Experimental Small Satellite Systems Engineer

    • Chantilly, VA

Requisition ID: 56463

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia)

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation. A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you'll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration - to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves. When you join our team, you'll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators. Are you ready to launch your career?


The Aerospace Corporation's Advanced Research and Engineering subdivision supports tasks that include development and application of innovative space technologies, mission concept development, architectural planning, acquisition support, hardware delivery, and other aspects for small experimental spacecraft. The Project Leader - Experimental Small Satellite Systems Engineer will serve in the Technology Development Department (TDD) to provide direct, on-site technical support to the customer and manage Aerospace technical resources to assist in the development and transition of future spacecraft technologies from concept to test flight to transition to operational programs.

Key Functions

  • Provide innovative solutions to challenging problems that support our customer and customer's higher echelon leadership in developing and transitioning advanced spacecraft technologies for small spacecraft at materially improve performance, manage risk and reduce cost.
  • Oversee the development and transition of small satellite components that enhance national security needs.
  • Assist programs in applying Systems Engineering principles to the design, development, manufacturing, integration and testing, and operations of small satellites and experiments.
  • Work to apply the breadth of Aerospace Corporation analysis and system engineering needed to support of the customer.
  • Exceed customer performance expectations and ensure the technical excellence and quality of Aerospace products, service and demonstration.
  • Expand the Aerospace role in support to studies and analysis.
  • Provide technical support and guidance in accordance with the FFRDC manual.
  • Improve and broaden the skills of the Aerospace workforce and improve value to the customer.

This position is based in Chantilly, VA. Relocation is available.


  • Bachelor's degree in physics, electrical, mechanical, or aerospace engineering or an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution.
  • 8 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific experience.
  • Technical breadth and ability to rapidly acquire a working knowledge in new technical areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse contractor team, to include FFRDC and SETA contractors.
  • Current TS/SCI clearance.
  • This position requires the ability to have and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

  • Advanced degree in science, engineering or related technical discipline.
  • Experience supporting state-of-the-art, advanced space technology research and development.
  • Experience with satellite component and satellite payload engineering.
  • Working knowledge of FFRDC role.
  • Utilization of matrix engineering and laboratory capabilities.

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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI

Access: SCI

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph

Relocation Available: Yes

Employment Type: Regular

Work Schedule: Full Time

Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance. U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion,genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you're an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email atieo.mailbox@aero.org. You can also reviewThe Equal Employment Opportunity is the Lawposter andthe supplement, as well as thePay Transparency Policy Statement.

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