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General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Satellite Orbit Analysis Engineer in Centennial, Colorado

Job ID#: 30759BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Satellite Orbit Analysis Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

City: Centennial

State: Colorado

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: No

Job Summary:

General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) designs and manufactures first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and electric power generation systems. GA-EMS’ expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions support critical fleet, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and process and monitoring applications for defense, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Satellite Orbit Analysis Engineer working on satellite systems to join our Space Systems Engineering team located in Centennial, Colorado.


  • Provide orbital mechanics subject matter expertise to GA Satellite Engineering team for present and future space missions

  • Support Satellite Operations and Space System development

  • Decompose mission requirements into propulsion subsystem-level for Delta-V and system performance requirements for LEO, MEO, and GEO missions

  • Construct and manage mission delta-V budgets

  • Establish delta-V requirements for orbit injection error correction

  • Analyze impacts of active and passive deorbit strategies on mission timelines, develop requirements and assist in creation of hardware specifications.

  • Evaluate solar array illumination for various solar array configurations and attitude control schemes

  • Determine GPS receiver accuracy requirements to ensure system performance is achieved

  • Analyze communications system antenna coverage and payload sensor coverage using STK (or similar tool)

  • Establish mission orbit determination methodologies and assist in creation of algorithms

  • Determine short-term/long-term impacts of orbit perturbations on orbital elements

  • Establish debris/collision avoidance procedures to include planning of maneuvers and status reporting

  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a bachelor's or master's degree in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and two or more years of engineering experience with a bachelor's degree. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.

  • General Orbital Mechanics knowledge is required.

  • Experience with at least one satellite mission simulation tool (e.g. Systems tool kit (STK), GMAT, FreeFlyer, MONTE) is required,

  • Experience with at least 1 scripting language (e.g. MATLAB, Python) is required.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Security Clearance is required.

  • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately and organize work assignments to meet established timetables.

  • Good communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

  • Must be able to work extended hours as required and be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and workloads.

  • US citizenship is required

Desired Skills:

  • Understanding evolution of orbit parameters in response to various perturbations

  • Experience developing delta-V budgets using both low-fidelity environments (i.e. Hohmann, Lambert) and high-fidelity simulations (i.e. STK) for both Low and High thrust propulsion systems

  • Experience with AGI products, specifically Orbit Determination Toolkit (ODTK), Space Environment Effects Tool (SEET), and Astrogator

  • Experience with evaluating GPS receiver performance

  • Experience with at least 1 compiled language and familiarity with object-oriented programing

  • Familiarity with Two-Line Element sets, SGP4, and various other orbital propagation algorithms

  • Experience performing orbit determination

Each job has a salary range which identifies the minimum, midpoint (market) and maximum base pay for the job. Pay rates are established based on the individual's knowledge, skill, experience and education/training needed to perform the job. The salary range for this position is $72,413-$108,619.

US Citizenship Required?: Yes

Experience Level: Entry-Level (0-2 years)

Relocation Assistance Provided?: No

General Atomics and affiliated companies is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.