Senior GNC Engineer – Spacecraft

Company Details

We’re on a mission to improve life on Earth from space.

Astra’s mission is to improve life on Earth from space by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Astra delivered its first commercial payload into Earth orbit in 2021, making it the fastest company in history to reach this milestone, just five years after being founded in 2016.

By achieving monthly, weekly, then daily launches, we’ll create the infrastructure services our customers need in space to build a healthier and more connected planet. If you’re excited by a sense of possibility, the chance to innovate, and make a difference here on Earth, we think you should work here too.

The Opportunity

As a Senior GNC Engineer – Spacecraft, you will be part of the small team that develops the control, estimation, and guidance algorithms that fly our spacecraft.  You’ll be deeply involved in all aspects of GNC and will also work closely with all teams to ensure that the spacecraft is designed and tested to operate for a multi-year mission in LEO.

How You’ll Fulfill Your Mission   

  • Develop: create requirements, GNC algorithms, simulation models, and trajectories
  • Test: build out test automation across all environments, including Simulink simulation, hardware-in-the-loop, flatsat, and with integrated vehicles
  • Partner: work with other teams to define critical interfaces, specify component/system requirements, and contribute to decisions that shape future spacecraft
  • Fly: support operations mission control and fulfill GNC responsibilities during the mission
  • Analyze: use ground test and flight data to verify system performance and improve the fidelity of the simulation
  • Ownership: end-to-end responsibility for large aspects of the GNC system

Why We Value You 

  • You have 5+ years of experience in aerospace vehicle GNC development and simulation, including some time with spacecraft in LEO
  • You have an advanced degree in engineering, physics, mathematics or equivalent
  • You have experience with Simulink
  • You possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to articulate ideas, give technical feedback, and mentor team members
  • You’re excited to work in a fast-paced, self-driven, iterative startup environment, and to build the systems that enable spacecraft operating in orbit

Tagged as: LEO, hardware-in-the-loop, gnc system , simulink simulation, flatsat

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