J3318 Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems Engineer



A great opportunity for an experienced Systems Engineer to join the Telespazio VEGA UK team working onsite at ESTEC within the Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) section.


To provide support to the ESTEC GNC Section for the development of space transportation GNC systems, including flight vehicles ranging from Expandable Launchers, Reusable Launch Vehicles RLV’s as well as Ascenders and Landers for Exploration applications.

Responsibilities / Duties

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Support the ESTEC GNC Section for the development of GNC systems for interplanetary and exploration spacecraft as well as GNC for space transportation systems. This comprises GNC for interplanetary cruise, aero assistance, rendezvous and docking, formation flying, or drag-free systems as well as GNC for ascent and re-entry vehicles.
  • Carry out specific tasks addressing the multi disciplinary/physics and high-fidelity End to End vehicle dynamics modelling with implementation in 6DoF simulation environments (Matlab, Simulink, DSpace).
  • Master advanced multivariable GNC design and verification approaches for the stability and performance robustness analysis is a prerequisite.
  • Provide daily support and independent expert analyses to the development of ongoing and future orbiters and space transportation systems.
  • Complete specific GNC design tasks including; detailed dynamics, environment, actuator and sensor system modelling.
  • Perform system sizing, requirements capture, architecture conception, advanced GNC design as well as performance and SW validation analyses.
  • Support the conception of new highly autonomous systems, the development of real-time optimised guidance systems for launchers and re-entry systems and the corresponding verification and validation techniques, including advanced analysis tools to drastically improve the gaps and shortcomings of current validation approaches.
  • Provide regular Technical Reporting of the GNC Design and Analysis as well as contribute in the preparation and execution of project and technology studies reviews.

Qualifications / Experience

  • Master’s degree, or equivalent, in Control and/or Aerospace engineering

Essential Skills

  • The candidate must be familiar with classical as well as modern control and filtering techniques
  • Proven experience in the design, tuning, analysis and simulation of GNC systems in different project phases, and including Thrust Vector Control/Attitude Control Systems
  • Proven knowledge of modern control design methods, commercial model-based design tools (MATLAB).
  • Experience with rapid-prototyping of hardware-in-the-loop systems. 


  • Ability to interface with industry
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team
  • Good English language skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Proactive attitude to problem solving

Further Details        

All roles within Telespazio VEGA have a defined closing date, however if a successful candidate is found before the advert expires the role will be closed early.  We would therefore advise any candidate to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Closing Date for applications is 1st July 2020.

Location of the position is ESTEC, Netherlands.  

To apply: Please send your CV and covering letter to careers@telespazio.com

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Competitive Package covering salary, generous holiday allowance, training plan and more


In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process. Furthermore, in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees will undergo stringent reference and identity checks.

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