Job Details

Requisition Number 19-0121
Post Date 9/27/2019
Title Systems Engineer/Flight Dynamics Analyst
City Lanham
State MD

a.i. solutions is seeking a focused individual to be a member of the Earth Orbiting System Flight Dynamics Team for the Aqua, Aura, and Terra missions, part of the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Earth Science Mission Operations project, or other NASA or DoD low Earth orbiting spacecraft. Potential future roles include JPSS, GOES-T, Landsat-9, MMS, or commercial flight dynamics customers. The successful candidate will be a member of an up-tempo, high-performing team. The successful candidate must demonstrate a knowledge and passion for orbital mechanics and have a strong desire to fly spacecraft. He or she will balance spacecraft flight dynamics analyses and real-time mission support while also interfacing with the customer and maintaining the team’s progress along its schedule. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, a firm understanding of the physics and math of spaceflight, computer savvy, a talent for leadership and the ability to see system-wide connections. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to embrace the a.i. solutions mission and work to continually exceed the expectations of our customers.

Essential Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Provide flight dynamics support for multiple spacecraft, including trajectory analysis, maneuver planning and performance analysis, or attitude determination
  • Perform satellite life cycle requirements development (including requirements for constellation management), propulsion analysis and sizing, fuel budgets, long-term station-keeping requirements development, deorbit requirements/plan
  • Perform routine and real-time mission support, including flight product generation and distribution
  • Interface with other spacecraft flight operations team members for maneuver planning activities, collaborative analysis or spacecraft anomaly resolution
  • Consider and evaluate multiple approaches to solving complex trajectory-related problems, and perform trade-off analyses of feasible options
  • Present analysis results to Customers, Mission Managers, Principle Investigators, international partners or other external entities
  • Document and communicate work to peers and customers through informal forums as well as formally in conference and journal publications
  • Research the latest progress in flight dynamics analysis, software and operations to grow our value to the customer
  • Provide systems engineering support including requirements definition, test plan development and software testing of flight dynamics system upgrades
  • Support the generation of technical engineering products by using the appropriate standards
  • Contribute to the achievement of business objectives
  • Travel up to twice a year, 2-5 days in a duration

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related discipline
  • Experience with various flight dynamics software and scripting languages including FreeFlyer, Matlab, Python, and Perl
  • Experience with astrodynamics, orbit estimation, spacecraft navigation, maneuver planning, and/or on-orbit satellite mission support 
  • U.S. citizenship

Desired Skills:

  • Ability to quickly connect in-person and in writing, and to actively listen and perceive the needs, values or opinions of others
  • Comfortable with communication and daily direct customer interaction
  • Satellite operations experience
  • Experience with technical writing
  • Demonstrated leadership accomplishments professionally and personally
  • Proactivity in identifying and addressing challenges to include innovations that result in positive organizational impact

EEO/AA including Vets and Disabled


    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. We are also an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.

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