• Trajectory Analyst and Mission Designer - Advanced Development Programs

    Job Locations US-WA-Kent
    Advanced Development Programs
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  • Overview

    As part of a small, passionate, and accomplished team of experts on the advanced concepts team, you will be responsible for the trajectory analysis and mission design for various spaceflight systems. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration, and your dedicated commitment and detailed attention will further the cause of safe and repeatable spaceflight.


    • Model and optimize Earth-to-orbit trajectories for a range of launch vehicle configurations.
    • Identify launch windows for beyond-LEO missions given myriad constraints.
    • Perform in-space mission design and trajectory analysis, including multi-body transfer orbits and destinations such as Lagrange points and halo orbits.  
    • Incorporate and validate aerodynamic data and be able to generate simple aerodynamic models for well-characterized bodies.
    • Incorporate propulsion system models across the entire range of thrust classes: from electric propulsion to first-stage booster engines.
    • Use a fundamental knowledge of flight and orbital mechanics to sanity check the results of inscrutable computer programs.
    • Work closely with systems and design engineers to develop integrated design solutions and rapidly assess conceptual designs.
    • Write cogent and succinct technical memos and devise innovative, intuitive, and delightful ways to visualize quantitative information.


    • Minimum of a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering or equivalent
    • 5+ years industry experience in trajectory optimization and mission design
    • Expertise using trajectory analysis tools such as OTIS, STK Astrogator, or Copernicus.
    • Experience with a scripting language or platform such as MATLAB or Python
    • Experience working collaboratively in small teams on fast-paced projects
    • Exhibit excellent judgement and be comfortable making high-quality and high-velocity decisions
    • 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. in Aerospace Engineering
    • Familiarity with version control, preferably Git.
    • Experience with collaboration tools such as Confluence and JIRA



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