Attitude Control Engineer

  • Tokyo
  • Remote OK
  • Full-time
  • October 28, 2022
6,000,000 - 8,000,000 JPY /yr
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Language Requirements
Japanese: Conversational
English: Conversational
Minimum Experience
Senior or above


  • Design the architecture of satellite attitude control system
  • Design and implement the software for satellite attitude control
  • Model sensors and actuators in MATLAB/Simulink
  • Test and debug control algorithms
  • Integrate attitude determination and control software modules
  • Run simulations, Model In the Loop Simulation (MILS), Hardware In the Loop Simulation (HILS)
  • Verify, evaluate and validate the satellite attitude control system on-orbit, and investigate the reflections to the next satellites

Minimum qualifications

  • Knowledge about the sensors and actuators
  • At least 5 years of experience in the design and validation of control systems in MATLAB/Simulink
  • Experience in modeling physical components (sensors, actuators) in MATLAB/Simulink
  • Experience in programming in C/C++
  • Able to go to the factory (Tsukuba) on business trips several times a year

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in the design, implementation and testing of spacecraft attitude and orbit control algorithms
  • Experience in the design and/or physical modeling of embedded systems
  • Experience in control law design, beyond classical techniques: non-linear design, optimal design
  • Experience in state estimation using Kalman filtering and anomaly detection algorithms
  • Experience in model identification
  • Knowledge of GNC hardware components such as: reaction wheels, magnetorquers, GPS receivers, gyroscopes, star trackers
  • Knowledge of electronics circuitry and interfaces

Note that we will send a test if candidate has the access (license) to Matlab.

Synspective is a space start-up that provides business solutions based on data from satellites. Founded in 2018, they develop and operate their own synthetic aperture radar satellites.

While most start-ups in the Earth Observation sector are limited to one area such as data analytics or the development of satellite hardware, Synspective handles everything from developing satellites to data analytics to building solutions for clients based on this infrastructure.

With an emphasis on data, Synspective aims to become a true one-stop-shop player for solutions based on satellite data. With SAR satellites that apply the results of the Japanese Cabinet Office’s “ImPACT” program, Synspective’s goal is to create a platform capable of frequent data collection, and sell or use that data to offer solutions for government and business entities.

Synspective’s culture is defined by their concept of “Human Centered Design for Company”. They’re striving to build a strong organization that relies on the performance of each individual. To that end, they provide a flexible environment where specialists can work autonomously, empowering members to work whenever it enables them to do their best work.

Since the company is entering into a market that’s still developing, optimizing for the performance of each individual is essential for the success of the company’s business. They also want to support members in expressing their own ideas and hypothesis since they know that the satellite business still has many open questions.

Synspective is an organization full of highly-motivated specialists, so each full-time employee is on a 6-month contract. Members’ performance is evaluated every six months, and those who’ve made major contributions are rewarded for their effort. This also helps maintain an environment where everyone can work freely and independently among people focused on improvement and growth.

Synspective's policies during COVID-19 are as follows:

  • During COVID-19 all of their members are working from home. *They’ve opened up hiring for overseas candidates for a few positions.
  • Synspective was already working remotely before COVID-19 for most roles.
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