Spacecraft Operations Engineering Service – OPS-SAT

  • Full Time
  • Posted 1 week ago
  • Fluency in English, both speech and writing.
  • September 1, 2020

Company Details

Telespazio VEGA Deutschland is the first choice European aerospace company for ICT and engineering solutions and services. We combine 40 years of experience in high-technology markets, where trust and quality are needed. With more than 350 employees in Germany, we craft the future of aerospace together – and beyond. Our staff plays a key role in determining our success through their qualifications, motivation, passion, different cultural backgrounds and their sense of teamwork.

Job Description

ESA’s OPS-SAT is a CubeSat launched in December 2019. It has the sole purpose of testing and validating new techniques in mission control and on-board satellite systems. OPS-SAT provides an in-orbit test-bed environment for the deployment of different experiments to test new protocols, new algorithms, and new techniques.

On the experimental platform, the satellite will run the software experiments.

Telespazio VEGA is looking to expand our team delivering services to ESOC with an additional Spacecraft Operations Engineer, dedicated to the OPS-SAT mission.

OPS-SAT is devoted to demonstrating drastically improved mission control capabilities that will arise when satellites can fly more powerful on-board computers. The satellite is only 30cm high, but it contains an experimental computer ten times more powerful than any current ESA spacecraft.

The Position

The primary areas of responsibility for this service are Mission Planning and MATIS automation of procedures but the service may be extended to perform activities for additional subsystems or systems within the scope of general SOE services, including test, validation and operation of the Mission Control System and Simulator.

OPS-SAT is operated in a unique fashion compared to other ESA missions, where emphasis is placed on dynamic programming and automation. The procedures are written in C and the Mission Planning and MATIS automation are in Python and Linux, and on this mission the selected engineer is not just the user of the systems, but equally the software developer to a great extent.

This position is based at ESOC in Darmstadt. It is full-time and permanent and expected starting date will be around September 2020.

We are looking forward to meeting you!


The general activities to be supported by this service are (depending on the phase of the mission):

  • Preparation and updating of Flight Control and Contingency Procedures;
  • Execution of the operations (usually automated);
  • Mission Planning Support Service including maintaining/evolving the Mission Planning Software;
  • On-Board Software Maintenance Support Service;
  • Coordinating with experimenters and testing experiments with the Flatsats;
  • General Flight Control Support Service including Automation using MATIS;
  • Spacecraft Performance Analysis;


  • University degree or equivalent education in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or Telecommunications Engineering.

Essential Skills

  • Experience with computer programming (e.g. VBA, python, C, Linux skills);
  • Experience in activities applicable to spacecraft operations;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Fluency in English, both speech and writing.

Desirable Skills

  • Familiarity with satellite control systems, in particular SCOS-2000;
  • Familiarity with procedure writing and testing;
  • Familiarity with MATIS.

Further Details

  • CV in Europass format

Your Benefits of joining us

By joining the Telespazio family, you will enjoy all the benefits of a competitive salary in a sustainable work environment, flexible working time models, diverse advancement and training possibilities for technical, language and soft skills, a generous holiday package as well as a company pension scheme. Furthermore, we support you with your relocation. Through our wide network, we can also support your partner in finding a job at your new work location.


Are you equally passionate about our visions and dreams? We’d love to hear from you today and send us your application!

Your HR Contact for this position is Melanie Giesche.


Tagged as: python, C++, linux, scos-2000, VBA, flatsats, satellite control systems, matis

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