AOCS Engineer

Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK), Clyde Space [CS-AOCSE-001]

Field(s) of expertise
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Software Engineering
Job type

About this job

The group AAC Clyde Space offers turnkey solutions and services from mission design to on-orbit operations, including reliable customizable satellite platforms in the range of 1 to 50 Kg and a full range of subsystems for cube and small satellites. With unrivalled flight heritage and end-to-end service, AAC Clyde Space enables customers to reach their mission goals through a single, trusted point of contact.

An AOCS Team Leader is required to support an increased customer demand and growing order book. This is a full-time role based in Glasgow for an experienced engineer who can work to deliver our next range of nanosatellite projects.


  • Technical Authority for mission/orbital analysis and attitude control systems.
  • Setting strategy and direction for products in this domain in collaboration with CTO.
  • Ownership of process and tools in this domain, ensuring they meet the business need.
  • Providing analysis and estimates to support Business development activities and bids.
  • Elicitation and definition of customer AOCS requirements.
  • Nanosatellite attitude and orbit control algorithm development, implementation and test.
  • Coordinate hardware and software development activities to ensure attitude control product line meets business/customer need.
  • Supporting AIT team in validation of attitude control systems during satellite integration.
  • Definition and justification of AOCS test capability requirements and investments e.g. Helmholtz Coil.
  • Providing support to satellite operations through validation of on orbit telemetry and ensuring timely resolution of AOCS anomalies.
  • Management of AOCS team including resource forecasting, resource allocation, and recruitment
  • Leadership, mentoring and development of AOCS engineers. Identification of training needs.


Skills Required:

  • Extensive industrial domain experience in AOCS/GNC.
  • Strong mathematical and control system design skills.
  • Strong communication and stakeholder management skills.
  • Knowledge and experience of Software and Hardware development processes.
  • Experience in designing and characterising attitude sensing and control systems.
  • Strong MATLAB/Simulink modelling experience.
  • Ability to write technical documentation to a high standard.
  • Experience of leading, motivating and developing high performing teams.

Skills Desired

  • Knowledge or awareness of ECSS standards relating to attitude and orbit control
  • Ability to write and/or debug C/C++ programming language

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