Satellite Systems Engineer 4 (Schriever AFB, CO)

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems is seeking an experienced Mission Planner familiar with Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) operations and Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) spacecraft in support of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) mission. Located at Schriever AFB, CO, the selected candidate will be part of the STSS on-orbit operations group.

Primary mission planning duties will consist of:

  • Supporting on-orbit operations throughout the flight demonstration phase
  • Providing mission planning expertise to ensure spacecraft/payload and ground system health and status
  • Coordinating mission requirements with 22 SOPS/Range Scheduling to ensure all program commanding and telemetry requirements are met
  • Briefing management and the customer on AFSCN and other related mission planning issues
  • Performing short and medium term mission planning and participate in long term planning
  • Identifying, select, and schedule spacecraft and payload mission operations and maintenance tasks
  • Defining weekly task plan input for entry into Mission Management (MM)/Chronos planning tool
  • Generating task schedule and submit the Program Action Plan (PAP) to 22 SOPS
  • Coordinating and approve the 24-hour AFSCN deconfliction schedule to 22 SOPS
  • Coordinating with operations engineering to plan and schedule spacecraft and payload operations and maintenance tasks
  • Coordinating with orbit analyst to validate mission planning requirements/requests against orbital geometry and anomaly planning
  • Rescheduling missed or failed AFSCN contacts
  • Coordinating mission planning activities between Schriever AFB, CO and the factory support facility (CA)
  • Generating and maintain the operations support schedule to include the 24-hour acquisition schedule and creation of daily pass plans
  • Ensuring spacecraft commanding/ground perform files, procedures, memograms, and operations alerts are incorporated into the daily schedule
  • Participating in all operational rehearsals/exercises/operations supplying mission planning products as required
  • Conducting mission planning tasks in support of MDA test events

This position is primarily day shift but requires on-call support of 24/7 flight operations


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in a STEM field (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) with 9 plus years experience in the space operations field
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet and maintain eligibility requirements for access to classified information
  • Interim Top Secret security clearance is required to start

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and experience in satellite operations engineering disciplines to include attitude control, power management, thermal control, propulsion, IR payloads, command and data handling, flight and ground software, and anomaly determination and resolution
  • 10 years of experience in Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) operations and Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) spacecraft
  • Understanding of AFSCN operations, specifically in the area of mission planning, and possess general understanding of satellite operations. The selected candidate must have satellite flight operations command and control experience.

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