Senior Space Satellite Operations Engineer

About Alén Space

Alén Space is a New Space company focused on the development of missions based on small satellites 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 small satellite missions, from specification to delivery, during the last 13 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 satellite 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 created what we have termed the Alén Space Matrix, 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!

Job Description

The candidate will be involved in the design, preparation and execution of operations of our satellites and payloads. This will include working with the real satellites and payloads, the preparation of procedures and telecommand batches, planning of operations, telemetry analysis… She or he will also work closely with the on-board and mission control software teams to specify user and operational requirements and to participate in the software and system-level test campaigns.

Position Tasks and Responsibilities

The following tasks will be assigned to the candidate:

  • Ongoing monitoring and operations planning of in-orbit LEO satellites and payloads.
  • Design and preparation of operations for different missions.
  • Preparation of procedures and sequences for our satellite platforms and payloads.
  • Analysis of telemetry to monitor the health of constellations, satellites, payloads…
  • Preparation and execution of LEOP and Commissioning campaigns.
  • Preparation and execution of routinary and contingency operations.
  • Support to the final on-ground testing of the satellites.
  • Collaborate with the software team in developing and testing of new tools.
  • Evolution of the satellite operation manuals and procedures.
  • Collaborate with the system engineering team for new missions design and evolution of the satellite platforms.
  • Interact with customers and other stakeholders like launch providers, ground station networks…

The candidate may be responsible for specific subsystems, payloads or missions operations.

Candidate qualifications and skills

The candidate must have a Bachelor or Master’s degree in Aerospace, Telecommunication, Computer Science, Software or equivalent engineering degree.

The required experience and skills are:

  • 8 years of experience in the role of Operations Engineer.
  • Knowledge of common spacecraft architecture and subsystems.
  • Knowledge of STK.
  • Experience with Python or other scripting languages.
  • Calm under pressure (real-time/console operations).
  • Methodical and comfortable following procedures.

It will be also desirable the following qualifications and skills:

  • Experience with cubesat platforms and/or subsystems
  • Experience with ECSS Packet Utilization Standard services
  • Knowledge of ECSS and/or CCSDS standards
  • Knowledge/experience with ground stations and ground stations networks
  • Hands-on experience in real-time operations, operations planning…

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.


We offer a indefinite full time contract.

  • Location: Vigo area (Spain)
  • Starting date: Immediate

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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