Flight Dynamics Engineer

Posted October 14th, 2020

Astroscale U.S. Inc. is currently seeking a Flight Dynamics Engineer to join our team in our Denver, Colorado location.

The Flight Dynamics Engineer will be a key contributor to the design, analysis, development, test and operation of our on-orbit service missions.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support modeling and simulation development and execution for various phases in the engineering design cycle.
  • Perform mission design, analysis and support using orbital dynamics tools such as STK.
  • Conduct flight dynamics analysis using tools such as MATLAB.
  • Develop tools for analyzing orbital control, co-location, orbital events prediction, momentum management and propellant lifetime estimation.
  • Perform detailed analysis of separation dynamics, orbit dynamics, trajectory analysis, and optimization studies across a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Work directly with multiple stakeholders to develop mission software requirements.
  • Develop the on-board satellite flight control system.
  • Create test plans and performing functional software testing and integration of software.
  • Contribute to analyses and training activities that inform ground system development and mission operations activities.
  • Perform operations support during the launch and early orbit period.
  • Provide expertise for any flight dynamics related activity to other stakeholders.
  • Document and communicate your work to peers and customers.
  • Continually research the latest progress in flight dynamics analysis, software, and operations to grow our capability, service offering and value to the customer.

Qualifications & Skills

  • A bachelor degree, masters degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution.
  • Experienced professional with greater than 10 years’ experience in astrodynamics, orbit estimation and control.
  • Broad and comprehensive knowledge of satellite missions, systems, and subsystems.
  • Well-founded understanding of orbital mechanics, trajectory simulation, optimization methodology, statistics, mass properties, and conceptual design.
  • Understanding of numerical analysis and software development, with demonstrated experience in modeling and simulation.
  • Knowledge of one or more scientific or engineering programming languages such as MATLAB, Simulink, Python, C, or C++.
  • Experience with on-orbit rendezvous and docking is preferred.
  • Familiarity with satellite servicing concepts and missions is preferred.
  • Strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • U.S. person or U.S. citizen.

Astroscale U.S. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.