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Astrobotic Technology is seeking a Senior Electrical Engineer to serve as the lead engineer to our Avionics subsystem team. You will be responsible for assisting in the technical aspects of design, fabrication, and testing of hardware avionics or electronics components for various spacecraft subsystems. Experience in embedded system, FPGAs, and fast prototyping avionics systems is required. Technical reporting skills needed for delivering reports and presentations at the aerospace industry level.

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world. The company’s suite of lunar landers delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals. The company is also developing advanced space robotics capabilities such as terrain relative navigation, mobile robotics for lunar surface operations, and reliable computing systems for mission-critical applications. Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 by William “Red” Whittaker, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining. Astrobotic is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Astrobotic was selected by NASA in May 2019 for a $79.5 million contract to deliver a suite of NASA instruments to the Moon. This mission will see the Peregrine lunar lander return America to the Moon with 22 payloads representing 5 countries.

In June 2020, Astrobotic was selected for a $199.5 million contract to deliver the NASA VIPER rover to the lunar south pole onboard the Griffin lunar lander. This mission will enable NASA’s objective to map water ice on the lunar surface, which in turn supports NASA’s plans for crewed missions in 2024. As part of Astrobotic’s Planetary Landers Team, you will literally be creating history as we define the benchmark for commercial delivery of payloads to the Moon and beyond.

Responsibilities Include:

  • The development of flight hardware avionics, including computing, signal conditioning, control electronics, filtering, data acquisition, and command & data handling (C&DH)
  • Providing technical and programmatic guidance to internal avionics team members (employees, subcontractors, consultants) and partner support personnel
  • Performing trade studies for the electrical and avionics systems
  • Analyzing and verifying different operating modes of the spacecraft by designing, fabricating, and testing integrated avionics systems
  • Utilizing partners and suppliers to identify and implement cost-effective, technically optimal solutions
  • Researching and selecting components from various external vendors by verifying that the components meet the mission needs
  • Testing of fabricated PCBs or integrated avionics systems
  • Developing test scripts or simulations for testing integrated systems
  • Participating in environmental tests of engineering design units
  • Participating in qualification tests of flight design units
  • Communicating payload technical needs with avionics and power systems
  • Delivering technical reports of tests and advancements in avionics and power systems
  • Performing in-the-loop tests for selected hardware components

Required Qualifications:

  • Systems engineering (SE) experience for controlling requirements, risks, and integration flow
  • Project management (PM) experience for managing schedule of development and avionics resources.
  • Schematic and board design proficiency using software like Altium, Eagle, OrCAD, or similar
  • Rapid prototype development skills
  • Strong debugging skills
  • Capable of programming embedded systems
  • Capable of programming FPGAs, microcontrollers, computer processors, graphic processors, or similar
  • Digital, analog, and signal conditioning design skills
  • Extensive knowledge in integrated systems technologies
  • Ability to develop modeling tests for power or avionics systems
  • Capable of utilizing computer aided design (CAD) tools to develop avionics systems
  • Extensive experience of NASA-STD 8739, AIAA-S122-2007, MIL-HDBK-454B, or similar
  • Extensive experience of NASA-STD 4001 and NASA-STD 4003 or similar
  • Self-starter
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Good communication and technical writing skills
  • Highly proficient with MSOffice tools
  • Basic systems engineering management skills
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in electronics hardware development
  • B.S. in Electrical or Computer Engineering

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in developing spacecraft electronics systems for a Class D unmanned spacecraft or similar
  • Knowledgeable of Range Safety and Ground Safety electronics compliance
  • Capable of developing flight software for integrated systems
  • Knowledge of space environmental tests
  • Knowledge of CPU design
  • Knowledge of propulsion driver controller
  • Knowledge of modeling power system components
  • Experience with testing for MIL-STD 461F or similar
  • Ability to program and analyze in engineering tools like MATLAB
  • M.S. in Electrical or Computer Engineering

Tagged as: FPGA, Matlab, microcontrollers, hardware development, mil-std 461f, computer processors, graphic processors, nasa-std 8739, aiaa-s122-2007, mil-hdbk-454b

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