GNC Engineer

  • Indefinite
  • Full time
  • 08040, Barcelona, Spain
  • Flying Vehicles

We are an aerospace start-up based in Barcelona and Toulouse and we are focused on developing disruptive technologies for small satellite launch vehicles. 

Our mission is to develop the technology that enables a more efficient, sustainable, and commercial access to space. We successfully tested a world’s first 3D printed aerospike engine, introducing several new technologies into its design. And we are leading the development of innovative launcher technology making reusable rockets the catalyst for sustainable and low-cost access to space.

We are privately funded, supported by national and European institutions and a strong network of European partners.

If you are a Space fan, open-minded, driven, and talented professional, who can help us to take our business to the next level, continue reading

About your job:

The guidance, navigation, and control element of a launch vehicle, together with the overall flight management, is one of the more important challenges to address when developing a fully functional launch vehicle.

You would be the main responsible for the overall GNC subsystem for the MESO launch vehicle. In your role you will need to check the performance of the full vehicle GNC loop through numerical simulations. This data you will have to use to e.g. size actuators, together with the rest of team, and to set the requirements for the avionics system. The team will also use the simulation outputs to derive e.g. flight loads and flight envelopes, to be used by other disciplines to further the design of the vehicle.

Your role will involve firstly creating models of the GNC system using software such as e.g. MATLAB/Simulink and ASTOS to classify the vehicle’s stability, loads, precision, extreme envelopes, required actuator sizes etc. This might also involve conceptual level work of control law modeling. You will also need to perform more detailed work on the vehicle’s operational/GNC flight modes. Furthermore, another important part of your role will involve the supporting the creation of requirements for the avionics system, and you will interface with the avionics supplier to assure their solution will satisfy the requirements.

You should be comfortable working independently and taking on responsibility, and you should hold sufficient expertise and understanding of GNC to fully grasp such concepts as closed-loop PID control, stability margins, controller bandwidth, Kalman filtering, etc.


Your challenges and responsibilities:

Using tools such as Simulink and ASTOS to construct full GNC models of the launch vehicle, both for ascent and reentry.

Evaluating the vehicle’s stability margins and from that being able to derive requirements on navigation accuracy, actuator sizing, and allowable flight envelopes.

Assisting in following the developments of the avionics suppliers to make sure the final developed solution will meet the set requirements and needs of Pangea Aerospace.

Interfacing with all fields of engineering in a multi-disciplinary team to advance the progress of the entire system.

Writing of engineering documentation as well as vehicle user manuals etc.

Assistance with ad-hoc assignments related to your role, as required by Pangea Aerospace.


What you need to be successful:

Master’s degree in aerospace engineering or related field.

Good understanding of GNC.

Good understanding of Control Theory.

Understanding of Flight Mechanics & Atmospheric Flight.

Understanding of Astrodynamics / Orbital Mechanics & Exo-Atmospheric Flight.

Understanding of coordinate systems, attitude representations, and coordinate system transformations.

Programming skills in e.g. Python / Matlab / Octave, or in a similar high-level language.

Experience working with requirements and ECSS standards is meritorious.

Experience with trajectory optimization and trajectory optimization software, e.g. STK, ASTOS, GMAT, etc. is meritorious.

Experience working with flight controllers/flight computers and/or avionics is meritorious.

Experience in working with the development of space vehicles, reentry vehicles, and/or space missions is highly meritorious, but not required.

Experience working with suppliers is meritorious, but not strictly required.


Our working environment:

Capable of working in a flexible, open-minded, and multi-cultural environment.

Passionate about your work and willing to both teach and learn.

Start-up mindset.

Creative and with experience in overcoming failure.


More about us… 

We are an international and very multicultural team. Our work is guided by these core values:

  • Teamwork, because we strive in working together as an aligned team towards our common goals. 
  • Respect & tolerance: we value people with integrity that treat other people with respect. We enjoy having diverse views to enrich the debate and take better decisions.
  • Passion for growth: we are passionate about space and about being pioneers; also, we value personal and organizational growth aiming to a constant improvement. 
  • Sustainability: because a long-term vision and strategy is not possible if sustainability is not in the team’s core values. 
  • Daring: we do things that sometimes seem impossible, but we always go the extra mile to find a path to do them and we are ready to take the necessary risks to achieve our goals.

If this sounds good to you and you want to join the New Space revolution, we really want to meet you!