Global Hawk Mission Planner - Principle Engineer Systems Test
GH-EAFB Mission Planner Principle Engineer 3
Global Hawk Mission Planner working at Edwards AFB to support several Global Hawk Unmanned Vehicle Programs by producing mission plans per engineering release in a dynamic flight test or operational environment. This position may require intermittent travel to other contractor/test sites on short-term assignments.
Principle Engineer 3 - Mission Planner Duties:
- Creates unique mission plans using Latitude/Longitude waypoints for taxi and flight routes used by various Global Hawk aircraft types, which become the only routes the aircraft can fly. A Mission Planner builds these routes using the Air Force Mission Planning System Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) in order to achieve detailed test plan objectives.
- Use survey data information including Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File (DAFIF) if available to determine coordinate locations for waypoints and ellipsoid heights for beginning and end of runway and taxi paths on an airfield.
- Complies with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local airspace restrictions for all routes of flight including avoiding overflight of populated areas for safe Global Hawk flight operations.
- Develop routes of flight that avoid impacting population and causing property damage on all Global Hawk routes, especially engine out scenarios.
- To safely program Global Hawk approaches, construct approach slopes descending in altitudes for all approach routes on the let down to landing. C3s (engine out approaches and landings) at 5.25 degrees and all powered on approaches and landings at 4.5 degrees.
- For autonomous Global Hawk operations complete all contingency stitching (routes the aircraft will take in case of degradation or abnormal operating conditions in the aircraft develop) for in-flight waypoints including loss link(C1), return to base (C2), engine out (C3) and go-around (C4) scenarios.
- In order to evaluate the safe operations of a Global Hawk mission, complete data analysis using Beyond Compare software for difference comparison of validated mission plans.
- Coordinate the development of Sensor Routes in a mission plan for in-flight data collection using Radar, Electro-Optical and Signals intelligence criteria.
- Coordinate with Guidance Navigation and Control (GNC) to validate Global Hawk Mission Plans.
- Coordinate with appropriate agencies and teams to ensure that validated mission plans are uploaded to the air vehicle and shelter including valid checksums of the mission data.
- In order to control the mission plan software that will be loaded on the air vehicle and the ground station, input mission plans to Teamcenter.
Must have a Bachelors' degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics). A minimum of 5 years of engineering experience with a BS degree as described above, or 3 years with an MS Degree. Overtime, odd shifts, and weekend work will occasionally be required.
Current Active DOD Secret clearance is required. Ability to travel as needed
Computer Science background, Experience using Air Force Mission Support System (AFMSS) and/or Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS).Former military aircrew and/or Global Hawk experience a plus, Ability to work independently and meticulous attention to detail. Mission planning experience. Secret Clearance
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