Northrop Grumman Orbit Analyst/Flight Dynamics Principal Engineer in Dulles, Virginia
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This Orbit Analyst/Flight Dynamics Engineer position is located in Dulles, VA. A large variety of satellite programs that span a broad range of orbit regimes are supported here. Examples include the fleet of GEOStar communications satellites, the Cygnus commercial resupply missions to the ISS, the OCO-2 and ICESat-2 Earth-observing missions for NASA, the Mission Extension Vehicles (MEV) that dock with aging GEO spacecraft, and the Human Landing System portion of the future U.S. lunar programs.
The Orbit Analyst/Flight Dynamics Engineer performs the following functions:
• Pre-mission astrodynamics analyses for satellites in various orbit regimes
• Analyses of satellite and constellation access, coverage, lifetime, and additional trade studies
• Launch window analysis
• Maneuver planning and optimization analyses
• Propellant budgeting analyses, on-orbit fuel requirements, and mission lifetime estimates
• Satellite rendezvous and proximity operations planning and analyses
• Orbit determinations to specify tracking system parameters, define the orbital state, and predict orbital events
• Concept of operations (ConOps) development. Position requires knowledge of spacecraft mission operations.
• Mission sequence of events definition
• Participation in mission rehearsals to simulate orbital analysis tasks performed in operations
• Operational support for orbit transfer and station keeping maneuvers
Additional duties may include requirements development, writing complex specifications, interface control documents, and engineering reports from advanced studies, special engineering investigations, and similar activities. May be called on to assist in New Business activities such as conceptual design and analysis for proposals and funded studies and may include authoring sections for both.
• Must have a B.S. in Engineering, Physics, or related field, plus 5 years of experience in satellite astrodynamics analyses (orbit determination, ephemeris generation, perturbation analysis, maneuver planning, and error analysis), mission planning and design.
• Experience with software systems, development environments, or programming languages is required.
• The candidate will work with cross-discipline team members and must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, presentation experience, and the ability to work with a diverse community of engineers and managers to achieve the goals of the program team.
• The candidate should possess strong computing skills with familiarity with Systems Tool Kit (STK), Matlab, Visual Basic, Java, C#, C/C++, or Fortran
• Understanding of issues in scientific and numerical computing and developing simulations of physical systems is an asset
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Job Category : Engineering