Senior GNC Engineer at Spire Global
Glasgow, GB

Spire Global is a space-to-cloud analytics company that owns and operates the largest multi-purpose constellation of satellites. Its proprietary data and algorithms provide the most advanced maritime, aviation, and weather tracking in the world. In addition to its constellation, Spire’s data infrastructure includes a global ground station network and 24/7 operations that provide real-time global coverage of every point on Earth.

We are looking for an experienced GNC Engineer to join our team in Glasgow. As a GNC / AOCS Engineer at Spire, you will operate as part of a technical team who maintains responsibility across the full lifecycle of its engineering products.  The GNC team interfaces directly with many engineering groups to conduct R&D, design, manufacturing, and operations activities, ultimately ensuring all current and future spacecraft systems satisfy their mission.  

Ideal candidates will embrace the commercialisation of nanosatellite systems and adapt to low-cost, fast-paced systems design, development, and implementation methodologies that set Spire apart from our competition. In this fast-paced environment, the design to launch cycle is measured in weeks and months, not years!

Responsibilities of your role:

  • Provide the vision to guide a multidisciplinary team through complex design, development, and qualification projects.
  • Technical ownership of current and future spacecraft attitude and orbit control software and hardware
  • Project management, coordinating and directing technically challenging projects of both large and small, with many stakeholders
  • Team leadership, managing and coaching a small team, delegating and directing activities
  • Focus on personnel development to provide technical career path coaching for employees - promote, reallocate, and offboard employees to fit the business and personal goals of the team
  • Provide technical contributions to a wide range of design and implementation projects (based on candidate’s technical area(s) of expertise)
  • Design, model, analyze, integrate and operate attitude determination/estimation systems for small spacecraft
  • Develop and utilize spacecraft dynamics and control simulations, including 'hardware-in-the-loop'
  • Design, evaluate, select, qualify and implement flight sensors, including magnetometers, sun sensors, inertial measurement devices, infrared sensors, and/or star trackers
  • Design, evaluate, select, qualify and implement flight actuators, including magnetic torque elements, reaction wheels, and propulsion systems
  • Be hands-on in laboratory and manufacturing environments during testing, integration, and qualification of flight systems
  • Provide support and analysis for on-orbit operations of spacecraft attitude determination and control systems
  • Work with external contractors, manufacturers, and internal manufacturing staff to improve reliability, yield,  performance, and cost of flight systems.

Qualifications / Experience:

  • At least 5+ years of experience within GNC / similar background within aerospace/new space industry 
  • Extensive experience with a solid foundation in spacecraft attitude dynamics and control algorithms, with emphasis on practical application of knowledge.
  • Have experience designing and/or implementing Kalman filters for attitude estimation
  • Experience with flight sensors for spacecraft attitude determination/estimation
  • Experience developing software using C/Python
  • Have experience or familiarity with the Linux development environment
  • Have experience working with external engineering contractors
  • Proven track record of ensuring on-time delivery of hardware or software projects
  • Providing organization and efficiency to complex design and validation projects
  • Motivating personnel to continually push for higher quality and rapid iterations on designs/projects

Strong candidates will also possess skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Personnel/team development and management
  • Satellite and/or critical system development experience
  • Experience writing flight software
  • Experience with C or C++ development for embedded systems
  • Experience with spacecraft design
  • Experience with spacecraft assembly, integration, and testing
  • Experience with spacecraft operations and maintenance
  • Experience identifying and resolving system anomalies