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Ground Network Engineer



Farnborough, UK
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024
Product R&D · Farnborough · Hybrid Remote

Ground Network Engineer

Welcome to AALTO, where we're blazing a trail to an extraordinary future! We're not just rewriting the rulebook; we're defining what is possible from the skis itself by, propelling HAPS technology to stratospheric heights.

Imagine an aircraft soaring at 60,000 feet, powered by sunlight and flying for months above traditional air traffic. That's us, AALTO’s Zephyr, the unrivalled pioneers of High-Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) technology. But that's just the beginning! We're on the verge of becoming the global leader in HAPS Connectivity as a Service (CaaS), connecting diverse needs in the Mobile and Satellite Network Operator market. We connect the various demands of our customers, whether it's for rural connectivity, overlay capacity, disaster recovery, or new service provision. Plus, we're opening doors
in revolutionizing Earth observation, tracking, and communications, while operating a carbon-neutral Zephyr HAPS fleet.

Join us in this exciting journey at AALTO. You won't just be part of a team; you'll be part of an eclectic, passionate group of visionaries shaping the future and pushing boundaries in the stratosphere. Ready to rewrite history with us? AALTO is not just creating an aircraft; we're shaping a future of boundless possibilities.

Job purpose:

To support the Zephyr Ground Network Manager to enable the design, build and maintenance of the Zephyr Ground Stations. A Zephyr Ground Network Engineer is a key role in the operation and maintenance of the Ground Stations that control the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Role and Responsibilities:
Responsible for designing, implementing and testing the network and telecoms infrastructure and systems of the Zephyr Ground Stations, including:
o Ethernet inc VLANs (Local, Wired)
o External Connectivity (WANs, etc)
o Firewalls
o VPN, IPSec
o All network and telecoms systems/equipment hosted on site
o Telecoms including VOIP telephony
- Determine, and review requirements across many areas including, functional, environmental, Human Machine Interface, Safety and Security.
- Oversee the development of ground control station and pilot interfaces.
- Integration of ground stations (hardware and software components) systems into the Zephyr system.
- Test ground networks to ensure compliance with the stated requirements.

Required skills:

- Experience with cybersecurity, IP/switching and protocols that connect Ground Stations to other user networks.
- Prior knowledge of the Juniper and Fortinet networking environments.
- Knowledge of the design, delivery and implementation of aircraft ground systems and their integration with other uncrewed air systems and sub systems.
- Knowledge and understanding of technologies relevant to stratospheric unmanned systems.
- Experience in the development of or maintenance of systems for the GCS for UAVs.
- Experience with SATCOM, LTE, and BVLOS/VLOS communication systems.
- Familiarity with software development methodologies and tools, such as Agile, Scrum, Git.
- Knowledge of standards and regulations related to aviation operations. Mainly RTCA DO-178, DO-254, DO-278.

Highly Desirable Skills:

- Visibility of a ground based UAS sub-system through a complete design cycle.
- Previous experience of system delivery in accordance with the regulatory and quality
- Previous experience with Design Assurance Levels.
- Experience with:
o Juniper
o Fortinet
o Windows Server 2022
o VOIP Systems

    In addition to salary, we offer:

    • Rewarding Excellence: Benefit from our short-term incentive plan that rewards your hard work and dedication.
    • Enjoy Your Time Off: Benefit from 25 days of holiday to relax and recharge.
    • Stay Healthy: We’ve got your health covered with private medical insurance, along with dental and optical cash back.
    • Secure Your Future: Take advantage of our personal pension plan to ensure a comfortable retirement.
    • Peace of Mind: Our income protection and life assurance schemes are there to support you when you need it most.
    • We Care About You: Our employee assistance programme is always available to provide the support you need.
    • Perks Galore: Enjoy a range of employee discounts via Perkbox, because you deserve a treat!
    • Go Green: Join our cycle to work scheme or take advantage of our car salary sacrifice scheme. It’s all about making your commute easier and more sustainable


    Product R&D
    Remote status
    Hybrid Remote
    Contact Carla Monteiro

    About AALTO

    At AALTO, we offer an exceptional work environment that values your well-being and rewards your dedication. As part of our team, you'll experience the freedom of flexible working that enable you to achieve a healthy work-life balance. We believe in recognizing your hard work and commitment, which is why we provide a fantastic bonus scheme that rewards your contributions. Additionally, we understand the importance of financial security and support your future with a competitive pension plan. When you join us, you become part of a workplace that not only encourages your professional growth but also cares about your personal fulfilment and financial stability.

    AALTO HAPS Ltd. is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.

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