Experienced space systems & operations engineer – Glasgow

Location: Glasgow
Salary: Competitive

About AAC Clyde Space

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 TechnologiesOrbcommNSLComm, 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.  

About this role

To support the rapidly growing customer demand, the company is looking to expand its Spacecraft Operations team. This is a unique opportunity for anyone aiming at pursuing a career in the space industry with the ambition to leave a mark. As Space Systems & Operations Engineer, your mission will be to ensure the Operation Centre capability develops to support new missions.

  • This involves supporting the design of mission-specific ground segment, preparing the operation plan, procedures & tools and leading pre-launch and in-orbit operation phases.
  • With your previous work experience, you will contribute to streamlining the various processes in place and to specifying and/or developing specific software tools to support & optimize the Operation Services.
  • You will be trained to use AAC Clyde Space Operations Centre and in particular our dedicated Mission Control Software suite.
  • With your systems engineering background, you will be able to analyse the mission data yourself and build a comprehensive knowledge of how the spacecraft subsystems behave in space.
  • You will also be expected to design specific tests (for the commissioning phase for instance) or to manage anomaly investigations and resolutions. Eventually you would be responsible for leading the operations of commercial satellites/services.
  • You will be working in close collaboration with the Spacecraft Operations/Mission Analysis/Platform design teams, sharing experience, developing the Operations capability and working towards mission objectives.
    You are a quick learner and enthusiastic problem-solver with a systems mindset, you are flexible, able to work under pressure and to take ownership of work packages.
  • You are also comfortable with new software and able to adapt while respecting quality assurance processes and keeping a high level of communication.


Responsibilities will include:
• Design ground segment systems up to service/data delivery
• Contribute to the wider satellite design & test lifecycle with specific documentation and reviews (related to ground segment, space-ground interfaces, ground segment and satellite operations, process automation, space regulations…)
• Manage satellite communications (TT&C) and define housekeeping routines
• Interact with customers to define interfaces and to report on the health and main activities of their spacecraft
• Work with experienced specialised engineers to analyse satellite data, provide health trends and to investigate in-orbit anomalies
• Take ownership of any arising issue and propose/implement short and long term solutions
• Prepare and lead spacecraft in-orbit commissioning phase and other specific test campaigns (includes out of hours work when required)
• Actively contribute to operations design / process improvements
• Build documentation for the Operation Centre processes (edition of procedures, user manuals, training materials, architecture charts, ICDs…)

Skills required:
• MEng degree in a relevant engineering discipline
• Practical work experience in a similar environment and/or industry
• Ability to effectively diagnose and debug problems with existing or new software
• Able to communicate effectively and pro-actively within the team, with high level of integrity
• Excellent team worker (task collaboration) with the ability to work autonomously
• Able to work under pressure; resilience to adapt in a changing environment
• Technical report and procedure writing to a high standard

Skills desired:
• Knowledge of space mission analysis, RF principles and satellite design
• Experience of programming in python
• Experience of RF / DSP engineering applied to space communications
• Experience with space mission regulatory environment (ITU filings, insurances…)
• Experience of testing or operating a satellite at system/mission level
• Experience with constellation management
• This position is available to fill immediately, so applicants are encouraged to reply promptly.

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AAC Clyde Space has a legal responsibility to ensure that all its employees have the legal right to live and work in the EU. 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 the EU before you start work. AAC Clyde Space are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age.

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