Neuraspace
Orbital Dynamics Engineer

The Company

In 2020 Neuraspace was founded with one purpose: fighting space debris with AI and enabling a safe and autonomous space traffic. Today, just one year later, we are one step closer to achieving our vision of a vibrant Circular Economy in Space, by empowering satellite operators, space agencies and other stakeholders to address Space Operations with AI, ensuring Space is both a Safe Environment and a Profitable Market. We are a global company, addressing a global problem. We have offices in Portugal, Coimbra and Germany, Munich. Find out why we are different.

You

Our company is seeking to hire a skilled flight dynamist to help with the development of our product. Your duties will primarily revolve around developing solutions for orbit determination and propagation and developing manoeuvring strategies for collision avoidance considering mission requirements. You will also be involved in system testing and validation procedures, and also working with customers or departments on technical issues including software system design and maintenance.

Areas that play to your strengths - all the responsibilities we will trust you with

Flight Dynamics
Develop solutions to technical problems in cooperation with customers and other specialists.
Developing, adapting-, and maintaining generic and product-specific software elements.
Software development for orbit propagation, determination of manoeuvring options responding to mission requirements.
Coordinate and interact with service providers in operations and other fields.
Gathering and managing requirements for Flight Dynamics support to projects.
Gathering and managing software requirements.

Space Traffic and Space Debris
Profound expertise of space debris matters (observation, modelling, mitigation, risk assessment).
Analysis of space surveillance techniques and principles and development of requirements for product development.
Development and implementation of collision avoidance strategies and options
Understanding of the way of working various debris committees, such as UN COPUOS and the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC) and support to the development of recommendations to these committees.

Customers
Consulting with departments or customers on project status and proposals.
Working with customers or departments on technical issues.
Training users.

Team
Consulting with software engineering staff to support the evaluation of software interfaces and develop specifications and performance requirements.
Contribute to an open constructive and lively working atmosphere.
Aspiration to take operational responsibility in multi-discipline teams.

Your experience includes (proven performance in)

  • University Degree or equivalent qualification.
  • Background in mathematics, mechanics and dynamics.
  • An outstanding expertise in linear algebra, in particular for problem solving related to geometry in the Euclidean 3–dimensional space. Skills in numerical methods for equations solving, integration of differential equations, function approximation and interpolation, optimisation, and linear algebra problems.
  • Proficiency in classical and orbit mechanics including orbit determination aspects and familiarity with related coordinate systems & reference frames. Proficiency in kinematics and dynamics of point masses, dynamics of rigid bodies, dynamics expressed in non-inertial reference frames, e.g. including dynamics in rotating frames, rotation dynamics expressed in body fixed frame, conservation laws in mechanics, gravitational forces and field, orbit dynamics, Keplerian orbits and Kepler laws.
  • Working in an operational environment especially with operational missions, orbit determination and control.
  • Familiarity with programming/scripting languages. Ability to design, implement, validate and operate software.
  • Knowledge about software life cycle & documentation.
  • Knowledge about database systems.
  • A high sense of operational responsibility and good communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Proficiency in English, both in speech and writing; knowledge of another European language is an advantage.

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