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Lead Flight Dynamics Engineer

Falls Church, VA 22041

Posted: 04/17/2024 Employment Type: Direct Hire Industry: Other Area(s) Job Number: 28703

Job Description

Position Title: Lead Flight Dynamics Engineer

Position Description: Protingent Staffing has an exciting direct hire Lead Flight Dynamics Engineer opportunity located in Falls Church, VA.   

Job Responsibilities:

       1. Maneuver planning:
  • Lead the planning and execution of satellite maneuvers to optimize orbital parameters, such as altitude adjustments, inclination changes, and phasing maneuvers.
  • Develop maneuver strategies to maximize operational efficiency, extend satellite lifetime, and maintain desired constellation geometries.

       2. Constellation analysis:
  • Perform detailed analysis of constellation configurations to optimize system performance and meet mission objectives.
  • Implement algorithms and tools for constellation planning, including orbit determination and constellation design optimization.

       3. COLA assessment: 
  • Using a combination of tools and developed algorithms, conduct comprehensive conjunction analysis to assess potential collisions between satellites and space debris, ensuring safety and integrity of the satellite constellation and orbital environment. 

       4. Tool development and improvements.
  • Drive the development and enhancement of software tools for orbital dynamics analysis, incorporating advanced algorithms and automation capabilities to streamline processes and improve decision-making.


Job Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated proficiency in orbital mechanics principles, satellite dynamics, and control theory, with a strong foundation in academic or professional experience.
  • Strong analytical, conceptual, and troubleshooting abilities to address complex orbital dynamics challenges and optimize satellite performance.
  • Previous experience in performing satellite conjunction assessments, including evaluating close approaches, assessing collision risks, and implementing mitigation strategies to ensure satellite safety.
  • Knowledge of Space Situational Awareness principles, including tracking and cataloging space objects, assessing space debris environments, and interpreting Conjunction Data Messages.
  • Proficiency in numerical methods and algorithms relevant to orbital dynamics, such as numerical integration techniques for solving differential equations governing spacecraft motion, and algorithms for orbit optimization and trajectory design.
  • Comfort and proficiency in software tool development, with experience in designing, implementing, and refining tools for orbital dynamics analysis and operations.

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.

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