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Orbital Analyst [2020-58]

Prototype Operations I (POPS-I)

This position supports satellite operations at the RDT&E Support Complex (RSC) on Kirtland AFB, performing orbit analysis and provide satellite mission engineering support to a variety of satellites in Low Earth, Medium, and Geosynchronous Orbits. This person is responsible for ensuring accurate determination of spacecraft orbits, collision avoidance (COLA) analysis and plans, maneuver planning, scripting to automate tasks, identification of solar and lunar intrusion conditions on spacecraft sensors, generation of satellite event tables and evaluation of future orbit software and systems. The position supports a 24/7 operations center. The position may require periodic shift work and availability for on-call support.

Required Skills:

• Knowledge of flight dynamics software, thruster modeling, and satellite attitude control systems

• Knowledge and ability to adjust analytical processes to address unique situations/events

• Maintain accurate tracking station pointing data

• Maintain accurate satellite ephemeris and support data

• Maintain satellite position and attitude within specifications

• Conduct routine orbit determination and prediction

• Produce antenna viewing angle, sun and lunar eclipse reports

• Predict sensor intrusions

• Perform maneuver modeling, planning, execution, and verification

• Interface with Air Force customer, space vehicle factory support, Aerospace Corp. and others.

• Coordinate with operations personnel on issues related to orbit determination and ephemeris generation, orbital position uncertainty estimates, collision prediction and maneuver design

• Experience in satellite operations or mission engineering support

• Knowledge of satellite ground control systems, Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN)

• Development of in-house software tools and processes and practices to reduce operator workload. Experience with coding languages such as Matlab, Perl, VBScript, VBA Scripting.

• Experience providing analyst or engineering support on one or more satellite subsystems


Bachelor of Science degree preferred, but years of satellite operations experience can be used as substitute

2-10 years of experience

Albuquerque, NM

TS/SCI or SCI eligibility preferred

Summer 2021

$70K - $110K

U.S. Citizenship is required. An Equal Opportunity Employer. Please visit the Equal Employment Opportunity link below for further information.
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