Orbital ATK Kestrel Mission Ops/Ground Systems Engineer in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Kestrel Mission Ops/Ground Systems Engineer

Locations:Colorado Springs, CO

Categories: Engineering and Sciences


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Job ID:ETF20181605-45744

Kestrel Mission Ops/Ground Systems Engineer– Colorado Springs, CO

With projected annual revenues in of nearly $4.5 billion, approximately 12,000 employees, and operations in about 20 states, Orbital ATK is a company on the move. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission — whether it’s a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch, or protecting our nation. The company is the world’s leading supplier of solid rocket motors, a leading provider of launch vehicles, satellites and other space systems, and the nation’s largest manufacturer of ammunition.

Orbital ATK Space Systems Group designs, manufactures and operates small and medium-class spacecraft for communications, imaging, scientific, exploration and national security space applications. The Group is leading supplier of space components that power and enable satellites of all classes, provides technical engineering services to government agencies and laboratories, and is developing exciting new satellite servicing and advanced space flight technologies.

United in pride and shared goals, Orbital ATK employees come from diverse backgrounds and work together to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable solutions. Work with the best and unleash your potential.

If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, Orbital ATK is the company that will further your experience and career growth. We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, 401k, tuition reimbursement, and much more.


This position works under general supervision to support a development and simulated multi-spacecraft operations environment, primarily simulating the operation of a US Air Force-like mission operations center. The candidate will be required to have some working knowledge of real-time operation of on-orbit satellites. The candidate will be required to support the enhancement of existing tools as well as support the development of new tools to support the planning and execution of multi-satellite operations.

Required Qualifications:

  • Requires BS (i.e. Engineering, Physics, Computer Science) & 2 years or Masters Degree or equivalent combination of education & experience.

  • Current TS/SCI is desirable.

  • Current TS/SSBI is acceptable.

  • Must be able to work nights/weekends/holidays in support of real-time operations

  • Previous experience with real-time spacecraft operations required.

  • Previous experience with real-time operations in a US Air Force environment is desired.

  • Previous experience with Flight Dynamics (e.g. orbit determination, maneuver planning) is desired.

  • Previous experience in Offensive/Defensive Counterspace is desirable.

  • Experience working with Python, Matlab, and FreeFlyer are highly desirable.

Orbital ATK is applying entrepreneurial thinking and commercial practices to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable products and services to our customers and grow our core areas while harnessing new technologies that will take our products – and your ideas – into the future. When encouraged to think beyond the ordinary, you’ll be amazed at what you can do!

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D

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Job Type:Full Time

Desired Travel:less than 25%

Years of Experience:3-5 Years