Orbital ATK Principal Aerospace Engineer in Dulles, Virginia

Principal Aerospace Engineer

Locations:Dulles, VA

Categories: Engineering and Sciences


Job Description

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Job ID:JEZ20181903-44522

Division Summary:

With projected annual revenues of nearly $4.5 billion, approximately 12,000 employees, Orbital ATK is a company on the move. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission — whether it’s a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch, or protecting our nation.

At Orbital ATK Control Systems Engineering Group we design and deliver space missions. Today our rapidly growing national security space business supports cutting-edge missions ranging from mission/concept studies to technology demonstration programs, to large-scale national programs. Our work spans the entire life cycle from early concept studies, design development, system integration/test, launch, and mission ops/sustainment.

If you’re looking for the next big step in your career, you’ve come to the right place. At Orbital ATK you can join a highly innovative and motivated a team that is making a direct impact in advancing the technology that is protecting our nation’s security.

Job Summary

Lead a team of GNC engineers to accomplish spacecraft attitude control systems analysis, test, design and/or development. Support Mission with GNC and systems requirements analysis and help understand requirements flow down to subsystems. Work with Systems Engineering and program management and understand mission level requirements and manage risks. Manage budget and schedule on special projects. Perform hardware trades and work with suppliers. Develop pointing and knowledge budgets. Participate in GNC subsystem design and software requirements review, preliminary and critical design reviews, integration readiness review and GNC design and software acceptance reviews. Design and develop complex GNC algorithm and software systems, including design, coding and testing. Develop orbit and attitude guidance laws and analyze them using traditional and Monte Carlo analysis method. Analyze and develop delta-v control systems. Analyze and design rendezvous and docking systems for close proximity (RPO) operations. Formulate and design GNC software system, using scientific analysis and mathematical models to predict and measure outcome and consequences of the design. Develop test plans in different test platforms in conjunction with Systems teams. Make frequent contacts with customers both internal and external concerning design and maintenance of GNC software. Represent the company in providing solutions to difficult technical problems associated with specific projects. Analyze GNC algorithm and software requirements to determine feasibility of design within time and cost constraints. Support proposal efforts and present GNC analysis, test and design of software. Coordinates installation of GNC algorithm and software system and the engineering configuration management software changes/development. Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Education and Experience

Top Secret Security Clearance required with a valid background investigation

Requires BS in Engineering & 7 years or Masters in Engineering & 5 years or PhD & 2 years.

Preferred candidate would possess:

  • Technical Leadership: Earned Value Management System, development of subsystem and software test plans, development and analysis of GNC requirements.

  • Programming: Matlab and Simulink, C/C++, Python

  • Requirement tools: Doors, Cradle

  • Control Systems Analysis: time and frequency domain techniques, linear and non-linear control design, covariance analysis, design and tuning Kalman filters for attitude determination and relative navigation.

  • Modeling: sensor models (star tracker, gyro, accel, GPS, magnetometer, sun sensors), actuators (reaction wheel, torque bar, thruster, CMG), equations of motion (rigid body, multi-body, orbit mechanics, flexible models, environmental disturbances), environment (time, eclipse, ECF and LVLH frames)

  • Experience with missions involved with rendezvous and proximity operations

Orbital ATK is applying entrepreneurial thinking and commercial practices to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable products and services to our customers and grow our core areas while harnessing new technologies that will take our products and your ideas into the future. When encouraged to think beyond the ordinary, you’ll be amazed at what you can do!

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

EOE AA M/F/VET/Disability

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Job Type:Full Time

Desired Travel:less than 25%

Years of Experience:5-8 Years