Meteosat Spacecraft Operations Engineer

Application deadline
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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You will provide your engineering expertise to the Meteosat Spacecraft Operations Team, led by the Meteosat Spacecraft Operations Manager, the Flight Operations Division of the Operations and User Services Department.

The key person shall be involved in the operations of all Meteosat spacecraft, and all related ground segment and operational services, in the various operational scenarios including MTG transition from the pre-operational to the routine operations phase, including operational scenario validation testing (OSVs), support to the LEOP and commissioning.

Tasks and Activities

The scope of work will include:

  • Preparation and execution of all relevant Meteosat operations.
  • Continuous monitoring of Spacecraft performance and status.
  • Operations preparation of the Meteosat Third Generation Satellites.
  • Production, verification, validation, maintenance and documentation of the operational baseline data units, (manual and automated procedures, TM/TC Database etc.).
  • Contribution to the satellite simulator development and use including maintenance of its operations guide for both routine operations support and operations preparation.
  • Raising and tracking of Anomaly Reports, including investigations at subsystem level and regression testing of associated fixes and (depending on the programme phase) the necessary co-operation with the Project team at ESTEC and the satellite manufacturer.
  • Preparation of material for operations training and support to the training officer, for rehearsal of operations and for team proficiency training of the Spacecraft Operations Engineers as well as other members of the Control Centre Team (e.g. Analysts and Controllers) using the space and ground segment simulators and simulation.
  • Participation in any necessary meetings and reviews with external partners: This includes the Routine Support Service provided by the satellite manufacturer for the Spacecraft routine operations and Progress Review Meetings for the development of the satellites of the next generation.
  • As requested contribution to review or preparation of documentation and participate to activities to enhance knowledge transfer across EUMETSAT geostationary missions.
  • Contribute as required to the MSG to MTG transition phase and to Full Operational Capability (FOC) operations build up.
  • Participate as requested to Component Health Analyses and Reporting Tool (CHART) development in liaison with the Spacecraft Operations Engineering Team members of other missions ( e.g. EPS-SG, Copernicus S-3).
Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • You have an university degree (or equivalent) in an engineering discipline relevant to the profile together with the experience and capability to fulfill the assigned tasks.
  • You are fluent in English

You have, as a pre-requisite, a demonstrated experience in a similar function with good experience in at least two of these mandatory skills.:

  • Experience of Spacecraft Operations preferably on Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO), spinning and/or 3-axis stabilised spacecraft with responsibility for one or more platform subsystems or instruments during operational validation, LEOP, commissioning or routine operations phases;
  • Experience of Spacecraft Operations Preparation preferably on Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO), with responsibility on development and validation of operational baseline (procedures, database etc.) including validation tools (e.g. S/C simulator) and ground segment M&C facilities;
  • Experience in satellite performance monitoring and reporting aspects including anomaly analysis and solving in liaison with satellite industry, procedure change control and configuration management processes;
  • Experience in the operation or development of satellite ground segment facilities, in particular procedure development, monitor and control, mission planning, on-board software management, performance analysis, configuration management and simulator facilities


Furthermore, it would be a distinct advantage for the team to have experience with some of the following:

  • Experience of MSG CF and of SCOS2000 mission control systems and use of the APEX operations procedures preparation and execution tool;
  •  Proven experience in the phases of LEOP and commissioning.
  • Specification of space system and operational concepts, facility requirements;
  • Familiarity with On-Board Control Procedure concepts;
  • Familiarity with the ECSS Packet Utilisation Standard, customisation and usage;
  •  Familiarity with system change control and configuration management procedures;
  • Data analysis software packages and programming skills in other coding languages such as Python / Java etc.;
  • Use of VBA for development of ad-hoc tools in MS Office applications.
  • Strong data analysis, processing and synthesis skills are essential and an ability to recognise opportunities for improvements in areas of work and implement appropriate solutions is highly desirable.


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