Orbital Analyst - Small Sat Operations - Job ID 9990

The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) is seeking an Orbital Analyst for small satellite operations. Orbital Analysts will work with small satellite teams to conduct routine orbit determination and prediction. This position will support various space missions and work with multiple team members that include program managers, engineers, and mission stakeholders. The Orbital Analyst will be called upon regularly to help determine orbits, produce antenna viewing angles, and respond to mission anomalies. This position will require flexibility in work hours during launch, early operations, and anomaly resolution to support needs outside the normal work schedule.

Key Responsibilities: 

·     Perform on-console tasks for real-time operations and anomaly investigations for multiple missions

·     Respond to mission anomalies and provide analyses to support troubleshooting activities

·     Coordinate with operations personnel on issues related to orbit determination and ephemeris generation, orbital position uncertainty estimates, collision prediction and maneuver design Maintain accurate satellite ephemeris and support data

·     Conduct routine orbit determination and prediction efforts

·     Produce antenna viewing angles for communication contacts with orbiting spacecraft

·     Support spacecraft design efforts with orbital analysis

·     Support launch and early operations (LEOP) for various space missions

·     Interface with customers, internal personnel, and mission stakeholders

Required Qualifications:

·     BS degree in engineering, computer science, or relevant technical field

·     5yrs of experience with astrodynamics/orbit analysis

·     Familiarity with propulsion systems and modeling/simulating maneuvers

·     Extensive programming experience

·     Familiar with STK, FreeFlyer, GMAT, ODTK, OCEAN, SpaceNav or similar tools

·     Experience in satellite operations or mission engineering support

·     Proficiency in developing documentation (procedures, plans, tests, and reports)

·     Work well in a team environment with the ability to execute individual tasks

·     The ability to clearly communicate complex ideas both orally and in writing

·     Willing to work off hours if needed (as mission requirements dictate)

·     Hold an active TS/SCI clearance with active SSBI

Preferred Qualifications:

·     MS degree in engineering, computer science, or relevant technical field

·     10yrs of experience supporting space missions

·     Proficient in C++, C#, MATLAB, Python

About SDL: as nonprofit unit of the Utah State University Research Foundation, SDL has been solving the technical challenges faced by the military, science community, and industry since 1959. SDL offers flexible work schedules and competitive salaries and benefits. As a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), SDL also offers unique benefits, such as company contribution of 14.2% of annual gross earnings for retirement for exempt staff and discounted USU tuition of 50% for employees and dependents.


*Affirmative Action - Equal Opportunity Employer