ACS Staff Engineer

Palo Alto, CA
Added: February 9, 2024
Maxar Space Systems is a leading provider of comprehensive space technologies. We deliver innovative solutions to government and commercial customers helping them unlock the promise of space to solve problems on Earth and beyond. We address a broad spectrum of needs for our customers, including mission systems engineering, product design, spacecraft manufacturing, assembly, integration and testing. Maxar Space Systems is a trusted partner in commercial and government missions, combining more than 60 years of deep mission understanding with reliable performance and longevity.

Maxar is currently seeking a candidate who can apply their knowledge and experience to the development of Attitude and Controls Systems (ACS) for cutting edge low Earth orbit solutions, complex geosynchronous communications satellites, and beyond Earth science missions to join our Space Systems team in Palo Alto, CA. This candidate will be involved in a new development project.

The ideal candidate has experience in applying the systems engineering discipline to complex systems and is familiar with ACS methods, hardware components, and their practical applications.


Design, analysis, and verification of satellite attitude control systems (ACS)

Coordinate implementation of ACS related FDIR (Failure Detection, Isolation, and Recovery) systems

Develop and flow down system and test requirements to flight software, unit design, production, and operations engineers

Support cross-functional teams to implement and test control topologies and ACS flight software. Support Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) team tasks

Support cross-functional teams to develop and qualify new ACS sensors and actuators

Foreign and domestic travel ~4 times a year may be required

Minimum Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physics, or a related discipline

A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience. (A Master's degree may count as 2 years of experience.)

Experience in dynamics, feedback control systems, spacecraft attitude control methods, or orbital mechanics

Experience executing the systems engineering discipline, with focus on requirements generation, evaluation, decomposition, synthesis, and flow down

Experience leading cross functional teams

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in guidance, navigation & control systems for spacecraft attitude control

Experience in GPS systems and hardware

Experience in Mission Operations

Expertise in executing the systems engineering discipline, with focus on requirements generation, evaluation, decomposition, synthesis, and flow down

Maxar Technologies values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.