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Noordwijk, the Netherlands

AOCS Engineer

Expires: December 15, 2021


Job Overview

We are looking for an AOCS Engineer on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) for their location in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, to join their AOCS/GNC Sensors Unit for the development and procurement of sensors and actuators.
Please note, the successful candidate will be employed by ATG Europe and not by ESA.
The successful candidate will be tasked with, but not limited to:

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Tasks & Responsibilities

  • The Sensors Unit is in charge of gyroscopes, accelerometers, star trackers, APS detectors for star trackers, sun sensors, magnetic sensors and actuators, and bespoke GNC sensors such as navigation cameras, 3D cameras or Lidars for GNC;
  • Support to the ESTEC AOCS/GNC Sensors Unit for the development and procurement of sensors and actuators;
  • Access to the Sensors Lab, where technologies can be independently characterized;
  • Provide regular Technical Reporting of the Hardware Development as well as contribute in the preparation and execution of project and technology studies reviews.
  • Additional tasks may include:
  • Definition and implementation of AOCS (Attitude and Orbit Control Systems) for Earth Observation, Telecom, Navigation satellites and for Astronomy Observatories;
  • The functional support provided to these projects (e.g. Sentinel, Earth Care, MTG, Alphasat, Small GEO, Galileo, GAIA, Solar Orbiter, …) includes:
  • Participation to project reviews (SRR, PDR CDR, …);
  • AOCS design, analyses and simulations (control loops design and modelling, FDIR, independent simulator set-up, functional verification and performance budgets);
  • Review of AOCS SW implementation;
  • Sensors and actuators selection and procurement support;
  • AIV/AIT support (test benches, review of test plans and test results);
  • Operations support (review of Operations Manual, rehearsal and LEOP);
  • Support to in-orbit analysis.
  • Conception, initialisation and supervision of corresponding enabling AOCS technology R/D: High Accuracy Pointing, Generic AOCS Architecture & Building Blocks, Innovative AOCS & FDIR Solutions including prototyping and tools development;
  • Sensors and inertial actuators technology development: APS, Star Trackers, sun sensors, Earth sensors, magnetometers, gyros, accelerometers, magneto-torquers, reaction wheels, CMG’s;
  • Development and utilisation of the Control Hardware Laboratory (e.g. sensor characterisation and testing);
  • Maintenance, development and set-up of AOCS simulation tools;
  • Participation to the elaboration and promotion of ECSS standards in the E60 domain.


Master Engineering Degree in Control, Electronics or Mechatronics with minimum 4 years of relevant experience;
Experience with general development process (key reviews, model philosophy) for hardware space equipement (e.g. sensors, computer, actuators).
Proven experience in the design, tuning, analysis and simulation of AOCS systems in different project phases;
Experience with AOCS AIT at subsystem and system level;
Background in optical sensors for AOCS/GNC, for instance Star Trackers;
Knowledge in Software development and / or optics would be an asset;
Proven knowledge of commercial model-based design tools (MATLAB);
Ability to interface with industry;
Fluent in English, both written and spoken.

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