Senior Payload Subsystem Engineer

OneWeb's mission is to enable Internet access for everyone, everywhere.  We want to see the next generation even more connected than the last, and to create opportunities for people today to access the opportunities made possible through the Internet.  To fulfill our mission, OneWeb is revolutionizing the satellite industry and building a global communications network with a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide connectivity to people around the world.  OneWeb is creating business solutions for Broadband, Government and Cellular Backhaul.  It’s high speed, low latency  network will offer game-changing Mobility solutions to industries that rely on global connectivity, such as Aviation, Maritime, Automotive, Trains, and more.

We have more than $3 billion invested from incredible partners including SoftBank, Qualcomm, Grupo Salinas, Airbus, Virgin, Coca-Cola and more.  We have signed our first customer contracts, we have ground infrastructure in Canada, Italy, Norway with more on the way and in February of 2019, we successfully launched our first six satellites into space.  OneWeb is making incredible progress toward reaching our mission and we are looking for more, very talented individuals to help make it a reality.

If building the infrastructure to connect people everywhere 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 communication ubiquitous on a global scale.

The Senior Payload Subsystem Engineer reports to the Fleet Operations Engineering Manager and is responsible for the health and performance of the RF communications payload across the OneWeb fleet of in-orbit satellites.

The OneWeb Fleet Operations organization is responsible for deploying, operating and maintaining OneWeb’s constellation of satellites, which will provide global low-latency internet access from Low Earth Orbit. The Fleet Operations Engineering team is tasked with maximizing time-in-service by mitigating spacecraft problems before they happen and positioning the Real-Time Operations crews to resolve them quickly when they do. The Subsystem Engineers serve as the spacecraft Subject Matter Experts and lead all in-orbit test campaigns and anomaly investigations.

The candidate will be asked to provide expert-level support and leadership to the Payload In-Orbit Test (IOT) campaign for each satellite in cooperation with the Real-Time Operations crew. This support may include on-console direction of test activities, automation of analysis, creation of procedures, detailed troubleshooting of problems, developing analytics for large datasets, development of analysis tools and setup of mission simulations. The candidate will be expected to establish working interfaces with outside organizations, including the Satellite Manufacturer and Network Operations.

The position is day-staff and normally occurs during regular business hours but will periodically require shift support during critical satellite operations. The candidate will also periodically serve in the on-call support rotation that runs 24/7.  

Duties will include:

  • Prepare and execute Payload In-Orbit Test campaigns for each satellite, in cooperation with Real-Time Operations and other external organizations
  • Perform long-term trending of RF communication payload subsystem health & performance (done manually & with analytics)
  • Serve as Subject Matter Expert for the RF communication payload subsystem and the test software and equipment
  • Work independently to mitigate RF communication payload subsystem problems before they occur
  • Develop analysis tools and telemetry displays to post-process data
  • Investigate RF communication payload subsystem anomalies and develop corrective actions
  • Provide expert technical guidance on RF communications to Real-Time Operations throughout all mission phases
  • Support the operational design and planning of future OneWeb missions
  • Participate in the Subsystem Engineer 24/7 on-call rotation
  • Sit on-console on the Ops floor during critical satellite operations (shift work is occasionally required, including overnight) and provide real-time technical guidance
  • Support and participate in mission simulation events and rehearsals
  • Create and maintain Operations documentation including training and procedures
  • Support pre-flight validation of operational products and software, including readiness reviews

Required skills and experience: 

  • 8+ years of professional experience in satellite RF communication payloads
  • Bachelor of Science in an Engineering related field.
  • Expertise in satellite RF communication payloads including Power Amplifiers, Channelizers, LNAs, reflectors
  • Experience performing in-orbit tests of satellite RF communication payloads
  • Expertise in RF link budgets, levels, conversion
  • Expertise in typical RF ground software and equipment such as BUCs, LNBs, spectrum analyzers and signal generators
  • Strong understanding of synchronization and clocking fundamentals
  • Familiarity with terrestrial communication networks, such as fiber
  • Computer programming/scripting knowledge (python knowledge is desired)
  • Spacecraft operations experience (Low Earth Orbit experience is desired)
  • Familiarity with typical spacecraft flight software design and operation
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, take ownership of all aspects of job and take initiative. Strong data analysis and troubleshooting skills are essential with an ability to recognize opportunities for improvements and implement solutions
  • Excellent oral and written skills and communication / briefing skills is essential
  • Demonstrated ability to work to tight deadlines in high stress environments;

Desired skills and experience:

  • 10+ years of professional experience in satellite RF communication payloads
  • Graduate degree or additional training in Science or Engineering field.
  • Expertise with Kratos MONICs and COMPASS M&C software
  • Experience designing and testing RF communication payloads for Low Earth Orbit satellite networks
  • Experience leading large-scale in-orbit satellite test campaigns
  • Expertise with satellite Telemetry, Tracking & Commanding (TT&C) RF systems
  • Experience in the development and/or operations of low-cost spacecraft
  • Experience in the development and/or operations of highly automated spacecraft (or other autonomous systems)
  • Experience in the operation or development of satellite ground systems including procedure development, monitor and control (M&C), mission planning, on-board software management, performance analysis, configuration management, satellite database configuration and simulator facilities
  • Familiarity with the CCSDS Packet Utilization Standard, customization and usage

***No visa sponsorship is available for this position***  

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