Position Title: Stratos Flight Controller – Columbus

ALTEC is looking for an Engineer in order to fulfil the STRATOS Flight Controller position within the Columbus mission at DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen/Germany, starting February 1, 2023.  

The STRATOS Tasks are of two types: 1- On console tasks to be performed during shifts in the Columbus Flight Control Room; 2- Off line tasks to be performed in the Office during normal working time.

The STRATOS will be certified after a period of training lasting up to one year. The training will consist mainly on lessons, simulations on-console and training-on-the-job at the main site or on other ESA/NASA sites.


  1. On console tasks

    The STRATOS Flight controller position on-console main tasks are:

    • Executes all daily operations work related to the Columbus on-orbit operations for Thermal Control (TCS), Environmental Control (ECLSS),Electrical Power Distribution (EPDS) distributed systems, Data Management System (DMS) and Communications system (COMMS) by performing the following tasks:
    • Monitoring the performance of Columbus Subsystems (TCS, ECLSS, EPDS, DMS and COMMS)
    • Execute commanding of all Columbus systems to perform the required systems and payload support tasks
    • Coordinates on resource management, monitoring and control of the system to payload interface to the International Payload Standard Racks (ISPR)
    • Manage safety related functions like smoke detection and fire suppression 
    • Preparation of hand over report2.

  2. Off line tasks

    During normal working hours, STRATOS is preparing all operational products that are needed to execute the above mentioned tasks e.g. procedures (Operational Data File (ODF),  Flight Control Operations Handbook (FCOH), Flight Rules, monitoring limits and command files, displays, Mission Flight Data Base (MFDB) and planning inputs. 

    STRATOS is also participating in the increment preparation process as well as supporting offline interfaces to all operational parties, e.g. Col-FD, EPIC, GCT, EST, NASA-FCT, ESA.


  • A University degree in an engineering discipline is required.
  • Ability to work in a multinational team.
  • Good communication, planning and reporting skills.
  • Experience in Human Space Flight (preferred).
  • Fluent in English, both in speech and writing.
  • Willingness to work on console during shift time.


  • System-minded and a team player.
  • Able to work in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently with little or no supervision.


German language skills would be an asset.

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