Sr. Principal Ground Systems/Network Engineer 4 NASA - (Lunar Missions)

    • Dulles, VA

Since the dawn of the space age, Northrop Grumman has put innovative products and ideas into orbit, on the Moon, and beyond - from systems engineering, spacecraft manufacturing, precision sensors, space instrument design, ground stations development, and revolutionary launch vehicles. Help shape the future of Space exploration as an integral part of the Lunar Missions at Northrop Grumman. Join an organization working to put the first woman and the next man on the moon in 2024 and develop the next steps toward human space missions to Mars through our human habitat in cislunar space. At Northrop Grumman, we are launching careers into orbit.
Northrop Grumman Space Systems Sector is seeking an experienced Ground Systems Engineer/Principal Ground Systems Engineer to join our Integrated Operations Ground System team. The ideal candidate will be working with NASA and its Customers / Partners to understand and define ground interface, security and infrastructure integration requirements for end-to-end Ground communications Solutions by defining, adapting and deploying ground Software and communication systems required to operate the mission (pre-launch, post-launch).
Experience integrating with existing NASA assets, eg. Restricted IONet, Space Network, Ground Network, DSN, NASA security requirements, etc. Also need experience with both up & downlink encryption/decryption. Manned spaceflight background would be desired, not required.
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.
Specific experience and responsibilities shall include:
- Ground segment requirements management and development Ground support equipment - FEP's, Crypto hardware, Modems, routers, firewalls, Servers / workstations, Linux, MS.
- Developing ground architecture based on program requirements
- Connections to external customers, entities, and RF terminals
- Developing program specific ground ICDs per program
- Hold weekly / regular meetings with ground stakeholders
- Coordinate end-to-end testing with vehicles during the I&T phase
- Ground software design and configuration for Telemetry Tracking - Command & Control and Mission Planning



Basic Qualifications:

Systems Engineer 4 - Bachelor's Degree in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related area and 9+ years of experience, Master's Degree and 7+ years of experience.

• Must be a US Citizen.
• Experience with Ground Based Systems (space or satellite knowledge highly preferred)
• Experience developing architecture based on program requirements
• Knowledge of networking software and hardware systems

Preferred Qualifications:

• Familiarity with NASA ground control centers
• Existing NAC-I would be desired, not required.
• Certifications: CompTIA Security + or equivalent

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