Life at Telespazio UK


Telespazio UK’s culture is defined by our people, and drives the value we deliver through the relationships we have throughout the business from colleagues, to our customers and stakeholders.

Our culture mirrors the multi-national, multi-disciplinary environment in which we work, which thrives on challenge, and engenders a rigorous, analytical, results-oriented approach to problem-solving. We are open and honest, say what we believe, and challenge that which we do not.

At Telespazio UK, our culture is also based on a pursuit of excellence and thought leadership – not only in our understanding of the technologies with which we work and the market domains in which they are applied, but also in the quality of the ideas, methodologies, services and solutions we deliver. We share with our clients and partners an unparalleled enthusiasm for space and its application in society.

Telespazio UK in Holland

ESTEC is the Research and Technology Centre for the European Space Agency (ESA) located on the west coast of the Netherlands, between Amsterdam and The Hague. In ESTEC, all types of ESA missions are born: Science, Earth Observation, Navigation and Telecommunications. ESTEC is responsible for preparing these space missions, testing satellites and developing new space technologies in close collaboration with industry, research institutes and national agencies. ESTEC houses an impressive spacecraft test centre with supporting state-of-the-art specialised laboratories. Teams working at ESA comprise of all 22 ESA member states, although the official languages are English and French.

Telespazio UK has been working with ESA at ESTEC for over 25 years where the staff we sourced for ESTEC provide a wide range of support services in engineering including:

  • Providing fundamental support in the AIT and AIV domain, both in implementation and review phases for missions of the ambitious Earth Observation programme Copernicus, as well as Sentinel 2.
  • Supporting technical issues for the European global navigation satellite system Galileo, at a satellite level and payload level, providing signal performance assessment point of view and performing system performance engineering and performance analysis tasks.
  • Guidance, Navigation and Control specialisms in the GNC Test Facilities, working with development of innovative technologies for vision-based navigation and precision planetary landing. An example being the PILOT mission, a collaborative effort with the Russian space agency to provide a navigation system for precision landing and hazard avoidance to the Luna-27 moon lander. 
  • Technical Authoring and System Engineering in the state-of-the-art ESA Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) – allowing ESA to check the feasibility of future space missions in a short timescale.
  • A variety of specialists working in the Directorate of Technical Engineering and Quality, in everything from materials to microwaves, antennae to components, and Product Assurance to Optoelectronics.
  • Software engineering roles such as in the Cosmos web portal team, supporting all missions and studies in the Science directorate, and Visualisation (Virtual and Augmented reality) activities for simulation systems.


Telespazio UK in Spain

The European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), based at Villanueva de la Cañada, near Madrid in Spain, hosts the Science Operations Centres (SOCs) for ESA’s astronomy/astrophysics and planetary missions, along with their scientific archives. Through the SOCs, archives and other activities, ESAC provides services to astronomical research projects worldwide.

Telespazio UK has numerous engineers and scientists working in many different areas at ESAC. We support major current astronomy and astrophysics missions such as Gaia and XMM, by developing software, calibrating the instrumentation and interpreting the scientific data. Our staff also work on the development and operations of the SOCs for a number of current and upcoming planetary and solar system probes including Mars Express, Bepi Colombo (Mercury), Solar Orbiter and JUICE (the Jupiter system).

For these (in different measures for each), we participate in the design and building of all the interfaces, software systems and procedures needed for operations, extensive testing of these systems (and of externally provided systems), monitoring the status and health of the probes, and planning the in-orbit observing schedules. We often play an important role in processing the data which results from the execution of the plans, and we take a leading role in making all the data available for the scientific community via online archives, and by a sophisticated infrastructure known as the Virtual Observatory.

In addition to the work performed by our staff for ESA's Science Directorate at ESAC, Telespazio UK employees also contribute to the SMOS earth observation project which is run from the site.

Telespazio UK has a long record of working at ESAC, starting from development and operation of the Infrared Space Observatory in the mid-1990s and including various important scientific spacecraft no longer operating, such as Herschel, Planck, Rosetta and Venus Express.

ESAC is the hub of Europe’s space research, and Telespazio UK staff have the luxury of getting sight of new data taken by some of the world’s most advanced space telescopes and probes. The site in Madrid is fairly small and retains an intimate, friendly atmosphere which makes for a pleasant and stimulating working environment with a number of extra-vocational activities, sports and clubs.