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Spacecraft GNC Engineer

Company: Umbra
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

Umbra builds next-generation space systems that observe the Earth in unprecedented fidelity.

Our mission: Deliver global omniscience.

To stay ahead of climate change, geopolitical risk, and other major crises and issues, we need a global understanding of what is changing, where, and how fast. Umbra provides easy access to the highest quality commercial satellite data available, which is an indispensable tool for the growing number of organizations monitoring the Earth. We empower our customers to create the solutions that inform, inspire, and address our planet's most pressing needs. We're helping to create a brand new industry that has never meaningfully existed before.

We are looking for a Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Engineer with senior level experience across multiple GNC elements, including modeling and simulation, algorithm development, and software verification. The GNC engineering role is a technically oriented position that provides exposure to the entire GNC design chain, from architecture definition and hardware selection through spacecraft operations. An ideal candidate has a strong mathematical background that can be leveraged to understand the GNC problem space and identify, derive, implement and validate solutions that satisfy technical objectives. An emphasis on analytical skills, and using modeling and simulation to demonstrate design robustness, is critical.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design, build, test and validate GNC flight software (FSW) algorithms including attitude determination, attitude guidance, orbit determination, momentum management, maneuver planning and fault protection.
  • Design, build, test and validate simulation models for GNC hardware sensors and actuators, vehicle dynamics, and the space environment.
  • Develop an integrated GNC simulation to support subsystem performance analyses and deployment of GNC FSW using MATLAB/Simulink and C/C++.
  • Perform functional and qualification testing of GNC FSW in model-in-the-loop (MIL), software-in-the-loop (SIL) and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) environments.
  • Develop tools that support analysis of different actuator and sensor configurations, mission performance predictions and on-orbit performance assessments.
  • Develop and maintain a simulation and algorithm development process, which includes modeling guidelines and testing strategies that support FSW generation and verification. Basic Qualifications
    • Bachelor's degree in a relevant STEM field (e.g. engineering, physics, mathematics, or computer science) with at least 5 years of experience.
      • Comfortable with a scripting language such as MATLAB or Python
        • Excellent communications skills, ability and desire to work collaboratively in a team environment, and willingness to learn new skills and technology.
        • Experience with GNC modeling and simulation, analysis, integration and test, and spacecraft operations. Desired Qualifications
          • Advanced degree in aerospace, mechanical or electrical engineering is desired
          • Proficiency in MATLAB/Simulink and C/C++.
          • Experience in GNC focus areas such as Kalman filtering, rigid-body dynamics, estimation and control theory, and perturbation modeling.
          • Experience deploying algorithms to embedded systems.
          • Experience utilizing collaboration software such as Confluence or Jira. Benefits
            • Flexible Vacation / Paid Sick Time/ Family Leave
            • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Voluntary Life, LTD
            • 401(k) Plan with 3% non-elective employer contribution
            • Stock Options

              Umbra is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, Veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics.

              Employment Eligibility Verification:

              In compliance with federal laws, all hired persons will be required to verify their identity and eligibility to work in the United States by completing the required Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) upon hire.

              ITAR/EAR Requirements:

              This position may include access to technology and/or data that is subject to U.S. export controls pursuant to ITAR and EAR. To comply with federal export controls, all persons hired must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, U.S. lawful permanent resident, refugee or asylee as defined by 8 U.S.C. - 1324b(a)(3), or must otherwise be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or U.S.Department of Commerce as applicable.

              Pay Transparency:
              This job posting may span more than one career level. To provide greater transparency to candidates, we share base ranges for all job postings regardless of state. We set standard base pay ranges for all roles based on function and level benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. Final offer amounts are determined by skills, responsibilities and relevant work experience.

Keywords: Umbra, Santa Barbara , Spacecraft GNC Engineer, Engineering , Santa Barbara, California

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