SpaceVan platform systems engineer

Exotrail is hiring!


Exotrail is a space company based in France. We are developing mobility solutions for an agile space.

Our mission is to allow small satellite constellations to move in space, so that we can optimise their deployment, increase their performances and reduce space pollution. Thanks to this, a new world of telecommunication, Earth observation and space exploration will arise.

Our mobility solutions range from highly flexible high-thrust propulsion systems for small satellites (ExoMG™), mission simulation and operation software (ExoOPS™), and orbital transfer vehicles (SpaceVan™).

Exotrail launched in 2017 and has secured over 17M€ from prestigious Venture Capital funds and public grants. Our team consists of 30 people who are passionate about disrupting the space industry. We operate out of two locations: Toulouse and Massy (suburb of Paris).

This is only the beginning. Small satellites equipped with propulsion will be able to deliver new space services and will entirely disrupt the space industry by servicing, repairing, assembling and manufacturing spacecrafts directly in orbit. Join us and be part of our great ambition!

Job Description

The goal of Exotrail is to develop agility in space and become a leader in on-orbit transportation. The first step was to create a new propulsion system which enables small satellites to move quicker than before on-orbit, while achieving high delta-V missions. The second step is to use this agility to move satellites in space using a dedicated platform called the Space Van™. Our first goal is to provide a transportation service to move satellites after the launch and position them on the right orbit for their mission.

To develop our Space Van™, Exotrail is looking for a talented Satellite Systems Engineer, with key competencies in avionics, data handling and electrical power management. Your role will be to implement this vision of a mothership able to host and transport satellites within our SpaceVan team.

Our team is already composed of several talents and your main tasks will involve, with respect to the satellite platform:

  • Specification of the subsystems and overall architecture
  • Technical leadership of all the avionics, data handling and electronics
  • Subcontractors and technical partners management
  • Close collaboration with our current systems engineer
  • Integration, assembly and test of the prototypes

Your job will be much broader than purely technical tasks and will include:

  • Coordination with the strategic and business team to have a good market-fit
  • Possibility to be in a leadership position for the future of the SpaceVan™ project
  • Coordinating with the technical teams of our partners: subcontractors, satellite integrators and primes, ground infrastructure providers, agencies.

This role will be very evolutive with the project. From its inception to the hiring and development of a complete team over the next few years, your role will be the technical lead on the design of major platform subsystems linked to avionics, data handling, power management.

You will work in our offices in Toulouse or in Massy. Remote work is possible on a weekly basis (no full remote work). Our current team will support you in their respective expertise: space mechanics, operations in Toulouse and propulsion subsystem, transverse mechanical-thermal-electrical design in Massy.

In your daily work, you will work with our current SpaceVan™ team, but also directly with our CEO, our Chief Scientist, and with our VP of Strategy and Business development.

Preferred Experience

You are already an experienced professional with more than 5 years in the space sector, ideally in both a prime contractor and in the small satellites industry. You shall have an experience in satellite systems engineering, and most specifically in avionics, data handling and electronics. Your experience should include some management activities but shall be focused on technical matters.

Within this project, the role will evolve from the initial studies of the platform to prototypes development to the operational phase of the project.

This role requires the following skills:

  • A very high degree of autonomy;
  • You are eager to perform technical studies on complex subjects and are confident that you can handle the complete high-level definition of a satellite platform with various partners;
  • You want to start a technical development, then expand the team to address the specifics and finalize the concept;
  • You have great communication skills, both writing- and speaking-wise;
  • You are proficient in English. Having a basic French is a plus;
  • You are not afraid to work in a changing and challenging environment;
  • You are willing to take measured risks;
  • You want to bring agility to space and develop new services based on high-level technologies.

Additional Information

  • Contract Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Massy, France (91300)