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Principal/Senior Principal Engineer Guidance, Navigation and Control-Space

Company: Northrop Grumman
Location: Sterling
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Job Description:

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you'll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman's Tactical Space Systems area is seeking a motivated candidate that will fill the position of a Principal or Senior Principal Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) engineer. A spacecraft GNC engineer is responsible for contributing to the design, analysis, and testing of the GNC subsystem for the space vehicle. A spacecraft GNC engineer will work within the GNC subsystem team and is responsible for:

  • Design, analyze, and tune spacecraft attitude and position control loops using time and frequency domain techniques
  • Design, analyze, and tune sequential filters (e.g. Kalman filters) for attitude determination and relative navigation
  • Analyze and test the spacecraft GNC subsystem performance using simulations and other analytic tools
  • Implement GNC algorithms in flight software and support flight software qualification testing
  • Perform analysis to support early design phase concept development including actuator sizing and placement, sensor selection and placement, and predicted performance assessments
  • Develop simulation models for sensors (e.g. star tracker, rate gyro, accelerometer, GPS, magnetometer, sun sensors), actuators (e.g. reaction wheel, torque bar, thruster, CMG), system dynamics (e.g. rigid body, multi-body, orbit mechanics, flexible models), and the space environment (e.g. atmospheric, solar radiation pressure, third-body gravity, geopotential)
  • Apply engineering principles, industry standards, company process, and knowledge of vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics, propulsion, classical/modern control, and estimation theory to perform tasks to advanced program/project goals
  • Document designs, analysis, and test results and create presentation materials
  • Present designs, analysis, and test results to internal and external customers
  • Work well within small- to medium-sized groups This position can be offered at Principal or Senior principal level, depending on the years of experience each candidate offers. Please see the basic qualifications for details.

    Qualifications:

    Basic Qualifications for a Principal Engineer GNC candidate:
    • BS Degree in Engineering, Physics, or Math.
    • At least 5 years experience in Control Systems Engineering, in any field.
    • US Citizenship is required for this position Basic Qualifications for a Senior Principal Engineer GNC candidate:
      • BS Degree in Engineering, Physics, or Math.
      • At least 9 years experience in Control Systems Engineering, in any field.
      • US Citizenship is required for this position Preferred Qualifications:
        • MS or higher in Engineering, Physics, or Math.
        • Spacecraft-specific engineering experience.
        • Active Top Secret Clearance Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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