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Contested Space Trajectory Analyst

Company: Aerospace Corporation
Location: Colorado Springs
Posted on: November 21, 2020

Job Description:

In an era of dynamic change in space, Aerospace is addressing a generation of complex challenges. We operate the only federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) committed exclusively to the space enterprise. Our technical experts span every discipline of space-related science and engineering. Join our team and thrive in a career that matters to the world and you personally. Responsibilities Provide trajectory analysis and optimization support for spacecraft, launch, reentry vehicles, and missiles, for Earth-centric and interplanetary missions. This role will support conceptual designtechnology assessments, pre-launch analysis for on-contract programs, launch and Mission Ops, and end-of-life phases. Rendezvous and Proximity Operations (RPO) trajectory design will be a focal point for this role. The position will have support trajectory optimization for contested space applications. Selected candidates will be expected to be technical leaders and provide critical insights to a wide range of customers. Candidates must perform significant customer interfacing for both internal and external customers and are expected to bring in new department customers and tasks. Applicants must possess good communication skills and the ability to performlearn the job's key functions. Key Functions Develop and apply advanced techniques for solving flight mechanics and astrodynamics problems Perform trajectory simulation and performance optimization of launch vehicles, upper stages, missiles, spacecraft, and reentry vehicles Implement optimization theory including calculus of variations approaches andor non-linear programming Analyze and optimize chemical propulsion, low thrust propulsion, and hybrid propulsion orbit transfers Support launch vehicle ops and spacecraft orbit transfer campaigns Implement scripting techniques to perform parametric studies Utilize numerical methods (numerical integration, root-solving problems, coordinate transformations) Qualifications Required Bachelor's degree in a STEM field, aerospace, mechanical, electrical or equivalent Minimum of (2) years of engineering or applicable professional or educational experience is required Experience with flight mechanics, trajectory modeling and simulation, orbit mechanics, optimal control Experience modeling launch vehicle and missile trajectories, particularly to non-traditional orbit regimes and modeling the target vehicle's dynamics Experience using parameter optimization and the ability to model multiple vehicles in single analysis framework Experience using optimal control software packages like GPOPS-II Strong communication and interpersonal skills ability to work with program office and customer personnel Proficiency in one or more of the following programming languages and environments is desired C, C++, Fortran, Python, MATLAB, UNIX This position requires a current and active TSSBBI (SCI) security clearance with a Counterintelligence Polygraph , which is issued by the US government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance. Preferred Master's degree or higher in STEM field, aerospace, mechanical, electrical or equivalent Graduate level course work in orbital mechanics, numerical methods, and optimization Equal Opportunity Commitment The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal OpportunityAffirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you're an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone ator by email at . You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

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