Satellite Operations Engineer
Engineering - Toronto, Ontario
Kepler is changing the face of satellite communications by launching a constellation of telecommunication nanosatellites! With the recent success of our Series A funding, a handful of early customers, and our first two satellites in orbit, Kepler is currently doubling in size!

We invest heavily to deliver the best products to our customers, and so we’re on the hunt for a top-tier Satellite Operations Engineer.

At Kepler, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a small dedicated team of engineers to build and operate a constellation of satellites. You will develop the satellite LEOP, commissioning and standard operating procedures and implement them in flight.

Day-to-day, you will interface with the engineering team to identify key technical risks and develop recovery methods. You’ll also have the opportunity to define, build and test ground systems to support constellation operations. Here is a little more detail on the things we expect you to do:

Spacecraft in Orbit

  • Perform nominal operations to keep spacecraft healthy and delivering their services
  • Address anomalies to ensure rapid return to service
  • Trending and performance analysis of the spacecraft platform and payload
  • Continually improve operations and processes to be more efficient
  • Update and develop tools that automate ground based scheduling, commanding and monitoring
  • On-call operations support to respond to alerts and investigate anomalous conditions
  • Spacecraft in Development

  • Support launch and commissioning preparations
  • Test spacecraft functionality throughout development process
  • Create and validate operating procedures for all mission phases
  • Participate in spacecraft conceptual studies: PDR, CDR, and FRR
  • Provide input on design as influenced by intended future operations, especially where onboard autonomy and FDIR are concerned
  • Ground Segment

  • Participate in the definition, design, testing and deployment of ground segment software tools, with a particular focus on automation and scalability
  • Development of operating procedures for monitoring and maintenance of ground segment elements
  • Position Requirements

  • University degree in a relevant discipline
  • Knowledge of spacecraft mission analysis and design
  • Basic knowledge of LEO and sun-synchronous orbits and what they mean for pass geometries, revisit times, etc.
  • Background knowledge of spacecraft attitude/orbit determination and control systems
  • 0-3 years of experience operating/testing a 3-axis stabilized spacecraft with responsibility for one or more platform subsystems or instruments or the platform as a whole
  • Experience in specification of system operational concepts and constraints
  • Aptitude for creating timelines for systems that have many elements and constraints
  • Basic programming knowledge
  • Bonus Points

  • Experience in defining/implementing FDIR and automation
  • Knowledge of spacecraft command and control systems
  • Experience in the operation or development of satellite ground segment facilities
  • Programming skills in C/C++ and/or scripting language (e.g. Python).
  • Experience in procedure change control and configuration management processes
  • Knowledge of RF communications 
  • Kepler Communications Inc. is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment, where all employees and customers feel valued, respected and supported. We welcome applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, people who identify as LGBT and others who may contribute to diversification in our workplace.

    As part of our commitment to accessibility for all persons with disabilities, Kepler will, upon the request of the applicant, provide accommodation during the recruitment process to ensure equal access to applicants with disabilities. Please contact our People & Culture team by phone at: +1 (437) 637-0047 to make your accommodation needs known and we will consult with you to ensure suitable accommodation is provided.

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