Entry, Descent & Landing Parachutes Technical Specialist

Full Time

    Job Description

    The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation's space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space- delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you'll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

    At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration - to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

    Building on The Aerospace Corporation's reputation as a trusted, impartial advisor with integrity and dedication to mission success, the Civil Systems Group (CSG) combines deep technical expertise with market-leading innovation to help our customers solve complex systems engineering and integration challenges. CSG is organized by core customer-facing lines of business to manage and grow programs within NASA, NOAA, USGS, and the NNSA , while extending our capabilities to other civilian federal government agencies fully integrated within Aerospace rules, regulations, processes, values and behaviors.

    This position is for an Entry, Descent & Landing Parachutes Technical Specialist. In this role you will support NASA Johnson Space Center's Engineering Directorate in monitoring the design, development, testing, and preflight packing of parachutes associated with NASA and commercial human rated and logistics spacecrafts.

    This will be an onsite position based at Johnson Space Center in Texas.

    What You'll Be Doing
    • Serve as a highly proactive technical specialist, understanding issues and formulating options/recommendations, while working closely for the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Aeroscience and Flight Mechanics Division and collaborating with Kennedy Space Center, and across other offices, teams, working groups and panels.
    • Support the assessment of flight dynamics model correlation on the Commercial Crew Program (CCP) providers' parachutes and parachute systems using data from test and analyses.
    • Support parachute development including requirements verification, drop test participation and independent post-test analysis, pre-flight packaging verification in plant, and reentry and parachute deployment modeling and post deployment assessment
    • If requested, support NASA in the architecture, research, and development of prototype next generation parachute technology.
    • If requested, support NASA in initiating the parachute development and support for Gateway and other exploration/deep-space logistics spacecrafts.
    • Support the overall development and coordinating reach back into Aerospace subject matter experts for flight dynamic predictive models for parachutes
    • Develop periodic status reports and presentations
    • Develop special reports/discussions of findings, issues, conclusions, recommendations, and risk assessments
    • Coordinate requirements, technical objectives, interfaces, standards, issues and findings with subject matter experts and stakeholders

    What You Need to be Successful

    Minimum Requirements:
    • A bachelor's degree or advanced degree from an accredited program in a technical discipline
    • 6 or more years of increasingly responsible and related engineering/scientific experience
    • Knowledge of human space flight preparation for flight technical processes
    • Have test experience including execution of test requirements, verification and validation processes, procedure, planning, preparing for Test Readiness Reviews, logistical coordination pre and at test site, and test execution for flight hardware and ground systems.
    • Experience working across diverse teams and different engineering disciplines
    • Knowledge of space flight certification processes to ensure performance and safety requirements are met
    • Developing project management skills
    • Ability to work within a team environment, where the team is distributed across multiple agencies, organizations, projects and programs
    • Ability to identify and communicate concerns to leadership in a diplomatic manner

    How You Can Stand Out

    It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:
    • 5+ years' experience with NASA or on NASA commercial systems parachute programs
    • Familiarity with: NASA's Human Space Flight Programs, NASA Commercial Crew Program's SpaceX Crewed Dragon and Boeing's CST-100, any of the NASA's Commercial Resupply Services Program's logistics modules.
    • Ability to travel for testing as well as to visit parachute preparation and packaging sites

    Ways We Reward Our Employees

    During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

    Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:
    • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
    • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
    • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
    • 401(k) Plan - Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
    • Flexible spending accounts
    • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
    • Relocation assistance
    • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
    • Education assistance programs
    • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

    We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other-the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

    Equal Opportunity Commitment

    The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative 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 at or by email at . You can also review Know Your Rights : Workplace Discrimination is Illegal , as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement .