Sr. GNC Satellite Attitude Determination & Control Engineer

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MAKING HUMANITY MULTIPLANETARY.

As a Sr. GNC Satellite Attitude Determination & Control Engineer, you will be responsible for pushing the technical boundaries of our satellites. You will work with a talented team of accomplished engineers to develop, analyze, and test satellites and subsystems for highly reliable flight. You should thrive in fast-paced, dynamic environments where you adapt quickly and love to solve hard problems.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Design and analysis of satellite attitude determination and control systems.
  • ADCS hardware performance specification including reaction wheel and torque rod sizing, sensor noise and performance characteristics, redundancy and fault management.
  • Develop high fidelity 6 degree of freedom single and multi-vehicle simulation using C++.
  • Implement closed loop pointing, orbit raising, and station keeping algorithms.
  • Analyze platform stability to ensure low jitter of line-of-sight instruments.
  • Various first principles derived analyses.
  • Provide strong technical leadership and mentorship to junior engineers.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in physics or an engineering discipline.
  • 5+ years of professional experience in an engineering role.
  • Experience with satellite attitude determination and/or orbital mechanics.
  • Software development experience in C++ or Python.

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Master’s degree or PhD in physics or an engineering discipline.
  • 5+ years of professional experience in either satellite attitude determination and control or orbit raising and station keeping.
  • Experience with flexible body control, orbital maneuvering, filtering, fault management, software development, and navigation filtering.
  • Strong understanding of classical dynamics, orbital mechanics, modeling and simulation, and software development.
  • Cradle to grave development of three axis stabilized spacecraft incorporating momentum, magnetic, and propulsive control.
  • Low thrust trajectory optimization for orbital maneuvering.
  • Capable of identifying and solving complex problems with little to no supervision or direction.
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding start-up atmosphere.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be willing to travel.
  • Must be willing to work extended hours and weekends as needed complete major milestones.

Tagged as: C++, control systems, space-industry, orbital maneuvering, classical dynamics, adcs hardware, rod sizing, sensor noise, orbit raising, fault management, navigation filtering, spacecraft momentum

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