GNC Engineer

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Xplore’s Guidance, Navigation, and Controls (GNC) Engineer will develop algorithms, simulations, and flight software to ensure the spacecraft can perform its mission accurately and reliably. This position requires a strong background in astrodynamics, estimation theory, and stability analysis. A successful candidate will be able to work autonomously and adapt quickly to changing design requirements.


  • Performing cislunar trajectory design and optimization.
  • Working with team members to design guidance and control algorithms.
  • Assessing stability of nonlinear controllers.
  • Testing and developing autonomous cislunar navigation systems.
  • Developing high fidelity 6 degree of freedom simulations, and conducting Monte Carlo analysis.
  • Writing and testing flight software applications in C++.
  • Conducting make/buy decisions on critical hardware.
  • Supporting the mission operations team on critical decision.


  • Master’s degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or related fields.
  • Experience in cislunar trajectory design.
  • Experience with nonlinear controls.
  • Experience with spacecraft attitude determination and control.
  • Strong software skills in C, C++, and/or Python.
  • Creative self-starter attitude and ability to work in an agile environment with minimal direction.


  • PhD in aerospace engineering, or Master’s degree with 4+ years of experience in relevant fields.
  • Authored journal papers in relevant fields
  • Demonstrated experience on successful flight programs in industry or academia
  • 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.
  • Strong understanding of circular-restricted three-body problem


  • Health Care Plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)
  • Stock Option Plan

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