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Engineer “Flight Safety”


A job offer for an engineer in Launchers Flight Safety technical field is

available at the CNES-Launchers Directorate for duration of 18 months.

The engineer will bring support to the flight safety specialists of the department: he (or she) will be involved, depending on the programmatic needs, in: 

  • Near flight safety[1] studies for the preliminary launchers projects and the demonstrators prepared by CNES launchers directorate (methods and models developments, simulation campaigns) ;

  • Near and far range safety studies for the operational and in-development launchers (ARIANE, VEGA and SOYUZ families). In that frame he (or she) will apply standard and qualified methods and tools or will propose needed evolutions. 

These activities will imply the performance and exploitation of simulation campaigns, as well as software development works.  He (or she) could also be involved in: technology watches in the field of flight safety, and theoretical developments or analyses to support justification files of innovative safety approaches for future launch systems (for instance, use of GNSS for localization).

Specific conditions: Possible short term travels in Europe

JOB beginning date: As soon as possible

[1] people and goods protection during the launchers flight above or at proximity of French Guyana

Desired profile

Master degree in aerospace engineering with strong knowledge or experience in the fields of flight mechanics and simulation.

Knowledge and experience in programming, using most of the following languages, is required: Fortran, ADA, Java, Python, and Scilab. General knowledge of launchers domain (flight control, navigation systems: inertial, GNSS) would be an asset.

LanguAGES: English and French

Necessary skills

  • Autonomy, good relationship and ability to communicate
  • Capacity of analysis and synthesis
  • Scientific rigorousness

Structure description

Safety, Performance and GNC department (SPC).

Within the Space Transportation Technical Directorate (SDT), The Safety, Performance and GNC department is in charge of engineering studies in the fields of trajectories and performances, flight mechanics, and in-flight safety of launchers, including software and on-board algorithms design.

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