A member of the SSC Group
Space Engineering and Scientific Services
22 Years of Experience
Aurora is firmly established within the Space industry as a support company
providing a high level of service in the provision of engineering and scientific services.
Since 2010 Aurora is owned by LSE Space which complements and increases our ability to provide solutions.
Aurora successfully supplies engineering and scientific support services in Holland and Spain
whereas LSE is a leading supplier of Operations Engineering services to ESOC and GSOC in Germany.
Together we employ:
Engineers, Scientists and high level Administration staffWho can provide solutions and services for design, development and operations of spacecraft, payload and ground segments.
The employees are our key resource and we support them in order to progress their careers successfully.
We employ individuals with a high level of qualification and motivation who are also flexible in order to meet the challenges of the tasks to be performed.
Aurora encourage all staff to remain at the leading edge of the skills curve via a continuous training and education programme and combine this with a generous remuneration package.
Regular staff dialogues and feedback on ongoing assignments are part of the culture.
Aurora's strategy is to be as effective and sustainable as possible by:
- Developing good long term relationships with clients who offer challenging work
- Providing staff with interesting work within their capabilities
- Development, training, involvement and motivation of personnel, Aurora's most important resource
- Effective organisation with clear communications
Aurora and LSE are part of the
Swedish Space Corporation
SSC has a multinational team of over 500 staff with more than 25 different nationalities.
All experience the adventure of working and living in an international environment.
The exposure to different cultural values and different societies means that the awareness and tolerance within the team is enhanced.
Becoming culturally intelligent is a key requirement for the success of our business in a professional as well as social context.
Aurora has contributed to many key projects and missions for the European Space Agency.
We provide a broad range of support in the following areas:
Science & Operations
Support to Scientific Missions and Science Operations
Aurora contributed and contributes to the success of several scientific missions providing its engineers and scientists for both Development support and Operations.
Supporting the Science Operations Team in ESAC. Science mission planning and in particular Medium Term Planning. Liason scientist to several instruments. Trajectory design.
Since 2006, our experts support the calibration team, the Data Processing and Analysis Consortium and the computer support team.
Supporting the Project Scientist to monitor the development of the Beagle 2 Lander travelling to Mars in 2003. Assisting in verifying the operational system at ESAC. Performing Short Term Planning at ESAC.
Since 2007, providing scientific support to the mission, also to launch and operations.
Developing a level 1b telemetry processor and also providing scientific mission planning support.
Providing expertise to the specification and the development of the Herschel Science Operations Centre. Supporting both the uplink and downlink and continuing to provide IT expertise into the legacy phase of the mission.
Developing the software to support the capture and scheduling of the scientific observations. Supporting the definition of the interface between the ISOC and the Mission Operations Centre and the Acceptance Testing. Handing the Announcement of Opportunities, help desk and mission planning.
Contributing to various parts of the ground segment, including the science simulator, software specifications for the main science systems, Interface Control Documents and the Science Analysis System. Providing expert scientific support to operations at ESAC for XMM-Newton.
Support to Earth Observation Missions
Aurora contributed and contributes to the success of several Earth Observation Missions providing its engineers and scientists.
Since 2008 we have supported the Earth Observation Projects Department at ESTEC contributing with different key activities to several missions like:
Support to Cosmic Vision 2015 -2025 and the Mars Robotics Exploration Preparation (MREP) Programme
Aurora has both engineers and scientists supporting ESA's Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration.
We are contributing to the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 via various means as an integrated part of the Advanced Studies and Technology Preparation Division.
In that contest, Aurora had been supporting the Technology Reference Studies which provided a means to identify the types of technologies likely to be of relevance to the wide range of science missions of the future.
Our team assisted to the evaluation of the 50 mission concept proposals received and supported the preparation of the Cosmic Vision call for ideas by participating in CDF studies.
Exploration is another focus and we are also supporting the development of new technologies and system studies for future missions to Mars within the MREP programme with particular focus on the means to capture a sample without contaminating it to bring it back to Earth (Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission with 2022 and 2024 as expected launch windows).
Another aspect of our support is managing the overview of the technology status and organizing which technologies need to be progressed via the TechMAT tool that we developed.
We are also involved in monitoring ESA contracts with space research institutes and industry to further enhance the usability of technologies in space.