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Attitude Determination and Control System Engineer

Falls Church, VA 22041

Posted: 04/17/2024 Employment Type: Direct Hire Industry: Other Area(s) Job Number: 28699

Job Description

Position Title: Attitude Determination and Control System Engineer

Position Description: Protingent Staffing has an exciting Direct Hire Attitude Determination and Control System Engineer opportunity located in Falls Church, VA.   

Job Responsibilities:
  • Continue to evolve the satellite ADCS architecture including components and systems that provide both relative and absolute attitude measurements.
  • Refine the Concept of Operations for the satellite attitude determination and control system and related ground systems.
  • Interface with Systems Engineering team to inform constellation/network architecture and design based on satellite attitude determination and control system performance.
  • Support development of the 6 DOF simulation used to support attitude determination and control system evaluation.
  • Perform analyses to determine satellite ADCS component performance requirements including performance characteristics (e.g. sizing, accuracy, sensor noise, reliability, etc.), redundancy, and fault management options.
  • Specify, evaluate, and select satellite attitude determination sensors which may include rate sensors, magnetometers, sun sensors, horizon sensors, thermal sensors, and star trackers.
  • Specify, evaluate, and select satellite attitude determination effectors which may include magnetorquers, reaction wheels, gravity gradient booms, and even propulsive components.
  • Determine attitude determination sensor and effector types, number, and placement required on spacecraft.
  • Design and implement algorithms and software to support various pointing modes and attitude control scenarios.
  • Evolve Concept of Operations for both ground and space system operations needed to support satellite attitude determination and control.
  • Perform integration and test of satellite ADCS components and software on the satellites and in the lab.
  • Design and plan payload testing configurations on the ground when testing satellite attitude determination and control system performance both in-lab and in-orbit.
  • Support satellite integration, testing, and delivery to launch provider.
  • Develop and maintain technical documentation for satellite ADCS architecture definition, design, and development.

Job Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor’s degree (or better) in physics, engineering, or related field.
  • 5+ years of experience with satellite attitude determination and/or control systems.
  • Recent participation in projects developing space hardware and software (preferably satellite attitude determination and/or control).
  • In-depth knowledge and hands-on experience with satellite attitude determination and control system components such as IMUs, magnetometers, star trackers, reaction wheels, and magnetorquers.
  • In-depth knowledge of flight guidance navigation and control systems and software is a huge plus.
  • In-depth knowledge of satellite propulsion systems, propulsion system CONOPS, and trajectory planning is a huge plus.
  • Programming Proficiency in one or more programming languages is required (e.g., Rust, C, Python, MATLAB, etc.)
  • Proficient in working with Linux based systems.
  • Hands-on experience with programming microcontrollers is desired.
  • Must be good with computers. Fluent in Linux, Windows, and Mac OSX; Very capable with Microsoft Office (Excel, Project, PowerPoint, Word).
  • Must be able to work independently and in a team environment.

Job Details:
  • Direct Hire
  • Location: Falls Church, VA

About Protingent: Protingent is a niche provider of top Engineering and IT talent to Software, Electronics, Medical Device, Telecom, and Aerospace companies nationwide. Protingent exists to make a positive impact and contribution to the lives of others as well as our community by providing relevant, rewarding, and exciting work opportunities for our candidates.


Meet Your Recruiter

Jeff Morgante

I have an ability to connect with engineers easily, with an engineering background myself, I can relate and communicate using the same language. I have been working in Technical staffing at Protingent since 2011. I have two dogs, Kaleb & Kayce and two cats, Mika and Shiloh. I am originally from upstate New York, but love living in the Pacific Northwest! I have a passion for cars, old and new.

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