GNC Engineer – Mission Design

  • Full Time
  • AEROSPACE
  • NEW ZEALAND
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
  • You may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality.

Company Details

Rocket Lab is redefining how we access SPACE. The satellites of today are getting smaller, doing more and costing less � and thousands of them need to get on orbit. Small satellites have been promised frequent, reliable and affordable dedicated launch for decades. Rocket Lab is delivering on this with a tailored, responsive launch service operating right now.

About Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space, and that access is now a reality thanks to Rocket Lab. Our team is 500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action-oriented.

While other companies talk about it, we do it!

Your mission

Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch, but we’re not stopping there. Our world-leading team is growing as we take on exciting new programs, including our own satellite manufacturing division and a mission to the Moon for NASA. The future at Rocket Lab is bright, and we’re on the hunt for a GNC Engineer who will be responsible, along with the GNC Manager and team members, for general mission design including trajectory optimization, orbital design, auto sequence planning & design, Monte Carlo analysis and any other mission design, verification and validation tasks as required.

Essential skills

  • Master’s degree or higher in Aerospace, Mechatronics or equivalent qualification
  • A thorough fundamental understanding of 3DOF rocket dynamics
  • A thorough fundamental understanding of orbital mechanics
  • Experience with optimisation for launch vehicle or spacecraft missions

Desirable

  • Experience with GMAT or STK
  • Experience with software development in Python or MATLAB
  • Experience in development/implementation of a basic 3DOF propagator for LEO, lunar or interplanetary trajectories from fundamental equations of motion

As well as a being a career-defining role, working at Rocket Lab means being part of meaningful projects with world-leading experts.

Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference.

We get things done. Our team is nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented. While other companies talk about it, we do it. This means projects get the green light faster and ideas are put into practice rapidly.

Everyone works on the big stuff. This isn’t a huge aerospace company where you get lost in bureaucracy and end up a tiny cog in a giant machine. At Rocket Lab, your work directly impacts the success of each mission. Everyone’s voice is heard, and everyone can contribute major projects. This is your chance to play a pivotal role in developing space systems that change the way we access space.

Important Information

For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant.  These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States’ International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality.

JOB REF: 3169288

Tagged as: Matlab, python, STK, gmat, orbital mechanics, optimisation, 3dof rocket dynamics, 3dof propagator

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