth and development of a trillion-dollar space economy, including human expansion into space.

ION Satellite Carrier, the company’s core technology, is a space vehicle that can transport satellites in orbit and release them individually into distinct orbital slots; ION can also accommodate multiple third-party payloads like innovative technologies developed by startups, experiments from research entities, and instruments from traditional space companies requiring a test in orbit.

D-Orbit has offices in Italy, Portugal, UK, and the US; its commitment to pursuing business models that are profitable, friendly for the environment, and socially beneficial, led to D-Orbit becoming the first certified B-Corp space company in the world.

About this role

D-Orbit is hiring a system engineer to join our growing system engineering team. As integral part of the group, you will be involved in the configuration and customization of already flight-qualified platforms, such as the ION Satellite Carrier Vehicle within the D-Orbit “Fleet” program, providing safe and simple access to space to smallsats and hosted payloads.

For each mission, you will coordinate part of the D-Orbit engineering team in the on-boarding process of customer payloads, including customizations and ad-hoc compatibility verification of mechanical, data, power and communications interfaces. You will then coordinate the flight preparation activities and be directly involved in the launch provider exchanges. You will also join the launch campaign integration team to install the spacecraft on the launch vehicle adapter ring. Eventually after launch and orbit injection, you will support the flight operations team to ensure accomplishment of the mission objectives.

You will interface with the Mission Manager, the Engineering and AIT team, and manage all technical aspects behind a satellite mission, from each single piece to the final spacecraft assembly, and provide your personal contribute to the spacecraft integration on the launch vehicle, launch, orbit injection and on-orbit operations.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Satellite optionsheet configuration and performance budgets definition;
  • Satellite customization requirements definition;
  • Satellite AIT/AIV coordination;
  • Support Mission Manager in planning activties;
  • Collect customer’s payload requirements and define customization activities;
  • Coordinate the Engineering specialists to prepare payload’s integration;
  • Support Mission Manager with the technical documentation required by the launch provider;
  • Coordinate satellite’s payload bay preparation;
  • Coordinate and support satellite preparation to flight, including environmental test;
  • Prepare and partecipate to Launch Campaign activities;
  • Define mission activities and support flight operations team planning.

Professional experience

  • We are interested in speaking to people with a minimum of one to three years of experience working in spacecraft systems design.
Job Role

Job requirements

  • At least three years of working experience in spacecraft system engineering;
  • Experience with environmental test activities
  • Knowledge of the launch preparation work package
  • Knowledge of System Engineering principles and system-level knowledge of all spacecraft subsystems;
  • Knowledge of data busses architectures;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Proactive attitude and ability to leading a work team;
  • Experience in the use of Matlab and Python;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Nice-to-have skills

  • Knowledge of Mission analysis software (GMAT/orekit);
  • Confluence and YOGI requirements experience;
  • Knowledge of Linux.


University degree preferably in the fields of Aerospace/Space Engineering


This role requires professional proficiency in English.

Tagged as: systems engineering, spacecraft design

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