Mission Planner 2

Posted 07 September 2022
Location Albuquerque, United States of America
Job type Contract

Job Description

Mission Planner 2

Location: Albuquerque, NM


Seeking a Mission Planner to be a member of a cross-discipline specialist engineering team located in Albuquerque, NM responsible for astrodynamics analytical support, system problem/anomaly resolution support, data trending, operational product updates, and performance analyses. The team also provides program expertise on engineering subsystems and maintains a baseline of operational products for a complex system. The candidate will have an active role in shaping the basis of how to execute planning and operations. The candidate should be a self-starter who has a passion for space and wants to be part of a team who shares that passion.

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Support on-orbit operations throughout the flight demonstration phase

  • Review/approve mission plans for flight safety

  • Monitor and asses delta-V maneuvers and provide post-burn analysis (orbit position, delta-V expended, fuel budgets, burn execution – planned vs. executed, etc.)

  • Review/approve daily mission command activities for vehicle safety and mission objectives.

  • Generate daily OD files for system state knowledge

  • Investigation and diagnosis of unexpected system signatures

  • Support the coordination and execution of system maintenance tasks and coordinating across multiple contractor organizations including customer and external system partners to diligently accomplish all tasks

  • Provide 24x7on-call support to lead the resolution of system issues and anomalies. May involve periodic rotating crew shifts supporting 24x7 operations to maintain proficiency.

  • Candidate must be self-motivated, able to work in a dynamic team environment and work under general direction while independently determining and developing approaches to solutions


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) and 2 years' experience in an engineering field and/or space operations. Degree requirement can be waived with additional experience with operational space environment

  • Ability to conduct a range of modeling, simulation and analysis of orbital maneuvers and/or orbit estimation

  • Strong technical background in orbital mechanics/astrodynamics

  • Familiar with a variety of astrodynamics tools (System Tool Kit (STK), FreeFlyer, NASA General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT), Orbit Determination Toolbox (ODTBX))

  • Must possess and be able to maintain a current DoD Top Secret clearance with SCI

  • Experience with developing and presenting briefing slides to senior leaders and executive level personnel

  • Ability to work odd and/or extended hours covering a 24/7 period and periodic rotating shifts

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in one or more of the following technical disciplines: orbital propagation and perturbations, orbit estimation, orbital maneuvers, modeling and simulation and analysis

  • Ability to develop and maintain operational procedures, products and training materials

  • Previous experience with troubleshooting, anomaly resolution and performing analysis on operational systems

  • Support mission simulation, scripting, and verification activities.

  • Proficiency with one or more of the following programming languages/tools: MATLAB, Python, SIMULINK, Fortran, Java, C/ C++

  • Experience with rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO) or formation flight

  • Experience with optimization techniques and their application to trajectory optimization and/or multi-objective optimization

  • Prior aerospace-related work experience for a U.S Government Agency or Contractor