GNC Engineer


Spire Global is a space-to-cloud analytics company that owns and operates the largest multi-purpose constellation of satellites. Its proprietary data and algorithms provide the most advanced maritime, aviation, and weather tracking in the world. In addition to its constellation, Spire’s data infrastructure includes a global ground station network and 24/7 operations that provide real-time global coverage of every point on Earth.

We are looking for an experienced GNC Engineer to join our team in Glasgow. As a GNC / AOCS Engineer at Spire, you will operate as part of a technical team who maintains responsibility across the full lifecycle of its engineering products. The GNC team interfaces directly with many engineering groups to conduct R&D, design, manufacturing, and operations activities, ultimately ensuring all current and future spacecraft systems satisfy their mission.  

Ideal candidates will embrace the commercialisation of nanosatellite systems and adapt to low-cost, fast-paced systems design, development, and implementation methodologies that set Spire apart from our competition. In this fast-paced environment, the design to launch cycle is measured in weeks and months, not years!

Responsibilities of your role: 

  • Technical ownership of current and future spacecraft attitude and orbit control software and hardware
  • Project management, coordinating and directing technically challenging projects of both large and small, with many stakeholders
  • Team leadership, managing and coaching a small team, delegating and directing activities
  • Design, model, analyze, integrate and operate attitude determination/estimation systems for small spacecraft
  • Develop and utilize spacecraft dynamics and control simulations, including 'hardware-in-the-loop'
  • Design, evaluate, select, qualify and implement flight sensors, including magnetometers, sun sensors, inertial measurement devices, infrared sensors, and/or star trackers
  • Design, evaluate, select, qualify and implement flight actuators, including magnetic torque elements, reaction wheels, and propulsion systems
  • Be hands-on in laboratory and manufacturing environments during testing, integration, and qualification of flight systems
  • Provide support and analysis for on-orbit operations of spacecraft attitude determination and control systems
  • Work with external contractors, manufacturers, and internal manufacturing staff to improve reliability, yield,  performance, and cost of flight systems.

Basic Qualifications / Experience:

  • BSc in Engineering, Computer Science or Equivalent STEM-related subject
  • 3+ yrs experience with spacecraft (or other vehicle) dynamics and control algorithms
  • 3+ yrs experience using or applying Kalman (or comparable) filters
  • 3+ yrs experience using sensors for spacecraft (or other vehicle) navigation
  • 3+ yrs experience developing software using C or Python
  • 1+ yrs experience with Linux in a development environment
  • 1+ yrs experience working with external engineering contractors or agencies

Preferred Qualification 

  • 3+ yrs experience designing and implementing Kalman filters for spacecraft attitude estimation
  • 3+ yrs experience selecting, analyzing, or developing sensors for spacecraft attitude estimation
  • 3+ yrs experience writing spacecraft flight software
  • 3+ yrs experience in C/ C++ software development for embedded systems
  • 3+ yrs experience in Python software development
  • 1+ yrs experience participating in spacecraft systems engineering activities, including mission and spacecraft design across multiple domains
  • 1+ yrs experience in spacecraft operations, including the identification and resolution of spacecraft anomalies
  • 1+ yrs experience creating and maintaining AIT (assembly, integration and test) procedures, software, and systems for spacecraft systems containing hardware and software components
  • 1+ yrs experience working with external engineering contractors or agencies

Spire is Global and our success draws upon the diverse viewpoints, skills and experiences of our employees. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or veteran status.