ASRC Federal Technical Services (ASTS) is seeking a JPSS Satellite Navigation Engineer. Within the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) satellite constellation engineering group, reporting to the JPSS Operations System Readiness (OSR) Team Lead for the Engineering and Mission Operations Support Services V (EMOSS-V) contract, this position working from the Suitland, MD and Greenbelt, MD locations requires proven education and experience to demonstrate capacity to perform JPSS satellite Orbit Navigation control utilizing flight and ground systems engineering at a high performance level. Our client is responsible for engineering and mission operations support for environment monitoring satellites managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO).
Position requires application of knowledge and skills to wide areas such as: space and ground segment system engineering, orbit control, data processing, real-time on-orbit operations, spacecraft command/control, telemetry procedure development, database development/maintenance, space systems communications, software test/command script development, training and operations procedure development. Candidate must possess excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Pre-launch Readiness Support: The EMOSS-V Mission Operations Team (MOT) currently supports the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) satellite and JPSS-1 satellite. The MOT includes a small cadre of Operations System Readiness (OSR) engineers who are embedded within the JPSS-2 Flight Project's Mission Operations Support Team (MOST), who are responsible for pre-launch to on-orbit operations performance. As part of the OSR team, this position will test the ground system's JPSS-2 flight dynamics functions and help prepare the MOST and MOT for JPSS-2 on-orbit operations. Responsibilities will also include determining gaps in tool development by the MOST team, and work to develop necessary tools for satellite operations prior to satellite handover.
Orbit Navigation & Control: Perform pre-launch and post-launch ground system testing and operational execution of flight dynamics activities necessary to maintain the JPSS satellites' positions within the specified orbits while maximizing the propellant lifetime. Validate post station-keeping maneuver performance and generate burn reconstruction reports. Coordinate maneuver planning and execution with maneuver team. Monitor space situational awareness, coordination with collocation partners, close approach monitoring, and risk mitigation maneuver planning. Maintain the highest engineering procedure standards to ensure the maximum safety of the satellites and continuity of services.
Analysis: Monitor and analyze daily navigation system performance that includes multiple bus, instruments and ground sub-systems. Perform near real-time troubleshooting and analysis during system anomalies. Monitor satellite usage of propellant and perform lifetime predictions. Propose improvements to the in-orbit control strategies and processes. Preparation of regular reports and liaison with internal and external personnel. Perform assignments as directed by the technical lead and management.
Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
Monitor orbit location and plan, coordinate, and calibrate maneuvers as necessary to maintain requirements
Maintain high level of space situational awareness and ensure safety of satellites
Maintain and review trend databases related to orbit or image navigation
Verify readiness of for ground system operation and performance. Ensure prime and backup facilities are ready to support continued operations. Participate in failover proficiency exercises.
Coordinate with and assist MOST/OSPO with operational tool development
Perform real time troubleshooting and analysis during anomalies, including real-time problem identification and resolution, support in case of any in-orbit anomaly and participate in the investigation of ground system anomalies.
Propose and develop new or execute improvements to tools that will increase long term reliability, monitoring, and anomaly detection capability.
Develop and improve ground system products used to command, control, communicate and monitor the spacecraft and ground system.
Support various ground system software testing and verifications.
Provision of on-call support to real-time operations.
Preparation of regular reports and liaison with internal and external personnel.
Participate in integration and system testing of NOAA equipment
Coordinate IT security patch implementations
Coordinate deployments to operational system
Plan and coordinate execution of Operations Regression Tests and report results
Plan and coordinate execution of Parallel Operations Tests and report results
Participate in reviews and design Technical Interchange Meetings (TIMs)
Coordinate and perform training of NOAA operations control center personnel
ASRC Federal and its Subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, gender, color, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, national origin, religion, marital status, ancestry, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, or any other factor prohibited by applicable law.
A B.S. degree in Aerospace or other engineering discipline or relevant degree and at least 5 to 7 years of experience.
Programming in languages such as Python, Visual basic, C++, Perl and Unix/Linux Shells.
User experience with Windows and Unix/Linux operating systems.
Software package experience with tools such as STK, MATLAB and Microsoft Office Suite.
Experience developing Python scripts/analysis tools.
Experience using AGI STK software for orbital analysis.
Experience using NASA Attitude Ground System (AGS) for attitude analysis.
Internship, course work/projects in orbital mechanics are a big plus.
Internship, course work/projects in satellite command, control and communication are a big plus.
Work Environment and Physical Demands
Work in typical office building during a standard 40-hour week. Occasional deadlines or operational conditions require non-standard hours and longer hours.