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Sr. AOCS Engineer



Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Pixxel is a space data company building a health monitor for our planet. We are doing that by deploying a constellation of some of the world's most advanced earth imaging satellites in lower earth orbit and an analytics platform (on ground) with tools that enable easy application of this data across a multitude of sectors. Our fully deployed constellation will be capable of beaming down daily imagery of any place on earth.

This is a chance for you to play a crucial role in designing a satellite system that has complex performance demands. This role will contribute towards the development of attitude and orbit control subsystems for a LEO imaging satellite constellation. If you love working at the cutting edge of technology and want to contribute towards making the world a better place by bringing down the benefits of space down to earth, this is the place for you.


  1. Design, model and develop Attitude Determination and Control system for LEO spacecrafts
  2. Collaborate with systems and mission teams to scope capabilities and requirements for the AOCS system
  3. Perform trade studies and select the necessary sensor and actuator suites to meet the subsystem requirements
  4. Design and implement algorithms to support various pointing modes and attitude control scenarios
  5. Implement control algorithms into modular, scalable and maintainable mathematical models
  6. Work with the flight software team to deploy the models against the simulation software
  7. Developing plans for end-to-end integration, test, and calibration.
  8. Develop and maintain technical documentation for spacecraft AOCS architecture definition, design, and development.
  9. Take end-to-end ownership of the subsystem development from design through implementation, testing, deployment and commissioning

Basic Qualification:

  1. Bachelors / M.Tech / MS / Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Controls or equivalent
  2. Experience: 3+ years of relevant work experience (as a GNC or an AOCS engineer)
  3. Strong understanding of satellite systems, orbital mechanics, classical dynamics and the low-earth orbit environment
  4. Strong understanding of spacecraft control and determination hardware and its implementation
  5. Experience with orbital manoeuvring theory, flexible body control, sensor/navigation filters, and flight software development.
  6. Proficiency and Practical experience developing in Matlab & Simulink, and Python
  7. Strong programming skills in at least one high level programming language (Python preferred)
  8. Ability to understand, break down, and solve complex problems independently
  9. Good communications skills (verbal and written), ability to work collaboratively in a team environment

Nice-To-Have Skills:

  1. Mission design and orbit simulation experience using software tools (STK, FreeFlyer, Orekit, GMAT etc.) or custom software is preferred
  2. Full lifecycle development experience of LEO spacecraft
  3. Hardware-in-the-loop and monte carlo simulation experience
  4. Knowledge of Development tools
    1. Version control (Git)
    2. Project Management (Jira)


  1. Insurance cover for you and your family, free access to mental health professionals, paid sick leave and other benefits (vaccination drives, etc.)
  2. Reasonably flexible working hours
  3. Get to work and regularly interact with some of the top scientists and professionals in space technology at Pixxel
  4. Get exposure to the international space community and the chance to publish research on behalf of Pixxel