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Flight Director, Project Kuiper - Mission Operations, Ground Software

Job ID: 2546924 | Amazon Kuiper Manufacturing Enterprises LLC


- BS degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related discipline.
- 3+ years of experience in the Aerospace industry.
- 1+ year of prior experience in a spacecraft operations or direct support role.
- 1+ years of experience programming with at least one modern language such as C++, C#, Java, Python, Golang, Rust, Matlab
- Technical understanding of space system architecture and subsystem functionality


Project Kuiper is an initiative to launch a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world.

Key job responsibilities
As a Flight Director you will own and execute the overall operational success of the mission at a systems level and coordinate between engineering teams across ground and space systems to achieve it. Because of the scale of the mission, you will be focused on driving automation and operational excellence — identifying areas of improvement and initiating changes to improve the productivity of the fleet.

You will coordinate and prepare for each launch and on-orbit demonstration, design and conduct operational rehearsals, and drive automation efforts with scalability in mind, ensuring that the constellation functions at peak performance with no manual intervention. You will develop concepts of operation for missions and experiments, lead launch and early operations, develop and perform analysis on system data, and identify areas and mechanisms for further improvement.

The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, have strong verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational skills, able to juggle multiple tasks at once, able to work independently, and maintain professionalism under pressure. You should have knowledge in space system design and software engineering practices.

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.

A day in the life
You will work with internal engineering teams to define our operational process. You will identify opportunities to optimize and automate, and work with software and hardware teams to implement. You will be responsible for the operational success of the Kuiper mission.

About the team
Project Kuiper Ground Software team owns the infrastructure that manages and operates the constellation, providing a stable foundation for the networking team to run customer-facing connectivity service.

We are open to hiring candidates to work out of one of the following locations:

Redmond, WA, USA


- Familiarity with all of the following disciplines and demonstrated technical understanding of at least two: - Orbital mechanics and constellation design - Spacecraft guidance, navigation, and control hardware and software - Electrical engineering - Terrestrial and satellite communications systems and networking - Spacecraft structures and mechanisms - Embedded software - Satellite propulsion systems - Data-driven engineering approach and ability assess system performance with statistical analysis
- Strong communications skills, ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, and enjoyment of learning and teaching new skills
- Demonstrated ability to drive requirements for concepts of operation and space systems
- Experience developing, working with, and scaling autonomous space mission operations
- Experience working through the software development lifecycle, including requirements development and integrated testing.
- Comfortable working with ambiguous problems, assessing risk, reducing uncertainty, and handling the pressure of mission critical operations

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Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $103,400/year in our lowest geographic market up to $201,200/year in our highest geographic market. Pay is based on a number of factors including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Amazon is a total compensation company. Dependent on the position offered, equity, sign-on payments, and other forms of compensation may be provided as part of a total compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. For more information, please visit Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.