Guidance, Navigation & Control Simulation Engineer

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Humanity’s next step off the planet starts here

OVERVIEW: Axiom Space is the commercial leader in human spaceflight and on-orbit research & manufacturing services, steered by a team of experts and guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. Axiom provides unprecedented access to the International Space Station today while building and operating its successor – the world’s first international commercial space station – to improve life on Earth and foster possibilities beyond it.  Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic Guidance, Navigation and Controls Simulation Engineer  who is preoccupied with big questions: Where do we go from here? What are the limits of innovation and exploration? How do we continue to evolve as a species?

Summary:  This position will work on-site at our headquarters in Houston, Texas where the Guidance, Navigation & Control Simulation Engineer will work in a collaborative engineering team environment of design and analysis support for guidance, navigation and control for space vehicles.


  • Work in a collaborative engineering team environment to produce GNC systems for a commercial human spaceflight module
  • Responsible for design, development, testing, certification, and operation of human-rated commercial spacecraft GNC system
  • Specifically, responsible for developing 6DOF physics-based simulation of spacecraft dynamics and GN&C software.
  • Perform simulation analysis of GN&C operations including on-orbit maneuvers, translations, and orbital rendezvous and proximity operations
  • Develop simulations with capability to incorporate flight software and hardware in the loop
  • Perform trade studies for technical solutions
  • Support development of guidance algorithms, navigation algorithms and other GN&C design elements

QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience: 

  • B.S. in Engineering, Math or Science required (graduate degree a plus) with 15+ years of related engineering experience
  • Experience with simulation and modeling with GN&C development that may include…6DOF Trajectory Design, Monte Carlo analysis, Phase controllers, PID controllers, IMU/S, GPS, Star Trackers, Optical navigation, Guidance techniques, Relative Navigation techniques, C++ Programing, Trick, Chronos simulation, and integrated performance analysis


  • Demonstrable mastery/success designing, developing, testing, and verifying 6DOF flight simulations
  • Demonstrated experience with real-time simulation, including simulations running flight software or flight hardware in the loop
  • Oral and written communication skills

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ethics – Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values
  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
  • Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization’s goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity
  • Communications – Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods
  • Cost Consciousness – Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources
  • Teamwork – Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic and deadline-oriented environment

Axiom Space is considered an essential employer under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.  Unless a reasonable accommodation is required due to a disability, all new hires will be required to work on site.

Axiom Space is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  Axiom Space does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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