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Spacecraft Engineer, Payload MEO

Requisition Number:  13422
Contract Type:  Permanent

Manassas, VA, US Betzdorf, LU

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O3b mPOWER is SES’s next-generation Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite-based communication system offering high-bandwidth, low-latency data connectivity services to under-served and mobility markets. Launching in 2021, the system will begin its service life in mid-2022. Building on the capabilities of our current O3b MEO system, O3b mPOWER expands exponentially to deliver thousands of dedicated services up to multiple gigabits per second. It provides more flexibility than any satellite-based system available today or planned for the foreseeable future.


Are you…?

  • Passionate about space engineering and up to date with the latest technologies?
  • Interested in joining a global organization at the forefront of engineering innovation in an agile team?
  • Eager to learn and grow within an experienced team


If you are interested in becoming part of the SES family, click on ‘read full job description’ to find out more.


Extended Job Description:



Primary Responsibilities/Key Result Areas:

  • Guide the engineering design and development of the O3b mPOWER operational In-orbit calibration system
  • Develop end-to-end payload RF and command configuration test procedure algorithms 
  • Interface with MEO O3b mPOWER ground station system to design & build end-to-end measurement techniques for RF data processing and analysis
  • Contribute to the O3b mPOWER payload performance analysis, to characterize and apply performance corrections to the payload phased arrays on-demand 
  • Work with O3b mPOWER’s Adaptive Resource Control (ARC) system to integrate spacecraft payload In-orbit calibration system functionality
  • Integrate into the Technology environment, as the O3b mPOWER payload subject matter expert
  • Always ensure safe operations of the satellite in close collaboration with Satellite Operations 
  • Analyze all satellite malfunctions and anomalous behavior
  • Be on call in case of an emergency and advise Satellite Operations as to necessary actions resulting from malfunctions, anomalies, or any other trends. 
  • Develop and maintain new integrated payload applications and tools required for performance monitoring, operation automation, resource optimization, and constellation performance 
  • Support and prepare for spacecraft anomalies and contingency operations, including new operational solutions, for contingency operations at spacecraft and fleet-level
  • Support payload mission, operations, and phasing of the MEO satellites into the constellation
  • Support payload in-orbit testing, transition, and phasing for the start of service
  • Support the design and procurement of O3b mPOWER satellites, for spacecraft design reviews, integration, ground, and in-orbit testing. 


Who We Are Looking For (More About You):

In order to achieve the outcomes described above, we believe you will have the following:


  • Commitment to deadlines and willingness to meet tight schedules
  • Ability to work efficiently both individually and within interdisciplinary teams 
  • Ease to integrate into an international environment, operation within different locations and time zones
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, ability to communicate clearly to technical and non-technical audiences 
  • Fluency in English, any other language is considered as an asset 
  • Be able to provide 24/7 on-call support, react to contingencies, and cope with high-stress situations 
  • A proven mindset of helping the team to succeed
  • Ability to adapt to fast-paced or custom situations with innovative, effective solutions 


Preferred Education & Experience (a combination of education and experience will be considered):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Computer/Software Engineering, or related spacecraft engineering fields/disciplines
  • Around 5 years of professional experience in satellite engineering
  • Thorough understanding of satellite payload subsystems, including management of all onboard equipment that is required for proper transmission of the customer signal 
  • Have a thorough understanding of Digital Transparent Processor Design, Phased Arrays, and SatCom Operations 
  • Well-versed in end-to-end satellite communication systems, link budget analysis, RF measurement equipment, signal acquisition, processing, and analysis
  • Have strong computer software skills. intermediate or advanced in analytical programming languages (Python, Visual Basic and/or Matlab and/or Web Dev) or any Web Development programming languages is a plus
  • Familiar with data retrieval, data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence 
  • Willingness to travel domestic and internationally <20% annually


What’s in it for you:

  • Flexible working policy
  • Bonus and equity plans
  • Comprehensive and competitive benefits plans
  • A range of wellness activities and employee assistance programs (varies by location)
  • An employer that values all aspects of Diversity and respects every individual’s story



The contents of this job description are subject to change. SES and its Affiliated Companies are committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, ancestry, national origin, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, age, disability, veteran status, or other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law.


Include this paragraph for all US Positions only: In conformity with U.S. Government technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and/or other applicable U.S. law, regulation or other requirements imposed by the U.S. Government, certain positions may require U.S. Citizenship, status as a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. or a “protected individual” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligibility to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce



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