Propulsion & ADCS Systems Engineer

Permanent employee, Full-time · Nigrán, Remote

Job Description

The candidate will work on various small satellite missions within the Space Missions area of the company, specifically within the System Engineering group. This area is responsible for conducting all tasks related to extracting requirements from users, culminating in the final design of the satellite. Throughout this process, the candidate will participate in several activities such as preliminary mission budgets, satellite subsystem design, the concept of operations, and related mission analyses.

Position Tasks and Responsibilities

The following tasks will be assigned to the candidate:

  • Analyzing users/customers' needs and developing various mission concepts that align with their requirements.

  • Elaborating mission and technical specifications for subsystems, particularly propulsion and ADCS.

  • Developing internal mission analysis tools.

  • Designing and defining architectures for space systems to facilitate the implementation of proposed mission concepts.

  • Performing system performance analysis primarily focusing on delta-V and pointing budgets, while also providing support for power, link, mass budgets, among others.

  • Selecting physical components to realize the chosen architecture.

  • Managing internal and external interfaces with all mission elements.

  • Collaboration with technical teams within the company and external stakeholders (such as launch providers and customers).

Candidate qualifications and skills

The candidate must have a Bachelor and Master’s degree in aerospace engineering with a strong system engineering background.

The required experience and skills are:

  • The applicant must be fluent in English

  • More than 5+ years of experience in space missions with small satellites/cubesats.

  • Strong background in propulsion systems and ADCS

  • Proficient at STK or GMAT

  • Knowledge of System Engineering discipline.

  • Strong background in python programming

It will be also desirable the following qualifications and skills:

  • Hands-on experience in nanosatellite missions assembly, integration and testing; operations …

  • Knowledge of ECSS and CCSDS standards.

  • Project Management courses or certifications.

The applicant must have good communication skills and must be able to work autonomously in an effective manner, while cooperating in a potentially international and culturally diverse team.

Moreover, the applicant must have good analytical, organizational, and reporting skills; together with a proactive attitude to solve problems individually and an interest in technology development.

Notice: The applicant must be eligible to work and live in the EU.

About us

About Alén Space

Alén Space is a New Space company focused on the development of missions based on Nanosatellites as well as products and services related to them. Our mission is to help our clients to develop their business plan designing, manufacturing and operating satellites in order to execute the application they need.
While Alén Space is a new company, our team has been involved in several complete nanosatellite missions, from specification to delivery, during the last 15 years. Alén Space technical team is composed of systems engineers, electronic engineers, AIV engineers, software and operations engineers and project managers; with a large experience on IOD, communication, commercial and scientific missions, with private and public institutions such as the European Space Agency.
Alén Space’s value proposition resides in the flexibility and expertise of our team. We utilize our design and testing methodologies, which allow the use of components from various suppliers, to create the most suitable platform for the requested mission. During more than a decade, all our nanosatellites missions have been fully designed in-house, following the same multi-provider approach, resulting on a 100% success rate in orbit, for all launched missions.
At Alén Space, quality and flexibility in the design, manufacturing and testing are hallmarks of the company. The quality of the process is achieved through meticulous testing and verification processes, keeping traceability of all the executed activities. The flexibility is achieved thanks to the proximity relationship with our clients and to our supplier agnostic approach. This relationship aims not only at easing the communication process, but also at allowing our commercial clients to take an important role on the design aspects. In this line, we design the most flexible spacecraft platforms, to accommodate subsystem suppliers’ changes without heavily impacting the overall mission. Our systems and AIV engineers work closely with the client, in order to take decisions and involve them in the process.
Our team has enhanced a work method that applies the strict quality standards set by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS). All of our management, system engineering and AIV processes are based on those standards.
Quality, Flexibility, Scalability, Proximity, Expertise and Success define all Alén Space values.
Do you want to orbit with us?
We offer the opportunity to join a challenging space project together with a self-motivated team with great experience in the design and manufacturing of small satellites!


We offer a indefinite full time contract

If you are a proactive person and want to commit yourself to a present and future project, we hope to receive your CV.
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