Flight Dynamics and Planning Engineer

Flight Dynamics and Planning Engineer

DLR - German Aerospace Center

Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

Your Mission:

The Flight Dynamics and Planning teams inside the Galileo Project will be supporting and co-operating together with Flight, Space Segment, Ground, Mission and Training teams for the preparation, scheduling and in some cases execution of all operations required for Galileo constellation and its Ground Segment, from LEOP to routine, until End-of-Life (EoL) and disposal, also including the handling of potential contingencies on Ground and/or Space Segment levels.

In particular, as Flight Dynamics Engineer, you will be responsible for orbit and attitude determination and prediction, provision of products and support to operations, orbit manoeuvres planning and execution, collision risk assessment, as well as many mission analyses.

As Planning Engineer, you will be in charge of delivering on a weekly basis the Operational Timeline for the Galileo Project and associated Team Plan.

We offer you a stable and long term opportunity to work in an international and competitive environment on a high profile European Project. DLR GfR mbH is encouraging you to take the initiative and drive to assume responsibility that will develop your technical and leadership skills.

Learn more in one year than you will in any other organization and take on the following tasks as Flight Dynamics and Planning Engineer:

  • Support to routine orbit determination, propagation, event prediction, command generation and other orbit-related products for different teams and elements;
  • Coordination of LEOP pre- and post-launch flight dynamics and planning activities;
  • Preparation and execution of station acquisition and keeping, collision avoidance, relocation and disposal manoeuvre campaigns;
  • Support to both space and ground anomalies investigation and resolution;
  • Performance and trend analysis reporting;
  • Definition, analysis and continuous improvement of operational flight dynamics processes, databases, procedures, tools and interfaces;
  • Operations planning and coordination via the preparation of a weekly timeline and team plan;
  • Maintain and develop training material.

Your Qualification:

Mandatory Knowledge/Skills:

  • Master´s degree in engineering or physics, preferably in Aerospace Engineering;
  • In-depth knowledge of spaceflight mechanics (covering orbit/attitude dynamics and control subsystems);
  • Proven experience in validating, operating and maintaining operational spacecraft flight dynamics systems;
  • Proven experience in LEOP and station acquisition flight dynamics operations preparation/execution;
  • Proven expertise with Unix systems, command line tools and scripting languages (bash, awk, python);
  • Solid problem solving skills, with a pro-active attitude and capability to work under minimum supervision, multi-tasking and self-learning skills;
  • Strong focus attitude towards collaborative team working and ability to interface with customers and stakeholders;
  • Strong organizational, communication and relationship management skills;
  • Fluent oral and written English skills (all day-to-day activities and documentation are performed through English).

Desirable Knowledge/Skills:

  • Knowledge of GNSS space flight mechanics in MEO;
  • Familiarity with space or ground segments of navigation satellite systems, such as EGNOS or Galileo;
  • Experience in FD operations preparations/execution for collision avoidance;
  • Experience in FD operations preparations/execution for S/C passivation and disposal;
  • Experience in spacecraft operations planning;
  • Familiarity with NAPEOS software, FocusSuite/FocusLEOP/Autofocus;
  • Familiarity with statistical and graphical analysis tools like MATLAB, Python and SQL;
  • Knowledge of system engineering standards and methodologies relevant to space operational systems;
  • Knowledge of configuration management systems and practices.

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