Spacecraft Helmsman/Helmswoman (Spaceflight Operations Engineer)

Como, Italy, D-Orbit [DO-SOE]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering
Job type

About this job

As Spacecraft Helmsman/Helmswoman you will be tasked with commanding and controlling D-Orbit’s Fleet of Carriers and Reconnaissance and Servicing Vessels. From our own mission control center, you will conduct end-to-end mission operations, from launch to final deorbiting, including flight dynamics planning and maneuvers execution. Failure detections and recovery, telemetry post-processing, operations planning, and execution are also part of D-Orbit’s Spaceflight Operations team.


  • Support to top-level design and requirements definition, starting from mission and payload requirements;
  • Detailed operations requirements and design definitions;
  • Interfacing with all subsystems and software team to define use cases, on-ground and on-orbit operations;
  • Support to system AIV and launch campaign;
  • On-orbit operations procedures definitions and verification,
  • On-orbit operations planning and execution throughout the missions;
  • Flight dynamics maintenance and maneuver planning;
  • Anomaly identification and resolution;
  • Authoring of Technical documents;


  • At least 2 years of working experience in relevant space engineering domain (e.g. system engineering, flight operations, AIV/AIT, ground segment engineering);
  • Knowledge of System Engineering, Orbital and Attitude Dynamics;
  • Knowledge of Spaceflight Operations;
  • Knowledge in scripting languages (Python) and processing tools (MATLAB);
  • Knowledge of Ground Segment architectures;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Proactive attitude and ability to work in a team and individually;
  • Experience in spaceflight operations and/or AIV processes is a strong plus;
  • Knowledge of spaceflight dynamics and maneuver planning is a strong plus;
  • Familiarity with On-Board Control Procedures concepts is a plus;
  • Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in Aerospace/Space Engineering;
  • Full professional proficiency in the English language is mandatory.

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