Spacecraft / Payload Controls Engineer

Requisition ID: 45997

All Locations: El Segundo, CA (California)

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 Control Analysis Department performs satellite control system analysis for a wide variety of programs ranging from CubeSats weighing a few kilograms with prototype payloads to the GPS constellation which countless users rely on every day. Work includes attitude and payload control, applications of estimation and filtering, and advanced vehicle dynamics.

This position is for an entry-level controls engineer who can support the analysis and technical evaluation of spacecraft and payload control systems on a variety of satellites in various stages of the program lifecycle ranging from concept development through on-orbit anomaly resolution all the way to disposal/de-orbit operations.

Key Functions

  • Perform attitude determination and control system related tasks in the following areas: concept development, trade studies, source selections, requirements analyses, risk assessments, design analyses, simulation development, test planning, data analysis, operations support, and anomaly resolution.
  • Develop new analysis tools and techniques.
  • Participate in contractor technical interchange meetings and reviews.
  • Communicate technical results to government customers, program management, and contractors.


  • Bachelor's degree in an appropriate technical discipline with a minimum of 2 years of related engineering or scientific experience, including time spent in post-graduate education
  • Experience in one or more of the following: control system design and analysis, estimation theory, or advanced dynamics
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance
  • Occasional travel

  • Advanced degree in an appropriate technical discipline is highly preferred.
  • Working knowledge of a compiled programming language such as C/C++ or FORTRAN
  • Team or project leadership experience
  • Experience with one or more of the following:
    o Spacecraft attitude determination and control
    o Payload pointing estimation and control
    o Advanced control techniques and applications
    o Kalman filtering and stochastic processes
    o Modeling and simulation of control systems
    o Multibody and flexible body dynamics
    o Implementation, testing, and calibration of control systems
    o Cubesat or smallsat attitude determination and control design and operations

Transcript Requirement

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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 You can also reviewThe Equal Employment Opportunity is the Lawposter andthe supplement, as well as thePay Transparency Policy Statement.

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles
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