GROUND SEGMENT OPERATIONS ENGINEER, OPTICAL

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GROUND SEGMENT OPERATIONS ENGINEER, OPTICAL

The SpaceX Ground Segment team is responsible for supporting a wide array of communications needs. They support and deploy our worldwide network of ground stations, own all launch site and recovery RF communications and optical tracking, and facilitate all Starlink Telemetry, Tracking, and Control (TT&C). For all real-time operations of Falcon, Dragon, and Starship, the team facilitates NASA flight operations interfaces and network integration, as well as operational voice, mission control video, and communications readiness testing.

The ideal candidate will be flexible, possess broad skills across networking, operations, and communications, and flourish in a fast-paced and challenging environment. You should be a self-starter that is able to take initiative and approach traditional problems in novel ways.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist in the development of highly reliable and automated imaging and tracking interfaces using a variety of both commercial and SpaceX built hardware
  • Responsible for full project life-cycle management of optical, video, and tracking systems
  • Perform real-time operations according to timeline, procedures, and flight rules
  • Develop requirements, engineer, and manage all phases of a project including design, implementation and support, including extensive troubleshooting of the systems
  • Coach junior support resources
  • Perform site maintenance and make upgrades and changes to existing systems
  • Perform pre and post mission analyses
  • Assist in the development of highly intuitive and automated operational interfaces for a variety of both commercial and SpaceX-built hardware
  • Perform trade studies to define system requirements and optimizations
  • Work closely with internal SpaceX departments such as Avionics, Mission Management, GNC, Media teams and launch site communication, and IT support

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace, or other engineering disciplines
  • Real time operations experience on a system that has high consequences in the event of failure (such as pilot, flight test engineer, spacecraft operator, high performance automotive, etc.)
  • 3+ years of project or industry experience with optical cameras, telescopes, and mounts (ideally for object tracking)

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience with pointing and tracking systems including system design, hardware, and operations
  • Free-space optical communications experience
  • Knowledge of atmospheric turbulence
  • Astronomical observations/photography experience
  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership, communications, and the ability to be a self-starter with a high level of autonomy
  • Ability to work with other departments/agencies; this role has a high degree of interaction with highly skilled technicians/engineers and customer coordination
  • Experience working with and organizing technical data with strong attention to detail
  • Experience developing imaging requirements and other engineering calculations related to system specification and design
  • Manipulation and use of tracking and orbit determination files, formats, and tools
  • Experience with digital imaging sensors, cameras, and interfaces
  • Experience with HD and 4K video systems and hardware

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to travel as required to common destinations including South Texas (SpaceX Starship Site), Cape Canaveral (SpaceX East Coast Launch Site), and Vandenberg (SpaceX West Coast Launch Site)
  • Must be willing to support extended hours and weekends when necessary to support launch and critical project timelines
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 35 lbs. unassisted
  • Lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position
  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg

Tagged as: cameras, astronomical observations, igital imaging sensors, engineering calculations, atmospheric turbulence, post mission analysis

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