GNC / AOCS Concept Engineer

Job Description

As GNC / AOCS Concept Engineer you will be part of growing team helping solve the environmental impact of space flight.

As GNC / AOCS Concept Engineer you will be responsible for orbit determination and GNC/AOCS system development, simulation and mathematical modelling, and performance analysis to understand and solve challenges.

Your day-to-day responsibilities will include

  • Performing mission analysis on UK led mission architectures and spacecraft trajectories across the mission lifecycle from concept definition to flight operations.
  • Leading mission design and manoeuvre planning activities from rendezvous through docking to ensuring optimal fuelling profiles.
  • Leading the analysis of on-orbit operations and mission architectures, including orbital mechanics and constellation design.
  • Developing shuttle mission operations profiles and planning tools.
  • Developing tools and analysis to support depot and shuttle mission design.
  • Analysing GNC system performance for depots and shuttles.
  • Provide input to operations planning for spacecraft.
  • Identify and resolve GNC performance-related issues and assist others in the resolution of issues, including AOCS.

Experience required

  • Be educated to PhD, MSc or equivalent in Engineer or other related field with a focus on GN&C, flight controls, orbital mechanics.
  • Strong commercial experience developing simulations to analyse spacecraft trajectories and GNC performance.
  • Strong commercial experience developing GNC algorithms and analysing system performance for spacecraft in an integrated GNC environment.
  • Commercial experience with
    • Orbital mechanics and spaceflight dynamics.
    • Developing, verifying, and validating simulations, math models, etc.
    • Developing algorithms for guidance, navigation and control functions.
    • GMAT, STK or other applicable astrodynamics tools
    • Matlab, Python, or similar.
  • Experience with the following would be an advantage
    • Simulink toolboxes and Embedded Coder
    • Systems engineering and requirements management tools such as Asana, Valispace, Jira, Jama, or similar.
    • Developing flight software.
    • Control systems including spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control systems
    • Computer vision, sensor fusion, and machine learning

Rewards/Benefits include

  • Competitive base salary
  • 25 days holiday (increasing yearly up to a maximum of 28 days) + 8 days Bank Holiday
  • Hybrid working
  • Life insurance and long-term sick pay
  • Private healthcare


Our client is a fast-growing innovative technologies company with offices in UK and EU, who are involved in providing solutions for space sustainability.

GNC | AOCS | Space Missions | Space Architectures | Space Systems | Algorithms | Astrodynamics Tools | Matlab | Python | Computer Visions | Machine Learning | Senor Fusion | Simulink | Orbital Mechanics | Spaceflight Dynamics |


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