Senior GN&C Engineering Specialist

At OneWeb, we’re on a mission to provide affordable, high-speed Internet access for the world’s unconnected and to achieve the #1 target of the World Society of Information Systems – to create a community access point at every school in the world. We realize this isn’t easy, but we have designed a combination of satellites and ground systems that we know can achieve this, and we believe it is too important not to do. Eliminating extreme poverty, enabling relief for communities during emergencies or disasters, providing health care, clean water and education, starting a business, individual empowerment and civic transparency are all important goals and Internet access is a foundation for solving these global issues. 

OneWeb is a technology and infrastructure provider. Our infrastructure enables Mobile carriers, ISP’s and governments, to provide Internet Access to their local and remote populations. Our team’s talent spans fields from semiconductor design, telecom core network and small cell production and deployment, to hyper local rural regulatory and educational challenges. We are developing leading edge technology to solve some of the world’s largest problems – and having a lot of fun doing it! 

If building the infrastructure to connect 2 million schools is something you would like to make happen, then joining OneWeb may be a great personal and career move. We can provide an intellectually challenging workplace and fast growing opportunity with a clear purpose. Come join the team that is making affordable communication ubiquitous on a global scale.



Job Overview

OneWeb is looking for a Senior GN&C/Software Engineer to join our team and support this unique mission. The GN&C/Software Engineer will ensure sound technical execution of the assembly, integration, test, production, and operations of OneWeb’s first generation satellite program as well as supporting the requirements definition and design of follow-on, advanced satellite efforts.

He or she will be part of the satellite engineering team based at the OneWeb engineering offices in Tyson Corner. The team is a highly capable technical group of experienced engineers who create, build, and test leading edge satellite subsystems. Our focus is identifying and resolving critical issues as early as possible to ensure, on-time, on-budget and accurate product delivery in an agile and focused style.

He or she will be the primary Satellite GN&C/Software expert for the OneWeb Space Segment and play a key technical interface role between the Satellite Contractor and Flight Operations team. The GN&C/Software Engineer will collaborate across engineering disciplines to support trade studies, analysis, design reviews, data reviews, final acceptance, and flight operations with primary focus on the GN&C/Software subsystems and related software.


Main Responsibilities

  • Provide general system engineering and integration support in all areas with emphasis on the satellite GNC, AOCS, and Flight Software; including development and verification of requirements, specifications, interfaces, and analysis tools.
  • Provide GN&C/AOCS expertise to spacecraft operations team during the launch and early operations (LEOP) and In-Orbit Test phases.
  • Support GN&C/FSW related non-conformance and anomaly investigations.
  • Develop GN&C performance analysis, calibration, and trending tools in support of satellite operations.
  • Monitor GN&C/Flight Software assembly, integration, and test activities; assuring compliance to technical specifications.
  • Support GN&C/Software qualification activities (component and satellite levels).
  • Collaborate with OneWeb Advanced Satellite Programs team to architect and define requirements for next generation satellite payloads.
  • Synthesize and present technical data clearly and concisely, providing recommendations and informing management of technical activities, issues and accomplishments through reports and briefings to senior level management
  • Travel required to Toulouse, France and Merritt Island, Florida (~25% time).

Essential Knowledge & Skills

  • Relevant engineering degree, preferably with a focus in controls or digital electronics
  • 7-10 years’ experience of relevant GN&C/AOCS subsystem engineering
  • Relevant GN&C/AOCS experience in all phases of a spacecraft program lifecycle (design, AI&T, and on-orbit operations).
  • Proven experience in several of following relevant domains:
    • Satellite control system design and simulation
    • Spacecraft momentum management
    • Control theory, rigid and flexible body dynamics
    • Orbital mechanics
    • Validation of spacecraft flight software
    • Spacecraft fault detection and correction
    • Spacecraft command and data handling
    • Flight Software configuration management.
  • Strong demonstration of technical leadership, including risk assessment and contract management.
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills.
  • Excellent communication skills with people at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Must be willing to travel to in Toulouse, France and Merritt Island, Florida (<25% time).
  • Objective, rational and multidisciplinary thinking.
  • Courage to act upon convictions.
  • A high degree of integrity.
  • Provide candid feedback.
  • Ability to face up to problems quickly and take action.
  • Acts within her or his circle of competence and knows the boundary.

Desired Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s Degree in Aerospace/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering with a focus on Control Systems.
  • Experience leading spacecraft GN&C/AOCS subsystems through design, AI&T, and on-orbit operations.
  • Experience in traditional spacecraft systems engineering and quality assurance practices including Product Assurance and non-compliance management.


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