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Spacecraft Navigation Engineer "CURRENT OPENING"

Spacecraft Navigation Engineer "CURRENT OPENING"

Spacecraft Navigation Engineer "CURRENT OPENING"

Manufacturing Technical Solutions (MTS)
Houston, TX

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Johnson Space Center - Houston

Not available at this time

Travel Required:
As Needed


Are you passionate about human space exploration, understanding the origins of the universe, and working with a passionate and diverse team to make a difference? If you are, we need you!

We need your talent, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire people all over the globe. We need you to bring creative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will enable the exploration of space while benefiting people here on Earth. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on exciting challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration.

** We are actively searching for qualified candidates for this potential opening; however, we do not have assurance at this time when the position will be finalized and opened. Because we have strong reason to believe the position will be approved soon, we are proceeding with identifying qualified candidates and conducting interviews. **

Our long-term client relationship with NASA has led to the need for a Spacecraft Navigation Engineer to support the development of navigation algorithms/systems for NASA/JSC manned spacecraft projects including Orion, Gateway, and Human Landing Systems (HLS).

Do you have the following skills?

The Spacecraft Navigation Engineer will:

  • Design, develop and integrate navigation algorithms into the integrated GN&C system for NASA spacecraft including:
    • Lunar surface-navigation without GPS
    • Navigation during the descent phase of flight with precision landing and hazard avoidance
  • Perform analysis and testing in an integrated GN&C environment
  • Formally document the results of all design and analysis activities
  • Perform other duties as required

This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements, and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.

Required Education/Experience/Skills:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Engineering from an ABET-accredited engineering school and a minimum of five (5) years of related engineering experience, or a Master's degree from an accredited engineering school and four (4) years of related engineering experience, or Ph.D. from an accredited engineering school and zero (0) years of related experience
  • Graduate-level coursework and in-depth knowledge of:
    • Linear and non-linear state estimation theory
    • Linear covariance analysis
    • Numerical methods
    • Astrodynamics
  • Familiarity with relative navigation concepts
  • Knowledge of lunar surface-navigation techniques
  • Knowledge in the design, analysis, and implementation of navigation algorithms
  • Experience with spacecraft simulation modeling and analysis of integrated GN&C systems
  • Experience programming in C/C++ and knowledge of Matlab/Simulink
  • The proven ability to solve complex total GN&C system and simulation problems
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment consisting of NASA civil servants and various contractor employees

    Requisition Preferences:

  • Minimum of an MS in Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering.
  • Knowledge of image processing
  • Knowledge of inertial sensors
In addition to exciting career opportunities, we also have:
  • Excellent personal and professional career growth
  • 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off)
  • Onsite cafeteria (breakfast & lunch)
  • Much, much more!

For more information on our partnership with NASA at Johnson Space Center (JSC), please visit

  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.
  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.
  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.

Essential Functions:

  • Work Environment - Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task.
  • Physical Requirements - Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of the time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of the time).
  • Equipment and Machines - Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).
  • Attendance - Regular attendance in accordance with the established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust the schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements.
  • Other Essential Functions - Professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

US EEO Statement
MTS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

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