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GNC Design Engineer

Job ID: R0141311 Location: Rome, Latium, Italy
Regular Employment, Full time
Acteur spatial mondialement reconnu dans les domaines des télécommunications, de la navigation, de l’observation de la terre, de l’exploration et de la réalisation d’infrastructures orbitales, Thales Alenia Space est une Joint-Venture entre les groupes Thales (67%) et Leonardo (33%).

Thales Alenia Space conceive, design and  deliver high technology solutions for satellites, payloads, equipment, systems and services for telecommunications, observation, navigation and exploration programs, as well as orbital Infrastructures and space transportation systems.

The Roma site is a center of excellence for Earth Observation, Telecommunication and Navigation space programs.

About us

The “Guidance Navigation & Control Engineering” unit belongs to the “Avionics & Electrical Engineering” department in the Competence Center Platform and Integration – Italy. We are in charge for providing engineering competence in the area of the Guidance and Navigation Control, also referred as Attitude and Orbit Control System, at System, Platform, Sub-System and Unit levels.

The following main activities are part of our duties:

> Studying, dimensioning, modelling, designing and analytically verifying the > AOCS solutions

> Specifying the AOCS technical Solutions/Products

> Providing the technical documentation needed to justify and to feed the production, integration and verification phases of the AOCS solution

> Specifying AOCS Assemblies/Sub-Assemblies and Units for procurement

> Concurring, for the technical aspects, to the procurements of the HW and SW relevant to the AOCS Solutions/Products

> Supporting the AOCS Subsystem AIT phases and the validation at Avionics Test Bench level, including the simulation environment preparation and setup (DSS models for real-time closed loop testing, Hi-Fi units models, signal acquisition and generation drivers)

> Supporting the AIT phases and the validation of the AOCS solutions at System level, including the operations such as Launch Campaigns, LEOP, In Orbit Testing and On Orbit Maintenance

> Contributing to the REX processes in cooperation with the other branches of the CC and others CCs.

For this department we are looking for an AOCS Design Engineer

About the job

The proposed job will be in charge of contributing to all the phases of the AOCS Sub-System lifecycle, starting from the phase A/B feasibility and study, through the phase C/D design and implementation up to the in-flight activities during phase E. The proposed job manages the AOCS subsystem architectural and technical design. It also includes the implementation and execution of tests at Avionic Test Bench and support  AIT at Satellite level, documentation of V&V activities in VCD. It is expected to support satellite launch and flight phases, including simulations, LEOP, IOT and on-orbit maintenance.

The proposed job will imply the following duties:

> AOCS architecture definition, sizing and justification

> Attitude perturbations environment analysis

> AOCS HW units specification and technical management

> Propulsion S/S configuration and sizing

> AOCS modes design, implementation and verification

> AOCS control system design and analysis reports

> Attitude estimation algorithms design, implementation and verification

> MATLAB-Simulink automatic code generation

> AOCS & SYS FDIR design, configuration and validation

> Avionics V&V activity at SDVE and ATB level

> S/C dynamics and AOCS Units modeling and performances analysis at System and Sub-system levels, including:

  • MATLAB AOC Development Environment (M-ADE)
  • AOC&N DEveLopment Environment (ADELE)
  • AOC&N Code Generation Environment (HARDCORE)
  • SW Development and Validation Environment (SDVE)
  • Dynamics Simulation SW (DSS) for ATB
  • S/C dynamics and AOCS Units models for the Satellite Simulator

> OCS special verification facilities Requirements Specification an procurement technical monitoring (e.g. STT EGSE and GNSS EGSE)

> Flight Operations support for the AOCS aspect. Technical coverage of in-flight anomaly investigation and flight data analysis

This request is for a permanent position.

The working site is Rome, but it might be required working in other locations for short mid-term periods.

Short periods of 24h shift working across the full week might be required upon specific program needs (e.g. AVS IVVQ, AIT TB/TV or LEOP schedule).

About You

Education and experience

You have a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering, with explicit focus on attitude control, or in Control Systems Engineering.

You are fluent in English (C1 and above certification) both listening and reading.

You have at least 5 years of experience in similar position with at least an experience on Earth Observation, Navigation or Telecom platform / spacecraft design and test phases up to the launch / LEOP and commissioning.

Skills and knowledge

  • kinematics a dynamics of rigid bodies with gyroscopic stiffness and flexible appendages
  • AOCS sensors and actuators technology
  • optimal estimation theory
  • robust control theory
  • Matlab/Simulink, C++ and Python programming
  • AOCS engineering standards ECSS-E-ST-60
  • ECSS Packet Utilization Standard (PUS)
  • Orchestra Suite (PV:: & Doors at least)

Personal ability

  • Customer focused, proactive attitude
  • Organized and methodical approach to the work with strong communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at one time, to work autonomously and in team
  • Strong attitude to achieve results within time and cost constraints
  • Problem solving attitude

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About our location

Roma, Italy