Project Kuiper is an initiative to launch a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to underserved communities around the world. This position is part of the Satellite Attitude Determination and Control team. You will design and analyze the control system and algorithms, support development of our flight hardware and software, help integrate the satellite in our labs, participate in flight operations, and see a constellation of satellites flow through the production line in the building next door.
A day in the life
This is an opportunity to play a significant role early in the design of an entirely new satellite system with challenging performance requirements. The large, integrated constellation brings opportunities for advanced capabilities that need investigation and development. The constellation size also puts emphasis on engineering excellence so our tools and methods, from conceptualization through manufacturing and all phases of test, will be state of the art as will the satellite and supporting infrastructure on the ground.
About the hiring group
Our team has lots of experience with various satellite systems and many other flight vehicles. We have bench strength in both our mission and core GNC disciplines. We design, prototype, test, iterate and learn together. Because GNC is central to safe flight, we tend to drive Concepts of Operation and many system level analyses.
You will find that Kuiper's mission is compelling, so our program is staffed with some of the top engineers in the industry. Our daily collaboration with other teams on the program brings constant opportunity for discovery, learning, and growth.
You will design and analyze algorithms for estimation, flight control, and precise pointing using linear methods and simulation. Along with that will be plenty of work developing and applying models and simulations, with various levels of fidelity, of the satellite and our constellation. The labs in our building provide for component level environmental testing, functional and performance checkout, subsystem integration, and satellite integration up to Day in the Life testing and mission rehearsal. We are excited to get into space, so you can look forward to seeing your designs launch and fly soon!
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· Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Physics or EE, or equivalent experience.
· 10+ years of experience including design and test of control systems for flight vehicles
· Experience in the areas of dynamics, estimation, stability and control
· Experience authoring and testing scientific or mathematical analysis software
· Experience authoring and testing complex, mission critical, scientific or mathematical software
Export Control Requirement:
Due to applicable export control laws and regulations, candidates must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.
· Advanced degree in a relevant field
· Excellent communication skills
· Ability to negotiate among strong, differing opinions and drive fast decision making
· Relevant leadership experience in challenging situations
· Expertise with mission critical airborne or spaceborne flight control software
· Experience with on-orbit spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control Systems