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Space

The private Space sector is relatively young. The decommissioning of the Space Shuttle Programme was an opportunity for private businesses to support NASA with its operations both in orbit and beyond.

Elsewhere in the world organisations are pioneering new satellite technologies, unmanned probes and innovative new ways to combat space junk.

KDC Resource are proud to be working with a number of these organisations providing highly skilled technical talent into Flight Dynamics, AOCS, Earth Observation, GNSS, Mission Operations, Ground Segment and Payload.

Our specialist recruitment consultants are actively searching for industry leading professionals to fulfil roles at all levels including Systems Engineers, Payload Engineers, AOCS Engineers, Product Assurance Engineers, RF Engineers and Control Engineers.

Or if you’d like to partner with KDC to support your talent search then click here to learn more.


Live Space Jobs

  • RF Test Systems Hardware Engineer

    RF Test Systems Hardware Engineer

    Are you looking for your next contracting opportunity? Do you want to work for one of the UK's biggest, industry leading clients with one of the best RF facilities in the UK? Then this is the position for you.

    We are currently looking for a Test Systems Engineer to support the design and delivery of test solutions, satisfying project requirements from the design stage all the way through to delivery. This includes supporting the production of the test solution documentation.

    The key responsibilities are:
    • Design, Integration, Validation and Documentation of RF Test Systems solutions; this role shall include all efforts required to deliver the test & control solution, including all hardware aspects where applicable and coordination of these disciplines where appropriate.
    • Ensures that the developed solution is developed and produced within the relevant issued quality processes.
    • Liaise with Project Responsible Engineer to achieve successful project milestone reviews with associated document inputs.
    • Responsible for maintaining the solution and for providing support through the project operations phase (with the support of the Test Operations organisation).
    • To provide responses/advice with respect to test hardware related occurrence reports and non-conformance raised.
    • Supports the weekly and monthly reporting to the project team and to the department management team.

    Required Experience:
    • Previous experience of the complete Test System Development Cycle and Test Philosophies
    • Previous Experience demonstrating the ability to interpret test requirements through to test system design, development, delivery and support in a production environment.
    • Previous experience of maintaining complex multi-faceted test & control solutions.
    • Proven track record of delivery OQOTOC

    Don't hesitate to apply!
    Following your application we can provide more details.

    Job Type:
    Contract
    Location:
    Portsmouth
    Salary:
    Competitive
    Job Ref:
    J140707
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  • Software Developer

    Are you a Software Developer looking for an exciting career in the development of space related applications and services? Do you want to work for a growing company based in high end facilities and join an experienced software team developing bespoke applications within the space domain, where you would be involved in all of the key software lifecycle aspects: requirements, design, development and test. KDC are working on an opportunity with one of our main clients based in Luton.

    Responsibilities:
    • Software design to implement the features / requirements compatible with the application and platform architecture.
    • Implementation of high-quality software source code
    • Unit and integration testing of the software
    • Linux/Windows development and scripting

    Qualifications / Experience:
    • Degree in relevant subject with Software Engineering modules or equivalent experience

    Essential Skills
    • C++ programming
    • User requirement analysis
    • Functional Testing
    • Descriptive design documentation
    • Embedded Systems Development
    • Web Applications Development
    • Database Design, Administration & SQL
    • Big Data Databases (e.g. HDFS, other non-SQL)
    • Big Data Processing & Frameworks (e.g. Hadoop)
    • Continuous integration/deployment environments (Jenkins)
    • Understanding of virtualisation / cloud based computing
    • Understanding of Containers and Orchestration (e.g. Docker/Kubernetes)
    • Resource Oriented Architecture Development (REST)

    Desirable Skills
    • Knowledge of Agile / Scrum development methodology

    If this position is something of interest, please send through your CV and call 01202 596366 to speak to Eugene.

    Job Type:
    Permanent
    Location:
    Luton
    Salary:
    Competitive Salary Offered
    Job Ref:
    J140668
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  • Senior Command & Data Handling Engineer

    KDC are currently working with one of the few companies in the world proposing to aid in the removal of orbital debris through the provision of End of Life (EOL) and Active Debris Removal (ADR) services. In addition to providing a technical solution, Our client is helping to define the business case for this service and are working with national space agencies, international institutions, non-profit organizations, insurance companies and satellite operators to develop norms, regulations and incentives that contribute to the responsible use of space.

    Having already received $130m worth of funding since 2013, our client is looking to add a Senior Command & Data Handling Engineer to the team based in Harwell, Japan.

    Responsibilities
    oLead development and design activities for the Command & Data Handling Sub-systems on spacecraft:
    oderive and maintain sub-system requirements
    odefine and develop sub-system architecture
    operform trade-off analysis of hardware & software solutions
    omanage, subsystem data and processing budgets
    odefine FMECA and FDIR processes
    oCoordinate with other teams at sub-system and at system level to define ConOps, ICDs, development and verification plans.
    oPlan, prepare, lead, conduct electrical sub-systems and system level verification tests, including environmental testing.
    oWork with the UK based Ground segment and operations teams in support of our mission operations globally.
    oInteract with partners and suppliers for the provision of C&DH equipment. Support procurement engineers with specification, trade-off and selection of C&DH equipment.
    oParticipate in review of the deliverables in support of the project milestones.

    Essential Skills & Experience
    oDiploma; bachelor or master's degree in electrical engineering or relevant engineering/science discipline.
    o5+ years of commercial experience in electronic and/or system design of Command & Data Handling Systems for satellites.
    oDemonstrable experience on designing systems that use industry de-facto standards such as CCSDS, I2C, Spacewire, CAN, etc.
    oOperational experience of C&DH systems on spacecraft missions.
    oExperience in developing and conducting test plans for spacecraft avionics.
    oGood understanding of spacecraft mission lifecycle and milestones (e.g. MDR, PDR, CDR, etc).
    oGood understanding of system engineering & managing requirements through the full project lifecycle.

    Desired Skills & Experience
    oDemonstrable experience of spacecraft design lifecycle at all stages from initial concept to design, test, and operations.
    oKnowledge of software development methodologies & embedded software engineering.
    oExperience in FPGA (field-programmable gate array) design using Verilog / VHDL.
    oExperience of analysis radiation tolerances and knowledge of radiation hardness assurance for Low Earth Orbit applications.
    oA basic knowledge in the following areas: debris removal, end-of-life, in-orbit servicing.
    oWhilst the working language across all our clients divisions is English, proficiency in spoken and/or written Japanese would be considered an asset.

    Please send your CV through and call Eugene on 01202 596366.

    Job Type:
    Permanent
    Location:
    Harwell
    Salary:
    Competitive Salary Offered
    Job Ref:
    J140660
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  • Senior RF & Communication Systems Engineer

    KDC are currently working with one of the few companies in the world proposing to aid in the removal of orbital debris through the provision of End of Life (EOL) and Active Debris Removal (ADR) services. In addition to providing a technical solution, Our client is helping to define the business case for this service and are working with national space agencies, international institutions, non-profit organizations, insurance companies and satellite operators to develop norms, regulations and incentives that contribute to the responsible use of space.

    Having already received $130m worth of funding since 2013, our client is looking to add a Senior Spacecraft RF & Communication System Engineer to the team based in Harwell, Oxfordshire.

    Responsibilities
    oLead development and design activities for RF & Comms sub-systems on spacecraft:
    oderive and maintain sub-system requirements
    odefine and develop sub-system architecture
    operform trade-off analysis of hardware & software solutions
    odeveloping link budgets
    odefine FMECA and FDIR processes
    oCoordinate with other teams at sub-system and at system level to define ConOps, ICDs, development and verification plans.
    oPlan, prepare, lead, conduct sub-systems and system level verification tests, including environmental testing.
    oWork with the UK based Ground segment and operations teams in support of our mission operations globally.
    oInteract with partners and suppliers for the provision of RF/comms equipment. Support procurement engineers with specification, trade-off and selection of RF/Comms equipment.
    oParticipate in review of the deliverables in support of the project milestones.

    Essential Skills & Experience
    oDiploma; bachelor or master degree in electrical engineering or relevant engineering/science discipline.
    o5+ years of commercial experience RF design & test of high-performance microwave communications systems for satellites.
    oUnderstanding of RF communications and various modulation techniques.
    oExperience using RF and microwave test equipment (VNAs, spectrum analyzers and signal generators) and simulation tools.
    oOperational experience of RF systems on spacecraft missions.
    oExperience in developing and conducting test plans for spacecraft avionics.
    oGood understanding of spacecraft mission lifecycle and milestones (e.g. MDR, PDR, CDR, etc).
    oGood understanding of system engineering & managing requirements through the full project lifecycle.

    Desired Skills & Experience
    oDemonstrable experience of spacecraft design lifecycle at all stages from initial concept to design, test, and operations.
    oExperience of analysis radiation tolerances and knowledge of radiation hardness assurance for Low Earth Orbit applications.
    oWhilst the working language across all our clients divisions is English, proficiency in spoken and/or written Japanese would be considered an asset.

    To learn more abut this position, please send through your CV and call +441202 596366 to speak to Eugene.


    Job Type:
    Permanent
    Location:
    Harwell
    Salary:
    Competitive Salary Offered
    Job Ref:
    J140658
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  • Senior Propulsion Engineer

    KDC are currently working with one of the few companies in the world proposing to aid in the removal of orbital debris through the provision of End of Life (EOL) and Active Debris Removal (ADR) services. In addition to providing a technical solution, Our client is helping to define the business case for this service and are working with national space agencies, international institutions, non-profit organizations, insurance companies and satellite operators to develop norms, regulations and incentives that contribute to the responsible use of space.

    Having already received $130m worth of funding since 2013, our client is looking to add a Senior Propulsion Engineer to the team based in Harwell, Oxfordshire.

    Responsibilities
    oLead development and design activities for the Propulsion Sub-systems on
    spacecraft:
    oderive and maintain sub-system requirements
    odefine and develop sub-system architecture
    oanalysis, design and sizing of both chemical propulsion (CP) and electric propulsion (EP) systems
    oPerforming rapid feasibility studies into different propulsion scenarios and architectures, including development of any models and tools necessary for analysis.
    oCoordinate with other teams at sub-system and at system level to define ConOps, ICDs, development and verification plans.
    oSelection of relevant components for CP and EP, understanding the intricacies of buy/make decisions.
    oInteract with partners and suppliers for the provision of propulsion equipment. Support procurement engineers with specification, trade-off and selection of propulsion equipment.
    oSupporting test engineers with testing of models (functional e.g. thrust analysis, environmental e.g. vibe, thermal, TVAC), requirements verification, analysis of test data and correlation with propulsion technical models.
    Essential Skills & Experience
    oDiploma; Bachelor or Master degree in propulsion, mechanical or aerospace engineering.
    o5+ years of commercial experience in propulsion systems analysis, design / procurement and test for satellites.
    oAn in depth understanding of the trade-offs in application of Chemical Propulsion and Electrical Propulsion systems.
    oA good knowledge of propulsion suppliers and products and the state-of-the-art in propulsion systems and propulsion R&D.
    oGood understanding of spacecraft mission lifecycle and milestones (e.g. MDR, PDR, CDR, etc).
    oGood understanding of system engineering & managing requirements through the full project lifecycle.
    Desired Skills & Experience
    oDemonstrable experience of spacecraft design lifecycle at all stages from initial concept to design, test, and operations.
    oA basic knowledge in the following areas: debris removal, end-of-life, in-orbit servicing.
    oWhilst the working language across all divisions is English, proficiency in spoken and/or written Japanese would be considered an asset.

    To learn more abut this position, please send through your CV and call +441202 596366 to speak to Eugene.


    Job Type:
    Permanent
    Location:
    Harwell
    Salary:
    Competitive Salary Offered
    Job Ref:
    J140657
    Read More

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