Pre-Sales Engineer - Satellite Programme

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  • Location

    Farnborough, Hampshire

  • Sector:

    Aerospace and Defence

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  • Salary:

    £260.00 - £300.00 per day

  • Contact:

    Nick Wallwork

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  • Published:

    over 1 year ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months

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Description of the Job:

To support Solutions Architecture / Pre Sales team for all aspects of the delivery of very light-weight payloads for the Zephyr series of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) including specification, design, build/manufacture, and integration into the Zephyr platform.

Tasks and Accountabilities:

* Translating customer user requirements into technical solutions
* Provide advice and guidance to payload suppliers on optimal integration solution for a Zephyr platform
* Working with customers and suppliers provide technical summaries on Zephyr platform and payload capabilities
* Provide input into the payload development strategy and roadmaps
* To ensure the stakeholders clearly understand the requirements for the and the capabilities of the payloads
* To liaise with the other subsystems teams such as power and propulsion to ensure that the best overall solution for the Zephyr system is being implemented
* To manage the integration of payloads onto Zephyr to ensure mission success
* Ensures the Zephyr Product Assurance (PA), design and verification standards are met

The successful candidate will need to be eligible to gain UK SC Security Clearance to undertake the role.

This role will involve frequent travel for business and as such you must be able to travel accordingly.

Qualifications / Experience:

Technical ability / familiarity with some of the following payload types:

* RF communications
* Optical and IF surveillance
* ESM and Sigint
* Data communications

* Familiarity with engineering methodologies for harsh environments
* Sales and marketing support
* Customer facing skills
* Development of working procedure compatible with regulatory approval
* Production of documentation including Test Plans, Test Schedules
* Liaising with the software developers and hardware engineers to identify / resolve anomalous behaviour
* Strong communication skills to engage with management & technical colleagues
* Ability to work to demanding time-scales
* A familiarity with the configuration control tools and code configuration strategies
* Subcontractor management
* Strong communication skills to engage with management & technical colleagues

Project Info:

Zephyr is a solar-powered high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS), designed to complement the advantages of both satellites and classic unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Flying in the stratosphere at an altitude of around 65.000 ft, HAPS offer a high, inherently stable vantage point unaffected by air traffic and weather and thus enable numerous unique remote-sensing or communication services. Combining long endurance and local footprint, HAPS quite literally fill the gap between satellites and today's UAVs.

By day Zephyr flies on solar power generated by paper-thin solar cells covering its 23-metre wingspan which drive its two small propellers and charge up lithium-sulphur batteries which power the craft during the night-time.

Zephyr is the state-of-the-art technology demonstrator of our clients HAPS programme. It holds three official world records including the longest endurance of any unmanned aircraft.