Navigation System Analyst

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.

    The Systems Engineering Division (SED) provides unmatched experience in systems engineering to the U.S. government and to numerous public and private agencies, universities, nonprofit organizations, consortia, and commercial companies involved in the advanced application of space technology. From systems architecture development to system analysis and optimization, astrodynamics, orbital debris, navigation, failure analysis, mission assurance, cost and schedule assessment, and economic market analysis, SED exploits an incredibly broad array of engineering and business disciplines against a diverse and dynamic portfolio of programs and national challenges.

    The Aerospace Corporation is seeking an experienced Navigation Systems Analyst to provide positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) technical analyses in support of mission design studies and the development and operation of space, ground, and user systems. PNT services include orbit determination, geopositioning, space-based navigation (such as GPS), rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO), formation flying and a number of collateral disciplines, including parameter estimation, geodesy, satellite propagation, orbit software development and usage.

    The Aerospace Corporation is an open environment structured to foster multi-disciplinary relationships and apply the academic and industry expertise of our engineers, subject matter experts and key stakeholders to solve complex problems across a diverse portfolio of space programs.

    What You'll be Doing:
    • Perform a variety of assignments related to the accuracy of position and velocity determination, and trajectory analysis
    • Perform orbit determination for a variety of satellite missions using real and simulated data
    • Design and perform experiments to evaluate and improve orbit determination performance.
    • Study orbit determination performance for RPO, Formation Flying, and proliferated LEO systems.
    • Perform analyses and studies for next generation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) designs and architectures.
    • Conduct research to advance PNT technologies for national security space and civil/commercial space communities.
    • Participates in the design, development, and operation of orbit management and mission planning ground systems.
    • Interacting directly with stakeholders including program office and government customers supporting technical interchange meetings and design reviews and assessing contractor designs and analyses.


    What You Need to be Successful

    Minimum Requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited program in Engineering, Science, Mathematics or related technical discipline.
    • Experience in one or more of the following subjects: orbit determination, orbit prediction, orbit management systems, maneuver reconstruction, mission data processing, signal processing, space threats, formation flying, RPO, resilient systems, advanced PNT technologies, algorithm design, software development, or mathematical modeling.
    • Ability to support multiple programs and/or activities .
    • Proficiency with one or more of the following programming languages/tools: C, C++, Python, Fortran.
    • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
    • Willing to travel domestically to customer and contractor facilities.
    • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the US government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

    Minimum Requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited program in Engineering, Science, Mathematics or related technical discipline.
    • Experience in one or more of the following subjects: orbit determination, orbit prediction, orbit management systems, maneuver reconstruction, mission data processing, signal processing, space threats, formation flying, RPO, resilient systems, advanced PNT technologies, algorithm design, software development, or mathematical modeling.
    • Proficiency with one or more of the following programming languages/tools: C, C++, Python, Fortran.
    • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
    • Willing to travel domestically to customer and contractor facilities.
    • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the US government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.


    How You Can Stand Out

    It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:
    • Ability to build and foster effective working relationships with customers, contractors, Federally Funded Research & Development Center (FFRDC) and other personnel.
    • Graduate degree and/or research or professional experience in engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science, or related field.
    • Experience in satellite navigation topics, such as estimation theory, covariance analysis, orbital propagation and perturbations, satellite operations, relative navigation, rendezvous and proximity operations, formation flight, or space situational awareness.
    • Experience in applied mathematical topics, such as optimization, statistical estimation, and numerical analysis.
    • Experience in spacecraft or launch operations.
    • Current SSBI with an active TS/SCI clearance.
    • Current SAP access.


    We offer a competitive compensation package where you'll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. The grade-based pay range for this job is listed below. Individual salaries within that range are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge and skills.

    (Min - Mid - Max)
    $67,573 - $117,940 - $168,307

    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 310.336.5432 or by email at ieo.mailbox@aero.org . You can also review Know Your Rights : Workplace Discrimination is Illegal , as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement .
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