Navigation Systems Engineer

Westminster, CO
Added: February 9, 2024
Maxar Intelligence is a provider of secure, precise, geospatial intelligence. We deliver disruptive value to government and commercial customers to help them monitor, understand and navigate our changing planet. Our unique approach combines decades of deep mission understanding and a proven commercial and defense foundation to deploy solutions and deliver insights with unrivaled speed, scale and cost effectiveness. Maxar is currently seeking a Navigation Systems Engineer to join our Navigation Systems team in Westminster, CO.

Navigation Systems team members are responsible for orbit determination, orbit prediction, orbit maintenance, and collision avoidance operations and associated software development for Maxar's Earth Intelligence spacecraft constellation. Navigations Systems team members also support orbit design, development, integration, and testing of Maxar's next generation spacecraft. As a Navigation Systems Engineer, you will work as part of larger multi-disciplinary teams that include spacecraft system engineers, ground system engineers, software engineers and spacecraft operations teams.

What You Will Do:

Support the Navigation Systems team in the execution of spacecraft navigation operations, mission design, analyses, system development, and documentation.

Derive and test spacecraft navigation algorithms for improved accuracy, speed, optimization, and spacecraft safety.

Perform analyses to quantify operational performance metrics.

Develop spacecraft navigation software in a cloud-based, service architecture.

Execute predicted orbit maintenance scenarios to maintain constellation orbits and spacecraft safety.

Perform spacecraft navigation tasks in support of launch and early operations for next generation earth observation spacecraft constellation.

Write technical documents to capture procedures and results.

Communicate spacecraft navigation status and analyses results across broader organization and space operator community.

Minimum Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen and be able to obtain a U.S. government security clearance

Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, physics, or related field. Four additional years of experience may be substituted for a degree

Minimum of 5 years of experience in orbital mechanics, statistical estimation, and associated spacecraft navigation software development

Ability and willingness to support spacecraft operations during off-nominal hours

Preferred Qualifications:

M.S. or PhD in aerospace engineering or related technical field

Strong and innovative computer language skills

Experience with Unix/Linux, Python, and GitHub

Excellent written & oral communication

Proven ability to work cross-functionally with both technical and non-technical groups

Superb problem-solving, root cause identification, Verification and Validation (V&V) skillsets

Strong background in Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) theory, algorithms, toolkits, automation, research, and/or applications

Experience in Spacecraft Trajectory Optimization and/or NASA's General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT)

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.