Senior Spacecrafts Operations Engineer

Palo Alto, United States

Our mission is supported by an ambitious vertically integrated approach: design & manufacture of small satellites combined with development of earth observation services.

Since its creation in 2018, the company has already grown substantially. Our team gathers more than 25 engineering expertise, from hardware design to software development & data science.

In 2024, Aerospacelab counts offices in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), Toulouse (France), Lausanne (Switzerland) and US West Coast with more than 200 full-time employees, with the ambition to position itself as the European leader in small satellites.

Role Overview

        As a Senior Spacecraft Operations Engineer, you will be at the forefront of our satellite operations, steering the command of satellites, crafting essential ground tools, and automating mission processes. This role presents a distinctive opportunity to harness your proficiency in Python scripting while delving into all satellite systems. You'll engage with every facet of the satellites, playing a role in ensuring the success of each mission. 

        In your senior capacity, you will not only command satellites but also provide crucial support to the team in defining novel processes and tools. Your expertise will be instrumental in shaping the requirements for operations software, guiding another team of developers as they build features tailored to operational needs, and contributing significantly to the future of operations at Aerospacelab. 

        This position demands a high level of autonomy, given your integration into a team working across Europe. Autonomy, rapid learning, and decisive decision-making are essential qualities for success in this dynamic environment. 

        If you possess a profound passion for space, a strong knowledge of satellites, enjoy the creative process of developing scripts and tools for process automation, and are eager to immerse yourself in the vibrant world of satellite operations, then this role aligns perfectly with your aspirations. 

      Key Responsabilities

          • Mission Operations Participation: Engage in all operational phases of Aerospacelab’s CubeSats and SmallSats missions, 

          • Operations Planning and Scheduling: Contribute to the planning and scheduling of satellite's missions, to optimize the operations. 

          • Procedure Development: Develop, validate, and maintain both nominal and contingency operations procedures,

          • Tool and Script Development: Drive the creation and maintenance of operations tools and scripts, leveraging automation and Python scripting,

          • Subsystem Support: Provide support in the design of platform subsystems, payload instruments, on-board software management, satellite simulators, and ground segment operations requirements,

          • User Manuals and Procedures: Contribute to the production of comprehensive spacecraft user manuals and procedures, ensuring clarity and accessibility for the operations team,

          • Operations Concept Development: Play a key role in shaping and refining operations concepts to enhance overall mission effectiveness,

          • Performance Analysis: Conduct health and performance trend analysis at the system, subsystem, and instrument levels, 

          • Anomaly Investigation: Investigate spacecraft anomalies and actively participate in the anomaly resolution process, demonstrating your problem-solving skills,


          • On-Call Support: Participate in satellite on-call support, contributing to the continuous monitoring and success of missions. 

          • Trainings: Take the lead in training Juniors Staellite Operations Engineers.

          Nice to have

          • Knowledge of PUS ECSS standard
          • Work experience in Python
          • Experience in the development of satellite ground segment facilities/tools
          • Knowledge in flight dynamics
          • Knowledge in SQL databases

          Must have

          • BEng in Engineering Discipline
          • 2+ years experience in Spacecraft operations engineering
          • Experience in satellite performance monitoring and reporting
          • Good knowledge of a scripting language (Python or similar)
          • Good knowledge of satellite subsystems
          • Fluent in English
          • Strong Autonomy

          joining us

          • Build your own career path
          • Direct impact on the growth trajectory of the company
          • Flat hierarchy
          • Fast-paced environment
          • Flexible ways of working
          • Salary package consistent with your experience