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Spacecraft ADCS Engineer (Mountain View, CA / Boulder, CO)

Company: Muon Space Inc
Location: Mountain View
Posted on: November 24, 2022

Job Description:

About Muon SpaceMuon Space is working at the forefront of satellites, advanced sensors, business intelligence, and climate science. - From satellite missions to modeling to data analytics and actionable insights, we believe measuring, understanding and predicting Earth's complex, coupled systems is both a great business opportunity and key to leaving future generations a livable, productive and healthy planet. We are looking for people who are passionate about climate change to join our talented team. - -We are a geographically diverse company with teams in the San Francisco bay area, Los Angeles, and Boulder, Colorado. - We seek great talent wherever it may be.
About the roleMuon seeks an experienced Spacecraft ADCS Engineer to join our team. - The ideal candidate can go deep on design and evaluation but also has a "systems mindset" and will be a multiplier working in collaboration with other disciplines to arrive at an elegant, well-balanced design. - -Being an early-stage startup with a small team, both breadth and depth are extremely important. - We expect this person to be able to do detailed review and develop flight attitude determination and control algorithms, perform first principles "hand calcs" for rapid analytic results and quick checks, develop requirements flow-downs and appropriate margins, define flight limits, design and execute ADCS validation plans at both the system and component levels.Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the ADCS design efforts for multiple complete spacecraft mission lifecycles
  • Design a modular ADCS architecture that can be reused across a core multi-mission bus that is also adaptable to mission specific needs
  • Define requirements for ADCS subsystems working beside other subsystem teammates
  • Create pointing, agility, and positioning budgets to meet mission targeting, geolocation and stability requirements
  • Size, assess, and select ADCS sensors and actuators, performing make-vs-buy trades as needed. Work with TPMs to guide procurement and internal development projects.
  • Build and execute 6-DOF simulations to evaluate expected on-orbit performance
  • Develop control algorithms, flight attitude and position determination algorithms, environmental models, and additionally, ground-processing algorithms that enable higher accuracy determination than available on-orbit
  • Develop calibration approaches and associated ground support equipment
  • Inform/implement ADCS components in Muon's integrated systems modeling tools
  • Design the ADCS verification and validation approach for the spacecraft and acceptance tests for components -
  • Drive hardware-in-the-loop testing for ADCS algorithm and hardware verification
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to validate hardware systems at both the unit level and spacecraft levelRequirements
    • M.S. or higher degree in an engineering field, preferably with exposure to spacecraft dynamics and orbital mechanics
    • Knowledge of estimation and control theory
      • Extensive experience as a "team of one" ADCS/GNC engineer
      • Expertise in common numerical programming environments (Python - preferred, Matlab)
      • 4+ years of experience working on ADCS design/simulation for spacecraft or aerospace systems (each higher-level degree can count for 2 years of experience)
      • Extensive experience running dynamics simulations for spacecraft
      • Experience designing and executing ADCS component or system-level tests -
        • Excellent communication, presentation, and coordination skills
        • Dedication to finding resolutions based on the most important factors and data
        • Excited to work in a fast-paced environment with new opportunities each weekNice-to-have Skills
          • Software skills in C, C++
          • Experience as a systems engineer for spacecraft
          • Experience with spacecraft or related flight operations
          • Familiarity with software engineering tools and processes (version control, code review)
          • Working knowledge of propulsion and impacts to the ADCS system
          • Hands-on experience building test setupsOffering competitive pay-range from 95-165K with equity based on experience

Keywords: Muon Space Inc, Mountain View , Spacecraft ADCS Engineer (Mountain View, CA / Boulder, CO), Engineering , Mountain View, California

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