AOCS Engineer – Glasgow

About this role:

The purpose of the role is to provide mission analysis and design for attitude and orbital control sub-systems (AOCS) and algorithms for small satellite missions to cost, quality, safety, and time parameters.  It is an ideal opportunity for an someone seeking a technical challenge in a dynamic working environment to optimise our products and systems.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Perform design, modelling, implementation, and testing of attitude and orbit control systems for nano and small satellites.
  • Work with the Software Engineering team to transition algorithm designs to functional code, then validate implementation against models.
  • Work with Systems Engineering to define technical requirements and to define mission analysis and AOCS scenarios for analysis.
  • Perform on-orbit commissioning activities for newly launched spacecraft, including direct communication with the client’s team.
  • Analyse test results from each spacecraft and perform hands-on testing on flight hardware
  • Support business development activities by collaborating with potential clients to elicit technical requirements and assess feasibility for proposals.


Skills required:

  • Relevant degree or equivalent work experience
  • Experience with Matlab, Simulink, Microsoft Excel, Word & Powerpoint
  • Ability to make technical decisions
  • The ability to work to meet tight deadlines and progress several different projects in parallel
  • Excellent technical writing, communication, and interpersonal skills to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Can work independently as well as ability to effectively collaborate within cross cultural teams
  • Uses initiative and works towards finding solutions
  • Customer focused
  • Competent IT skills and with Microsoft software


Skills desired:

  • Experience working on spacecraft AOCS
  • Experience of debugging issues on AOCS hardware and/or software
  • Experience with Python and Embedded C



AAC Clyde Space, a leading New Space company, specialises in small satellite technologies and services that enable businesses, governments, and educational organisations to access high-quality, timely data from space. This data has a vast range of applications, from weather forecasting to precision farming to environmental monitoring, and is essential to improving our quality of life on Earth.

Our growing capabilities bring together three divisions:

  • Space Data as a Service – delivering data from space directly to customers
  • Space missions – turnkey solutions that empower customers to streamline their space missions
  • Space products and components – a full range of off-the-shelf and tailor-made subsystems, components, and sensors

AAC Clyde Space aims to become a world leader in commercial small satellites and services from space, applying advances in its technology to tackle global challenges and improve our life on Earth.

Some of our clients include Horizon Technologies, Orbcomm, NSLComm, OHB Sweden, Intuitive Machines, Orbital Micro Systems, the United States Airforce Academy, UK Space Agency, European Space Agency and NASA.

AAC Clyde Space’s main operations are located in Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the USA and South Africa, with partner networks in Japan and South Korea.

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Right to Work

AAC Clyde Space has a legal responsibility to ensure that all its employees have the legal right to live and work in the EU or the country in which they plan to work. Therefore, if you are made an offer of employment, this will be subject to AAC Clyde Space verifying that you are eligible to work in that country before you start work.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We aim to create a positive recruitment and selection experience across every part of our business. The company is committed to handling applications to a consistently high standard and all candidates with dignity and respect. Those involved in the recruitment and selection process will act with integrity, objectivity and professionalism.   We are committed to equal opportunities for all and to have diversity reflected within our global workforce. We believe its diversity and inclusion will allow for greater creativity and innovation to help AAC Clyde Space Group deliver the vision to help improve life on earth.

Openness to Flexible Working

We recognise work-life balance is important so we are open to discussions around flexible working, depending on the nature of the role and business needs.  If you would like to know more, please ask the Hiring Manager during any recruitment process that you may be involved in.


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