Mission Planner / Orbital Analyst - TS/SCI Clearance (Space/Satellite Systems)Colorado Springs, CO

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Mission Planner / Orbital Analyst (Satellite Systems Engineer/Principal Satellite Systems Engineer)

Essential Functions:

This position is for a full-time technical role in Colorado Springs, CO (100% on site). The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Provide mission operations support to Satellite programs including mission planning and orbit analysis.

  • Support activities such as astrodynamics analytical support, data trending, operational product updates, and performance analyses

  • Work with systems engineers to conduct anomaly review board investigations as necessary.

  • Take an active role in shaping the basis of how to execute planning of on orbit operations.

  • Develop and test updates to the mission planning tool.

  • Support operations readiness activities including configuration control board and other customer meetings

  • Support operations, including shift work which will include 12 hour and night shifts

  • Provide regular and emergency mission plan updates/products for upload to the spacecraft

  • Provide mission planning expertise to ensure spacecraft/payload and ground system health and status

  • Make modifications to existing operations procedures to incorporate lessons learned from in-flight performance. Develop new procedures as required.

  • Supporting 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

  • Having an extensive comprehension of different astrodynamics coordinate frames such as ECI and RIC

  • Perform demonstrations and conduct briefings explaining how to utilize mission systems to accomplish task-based objectives

  • Performing quantitative risk analysis

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

  • Provide status reporting through both the functional and program reporting branches.

  • Maintain standards associated with the established Integrated/Developmental Operations functional group processes.

  • Support internal and external customer meetings through proficient verbal and documented (MS PowerPoint, MS Word, MS Excel) communications.

  • May require travel ~ 10% of the time for support of customer or backup mission operations center.

This position may be hired as an Engineer (level 2) or Principal Engineer (level 3) depending on experience and qualifications.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering or related STEM discipline

  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience experience (level 2) or 5 years of relevant experience (level 3)

  • U.S. citizen

  • Active or current TS/SCI U.S. Government Security Clearance required

  • Ability to work within a group of diversified individuals with varying backgrounds to achieve mission success.

  • Strong technical background in orbital mechanics/astrodynamics

  • Knowledge and experience in satellite operations engineering disciplines to include attitude control, power management, thermal control, propulsion, command and data handling, flight and ground software, and anomaly determination and resolution

  • Conduct a range of modeling, simulation and analysis in orbital maneuvers, orbit estimation

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

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

  • Experience writing technical documents for external customers

  • Outstanding verbal and written communications skills, including ability to make persuasive presentations to external customers at milestone reviews

  • Be able to make decisions under high pressure environments and maintain composure in stressful situations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Leadership experience within a diverse team of engineers/operators

  • Ability to task and manage a group of diversified individuals with varying backgrounds to achieve mission success.

  • Experience working on government systems and/or government process environment

  • Experience with at least one S/C Subsystem (ADCS, CDH, COMM, EPDS, Thermal, FSW).

  • 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

  • Background/fundamental understand of performing statistical analysis

  • Experience operating Tactical Space Systems bus product lines is strongly desired.

  • Experience using Tactical Space Systems ground software products is strongly desired.

Salary Range: $79,000 - $108,000

Salary Range 2: $97,000 - $136,000

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.