Ground Stations Maintainance and Engineer

Darmstadt, Germany
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Meteosat Third Generation Programme (MTG) and Polar System Second Generation (EPS-SG)
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RHEA Group is currently recruiting a Ground Stations Maintenance and Engineer to support the Ground Stations Team (GSt) supporting the operational Ground Stations as well as the integration and operational preparation of the Ground Stations required for Meteosat Third Generation Programme (MTG) and the Polar System Second Generation (EPS-SG) at our client’s premises in Darmstadt, Germany.

Tasks and Activities

The scope of work will include:

  • Investigation and rectification of anomalies reported by the operations/maintenance team;

  • Interface with the maintenance services providers at technical level;

  • Reporting on the performance of the Ground Stations and associated systems together with a status report of any on-going activities;

  • Provision of Ground Stations support to operations during critical mission phases, pre and post launch (i.e. SVT, LEOP, IOT and contingency);

  • Maintenance of operational Ground Stations procedures, databases and documentation in accordance with the configuration management and quality assurance practices;

  • Planning and scheduling the implementation, testing and validation phases of any modifications/improvements;

  • Providing technical consultancy for the management of ongoing Ground Stations contracts including changes

  • Provide consultancy to new programs in the areas of definition, development and integration of Ground Stations;

  • Provision of consultancy to the analysis of obsolescence and evolution changes to the ground stations.

Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • University degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline

  • At least 5 years’ experience in the 24/7 Operations and Maintenance of Large Ground Stations and/or Ground Stations Engineering/Integration used for GEO and/or LEO missions.

  • Ground Station design, integration and testing, particularly in the areas of Antenna, RF, Base Band and Tracking subsystems, including the generation of Requirement definition and ICD specifications;

  • Implementation of relevant ECSS standards and CCSDS recommendations concerning Space Link Services and Space Link Extension (SLE) protocols;

  • Operation and configuration of various types of Baseband equipment including integrated TT&C and ranging systems (i.e. Cortex type) and High Data Rate Modulators and Demodulators;

  • Maintenance and Operation of large Ground Stations particularly in Local and Remote M&C (including databases and automated procedures), redundancy management, Site Infrastructure and liaison with Service providers;

  • Analogue and digital modulation/demodulation schemes used on the Ground to Space interface for TT&C, Mission data transmission and Data Collection Systems.

  • Execution of Spacecraft interface verification testing, prior to launch in support of the SVT, and post launch in the form of RF IOT as part of Spacecraft Commissioning.

The following skills would be highly desirable:

  • Commercial satellite and micro wave data links;

  • Basic knowledge of WAN, LAN and TCP/IP protocol;

  • In Orbit Test (I.O.T.) systems deployment;

  • Radar Principles.


Preference will be given to candidates eligible for an EU or national personal security clearance at the level of SECRET or above.

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