Principal Communications Systems Engineer / Sr. Principal Communications Systems Engineer - TS/SCI - Tactical Space Systems

    • Dulles, VA

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Integrated Operations is looking for an experienced Principal/Sr. Principal Systems Engineer to join the Ground System team to work with DOD Customers to understand and define ground interface, security and infrastructure requirements for MMSOC/EGS/Enterprise Ground Solutions by defining, adapting and deploying ground Software and communication systems required to operate the mission (pre-launch, post-launch).

Utilize sound engineering practices to develop, implement, and maintain end-to-end Satellite ground systems. Manage the requirements, design, and implementation for ground networks and End-to-End ground systems to Support Mission Operations, RFP / Proposals, post win ground operation development, existing ground systems and upgrades - technology refresh, and reliability / maintainability.

Responsible for developing and configuring ground software operation baselines - to include scripts, mission templates, command / telemetry database baselines, and developing Space-Ground ICDs. Coordinate and conduct PDR/CDR/FAT/SAT ground segment support activities.

Product Deliveries include: Space-Ground ICD, Command and Telemetry Databases, Emulator/Flastsat/Simulator baseline control.

Responsibilities shall include:

- Designing, developing, building, and operating satellite control centers
- Familiarity / experience with MMSOC and EGS compliant Satellite ground systems
- Ground support equipment - FEP's, Crypto hardware, Modems, routers, firewalls, Servers / workstations, Linux, MS.
- Connections to external customers, entities, and RF terminals
- Developing program specific ground ICDs per program
- Developing ground architecture based on program requirements
- Hold weekly / regular meetings with ground stakeholders
- Coordinate end-to-end testing with vehicles during the I&T phase
- Ground segment requirements management and development
- Ground software design and configuration for Telemetry Tracking
- Command & Control and Mission Planning
- Ground terminal design.
- Space Vehicle to Ground and Ground to Space communication design, implementation & testing.
- Ground to Ground network communications design, implementation & testing
- Ability to support / lead Ground Segment proposal sections



This position can be filled at the Principal or Sr. Principal Communications Systems Engineer position. Qualifications below for each level.

Basic Qualifications

  • Principal Communications Systems Engineer: Education / Experience: 5Years with Bachelors; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD.
  • Sr. Principal Communications Systems Engineer: Education / Experience: 9 Years with Bachelors; 7 Years with Masters; 4 Years with PhD.
  • Active Top Secret/SCI clearance.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with ground control centers
  • Certifications: CompTIA Security + or equivalent
  • DoD Security Experience: Cybersecurity and IA/IS OpSec - 5205.02 or Risk Management Framework - 8510.01
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