Lockheed Martin Systems Engineer, GN&C Technical Advisor, entry level in Sunnyvale, California
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The Systems Engineer / Guidance, Navigation & Controls (GN&C )Technical Advisor is considered the day-to-day subject matter expert on Guidance Controls and is therefore expected to acquire in-depth knowledge of the functions (stated below*) and is responsible for the daily state of health and operability of the GN&C components. The Systems Engineer / GN&C Technical Advisor:
- works closely with and relies on the GN&C CPE as required to resolve all GN&C issues outside their expertise.
- must support each GEO space vehicle's operations from factory integration and test until decommission
- supports all pre-launch readiness rehearsals, development of command products, launch and early orbit test support, DITL testing, documenting operational processes, product delivery, identifying requirements for and support execution of GN&C flight objectives
- provides real-time engineering direction for GN&C problem and anomaly resolution
- performs post-pass analysis of vehicle telemetry to trend GN&C hardware characteristics
- works closely with the Satellite Systems Engineering group at the Mission Control Station and writes memograms instructing the Mission Control Station on satellite vehicle operation changes
- identifies and assists in implementing changes to improve GN&C performance and developing tools and techniques to perform subsystem analysis
- may be required to travel (likely a few trips per year)
*The Guidance Navigation and Controls (GN&C) Subsystem, along with the Flight Software Subsystem, controls the satellite attitude during all phases of flight. The GN&C Subsystem also controls the Deployable Light Shade (DLS) that shades the optical system from direct sunlight near local midnight. Attitude reference is obtained by two Star Tracker Assemblies (STAs) and a Gyro System, the latter being part of the Payload. When the Payload is fully on, the Scanner IR sensor observes stars that are in the on-board star catalog and provides their location measurements to the on-orbit Payload Attitude Reference System (PARS), which provides a Kalman filter to smooth star measurements and Gyro data to predict the actual attitude at all times.
Typically has 0 - 3 years of professional experience.
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- Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related discipline or pursuing with an anticipated graduation in December 2018
- Knowledge of Guidance and Navigation & Control Hardware (e.g., Sun Trackers, Fine Sun Sensors, Earth Sensors, Reaction Wheels, etc.)
- Knowledge of Kalman filtering
- Demonstrated success in efforts to resolve significant technical issues
- Team player and be willing to be on-call 24 hours per day, seven days per week as needed to meet program needs
- Some overtime and weekend work may be required as necessary
- Ability to do some travel as needed
- US Citizenship with the ability to obtain a Secret security clearance
- Aerospace Engineering degree with knowledge of satellite design and operations
- Launch and Early Orbit Test (L&EOT) execution of military satellites
- Experience interfacing with remote satellite operation sites
- Understanding of satellite fault management systems: response, root cause analysis, and resolution
- Customer relations and interfaces
- Familiarity with C++, UNIX, Matlab, Satellite Tool Kit (STK), Satellite Control Language, and the Microsoft Office Suite
- Active Secret clearance
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