• Guidance Navigation & Control Engineer - New Shepard

    Job Locations US-WA-Kent
    New Shepard
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  • Overview

    As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will be responsible for creating guidance, navigation and control (GN&C) software for New Shepard, our suborbital human transportation system. You should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, contributing to innovative solutions, while demonstrating personal leadership, technical competence, and attention to detail. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.


    • Develop guidance, navigation and control requirements with flow downs to subsystem and software levels and companion verification methods
    • Establish and build GN&C software architectures and control system components in MATLAB, Simulink, and C
    • Conduct stability and performance assessments including development of linear and non-linear models
    • Develop verification and validation procedures to ensure software products will perform as specified to meet system and subsystem requirements
    • Perform analyses, including simulations and Monte-Carlo, to satisfy top-level system specifications and requirements
    • Perform plant model validation using test and flight data
    • Support systems analysis with a cross-functional mindset to support system level architectural decisions
    • Support the development and execution of GNC software unit testing, software-on-target testing, hardware-in-the-loop testing, on-vehicle functional testing, and flight testing
    • Support configuration design studies and develop prototype control system solutions.
    • Identify opportunities for safety improvements and operational cost savings



    • B.S. in electrical, mechanical, physics, mathematic, or aerospace engineering
    • Demonstrated advanced knowledge in designing, testing and flying aerospace guidance and control systems for rockets, missiles, and aerodynamic reentry systems
    • Highly organized and capable of planning and guiding complex technical work
    • Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills
    • Demonstrated experience with MATLAB and Simulink and associated autocoding practices
    • Able to identify problems, perform root cause analysis, and implement corrective actions
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


    • M.S. or Ph.D. in electrical, physics, mathematic, mechanical, aerospace or other related engineering disciplines
    • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with inertial sensors, GPS receivers, and other navigation aids
    • Demonstrated knowledge in vehicle state estimation
    • Demonstrated experience in modern control design techniques
    • Demonstrated advanced knowledge in the development of exo-atmospheric attitude control systems
    • Hands-on experience with hardware-in-the-loop testing and test development
    • Continuously manage risk and be comfortable with lean software development techniques
    • Solid system engineering and configuration management skills


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