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.
Qualifications / Experience:
- Extensive experience with a solid foundation in spacecraft attitude dynamics and control algorithms, with emphasis on practical application of knowledge.
- Have experience designing and/or implementing Kalman filters for attitude estimation
- Experience with flight sensors for spacecraft attitude determination/estimation
- Experience developing software using C/Python
- Have experience or familiarity with the Linux development environment
- Have experience working with external engineering contractors
Strong candidates will also possess skills in one or more of the following areas:
- Experience writing flight software
- Experience with C or C++ development for embedded systems
- Experience with spacecraft design
- Experience with spacecraft assembly, integration, and testing
- Experience with spacecraft operations and maintenance
- Experience identifying and resolving system anomalies
- Experience creating and maintaining integration and test campaigns for attitude determination and control systems, including hardware and software
Want to join us?
We are constantly looking for bright growth-minded people to join our teams around the world. If you would like to join us you can email your CV here: Send my application