GNC - Spacecraft GNC Control Engineer

Permanent employee, Full-time · Munich

Your mission
Here at The Exploration Company we are developing, producing, and operating Nyx, a modular and reusable space orbital vehicle that can eventually be refuelled in orbit, and which carries cargo – and potentially humans in the longer run.
We want you as a talented Control Engineer to join the GNC team and be responsible of the control subsystem lifecycle: from cradle to grave.

In your capacity as Control Engineer, your role will be continuously evolving, but day to day your duties will include:
  • Participate in the design and implementation of the AOCS/GNC subsystem of The Exploration Company’ spacecraft
  • Design, synthesis, test, implementation, verification, and validation of control algorithms
  • Perform control algorithms benchmark and trade-offs
  • Conduct stability and performance assessment including development of linear and non-linear models
  • Develop high fidelity 6 degrees of freedom models and simulations to analyse the system performance
  • AOCS/GNC hardware performance specification
  • AOCS/GNC hardware modelling and simulation
  • Reporting of test results and analysis, with a focus on efficient and automation of documentation
Your profile
What we would love to see from you:
In the role of Control Engineer ideally, you will have the following:
  • MSc. in Aerospace or related engineering discipline. A higher degree is considered advantageous.
  • 5+ years’ experience designing and analysing control subsystems.
  • Experience in robust control and Model Predictive Control (MPC).
  • Strong understanding of classical dynamics, orbital and flight mechanics, modelling and simulation, and software development.
  • Software development experience in C, Python and MATLAB/Simulink.
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry.
  • Highly motivated to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding start-up environment.
  • Fluent in English. German or French is an asset.
Skills and Behaviours
  • Ability to work equally well unsupervised or as part of a team
  • Strong organizing and prioritization of tasks
  • Positive and flexible attitude to get the job done
  • Ability to communicate at all levels of the business
  • Demonstrates behaviours consistent with The Exploration Company’s core values of Commitment, Innovation, Trust, Quality, and Teamwork
Why us?
 At The Exploration Company, we are democratising space exploration i.e., by making it affordable, available, and open. Our high-impact team is driven by competence, impact, and efficiency. We are doers, team players, and problem solvers. Our culture is driven by technology, learning by doing, and passion for what we do.
Why you should join us
What makes us special here at The Exploration Company and why we think you will enjoy working here is:
  • We’re Agile - we make decisions fast whilst keeping our goals and systems in mind
  • We’re Open and Collaborative - we are transparent about risks and obstacles, so that we can cooperate together to overcome them
  • We have a lot of Fun - we refuel our energy knowing we are democratising space. It’s a wonderful and rare opportunity, are YOU up for the challenge?
We'd love to hear from you if you wish to be a part of our journey. Please submit your CV now for immediate consideration and we will be in touch shortly.
About us
The Exploration Company develops, produces and operates Nyx, a modular and reusable orbital vehicle that can eventually be refuelled in orbit, and which carries cargo - and potentially humans in the longer run.

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