Spaceflight Operations Engineer

Fino Mornasco, Italy, D-Orbit [218]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering Information Technology
Job type

About this job

D-Orbit offers you the opportunity to work in a dynamic team in which freedom is equal to responsibility. We are looking for motivation, passion for space and resilience. If you are a talented person, who loves challenges, not afraid to work hard, able to quickly recover from mistakes and day-by-day issues, and ready to keep our team pace, D-Orbit is the place for you.


As Spacecraft Helmsman/Helmswoman you will be part of our Flight Operations Team in charge of operating and managing D-Orbit’s Fleet of Carriers and Reconnaissance and Servicing Vessels and all the upcoming missions. From D-Orbit’s mission control center in Fino Mornasco, you will follow the end-to-end mission operations lifecycle, from operations design to tools implementation, from launch phases to final disposal. Areas of tasking of operators include flight dynamics, maneuvers, failure detection and recovery, telemetry and telecommands, data post-processing, operations planning, and execution.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Support to design and requirements definition, starting from specific mission and payload requirements;
  • Detailed operations design and definition;
  • Operations Team tools design, implementation, and maintenance;
  • 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 tasks and maneuver planning;
  • Anomaly identification and resolution;
  • Authoring of Technical documents;


Qualifications and Requirements

  • Knowledge of System Engineering principles, Orbital and Attitude Dynamics;
  • Knowledge of Spaceflight Operations principles;
  • Knowledge in scripting languages (Python) and processing tools (MATLAB);
  • Knowledge of both Windows and Linux OS;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Proactive attitude and ability to work in a team and individually;
  • Availability to work with a 24/7 shifts-based scheme;
  • 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;
  • At least 2 years of working experience in relevant space engineering domain (e.g. system engineering, flight operations, AIV/AIT, ground segment engineering) 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.