Space Avionics Verification Engineer

Thales Alenia Space

Direct Entry Job Permanent Cannes, France

Uploaded 15 Sep 2020

Job Description

The PLATO Avionics Model Bench (AVM) is a 2D/3D representation of the PLATO Spacecraft comprising Engineering Models (EM) of the PLATO Data Handling, AOCS, Power and Payload units.

Using representative hardware supported by detailed unit simulations and EGSE, the AVM provides the means to perform verification of the PLATO Avionics Subsystem (DHS and AOCS including the Onboard Software).

Primary Purpose of the Role:

As part of the Systems Engineering team, the Avionics Verification Engineer will work closely with the Avionics Design and Verification Architects to implement the verification tests of the Avionics Subsystem (AOCS and DHS).

The Avionics Verification Engineering team contribute to the execution of the Avionics Integration, Verification and Validation Plan on the AVM.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

Reporting to PLATO AVM Manager in France and the System Department Manager in the UK, the main duties will include:

  • Taking inputs from subsystem/unit documentation and test specifications; define the test procedures and automatic test sequences for the verification of the Avionics Subsystem (AOCS and DHS, including the onboard software) for:
    • Integration (I&T) Tests
    • Integrated Subsystem Tests (ISST), including AOCS functional chain verification.
    • Integrated System Tests (IST) including AOCS closed-loop, FDIR, Performance and Mission
  • Execution of the tests on the AVM
  • Produce post-test analysis data and test reports, contributing to the Verification Control process (VCD’s)
  • Validation and configuration of the EGSE (EPS/CDMS/AOCS SCOE and CCS)
  • Support problem resolution and contribute to the Non-Conformance Review Board (NRB)
  • Participate in the test review cycles (TSR/TRR/PTR)
  • Management of the Spacecraft Reference Database (SRDB)
  • Verification of Flight Operations Procedures (FOP)
  • Support the verification of FOP’s by the Mission Control Centre
  • Ensure efficient transition of processes to Spacecraft AIT

Person Specification

  • Degree (or equivalent qualification) in engineering with electrical and software background
  • General knowledge of Spacecraft subsystems (AOCS, DHS, Power and Payloads)
  • Experience in Spacecraft Avionics testing (AOCS and DHS, including Payload data management)
  • Production of detailed automated test procedures (TAS CCS V2 SCOPE and Python scripting languages as example)
  • Electrical functional testing of data bus signals (SpaceWire, MIL-BUS-1553 and RS422) and knowledge of relevant communication protocols
  • Familiarity with Spacecraft Database architecture
  • Knowledge of ECSS standards for data handling (CCSDS, PUS and CFDP protocols)