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Principal Engineer - Mission Design and Simulation


Hyderabad, TS, India

Job Type

Full-time; On-site


Research & Development

Role overview and responsibilities

Dhruva Space is looking for a Mission Design and Simulations Engineer, who will play a crucial role in planning and executing Space missions by designing orbital trajectories, conducting simulations, and ensuring the feasibility and success of Space missions. This position requires expertise in astrodynamics, orbital mechanics, and proficiency in simulation tools.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Mission Planning:

- Design and optimize orbital trajectories based on mission objectives, payload requirements, and operational constraints.
- Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to understand mission goals and translate them into orbit design parameters.
- Complex satellite constellation designs and trade studies.

Astrodynamics and Orbital Mechanics:

- Utilise astrodynamics principles to model and analyze satellite motion, gravitational influences, and orbital perturbations.
- Orbit determination and propagation analyses

Simulation and Analysis:

- Develop and implement simulation models to analyze satellite behavior under various conditions.
- Perform simulations to assess mission success probabilities and evaluate sensitivity to different parameters.

Launch Window Analysis:

- Identify optimal launch windows based on mission requirements, orbital dynamics, and celestial mechanics.

Mission Validation:

- Validate mission design through rigorous simulations and analyses, considering uncertainties in atmospheric drag, solar radiation pressure, and other factors.
- Assess and mitigate risks related to orbital decay, satellite conjunctions, and other dynamic events.

Documentation and Reporting:

- Prepare comprehensive documentation of mission design, simulations, and analysis results.
- Communicate findings and recommendations to cross-functional teams.

Candidate requirements
  • Bachelor's, Master's, or Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field.
  • Proven experience in mission design, astrodynamics, and orbital mechanics.
  • Level 3 - STK Grand Master Certification is required
  • Candidate should have handson experience on Space Missions
  • Proficiency in GMAT (General Mission Analysis Tool) and Python
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Programming skills (e.g., Python, MATLAB) for simulation and analysis.
  • Familiarity with industry standards and best practices in space mission planning.
  • Excellent communication skills for conveying complex technical information to both technical and non-technical teams.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing project requirements and timelines.