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Filter by Date: Jan 11, 2019

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 39761 

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia); El Segundo, CA (California)  

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning clandestine to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?



Reconnaissance Systems within the Imagery Programs Division provides technical support to National Space Systems across the entire spacecraft acquisition and operations cycle.  The Vehicle Engineering Division is responsible for overseeing acquisition, development, delivery, and integration of the spacecraft bus, which includes bus system engineering, bus hardware and software design, development and test, requirements sell-off, and vehicle level integration and test.  The Reconnaissance Systems Office is looking for a motivated and high-energy Flight Software Engineer to support software development for multiple bus and payload sub-systems.  In this position the Flight Software Engineer will apply personal and engineering matrix expertise to meet dynamic customer needs in a fast-paced environment.

This position can be filled as a (Level 2) Flight Software Engineer or a (Level 3) Senior Flight Software Engineer.



  • Provide technical expertise for flight software development including system engineering and programmatic assessments and independent studies
  • Task and work with high-performing Aerospace engineering matrix teams to support flight software development for multiple bus and payload units
  • Assure that flight software development adheres to the mission assurance standards
  • Liaison with customer team of a vital space program, including frequent communication, briefings, and technical discussion
  • Build working relationship with technical contractor team to influence successful program execution across contractor, customer, and Aerospace communities. 
  • Identify and direct potential innovative and risk reduction activities within the program office and in collaboration with the Aerospace engineering matrix.
  • The Flight Software Engineer is expected to apply flight software engineering vision to multiple units throughout the program life cycle (design, coding, unit integration and test, platform integrational and test)
  • The Senior Flight Software Engineer is expected to provide flight software engineering vision to multiple units throughout the program life cycle (design, coding, unit integration and test, platform integrational and test)



Flight Software Engineer

  • 8 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering or scientific experience
  • Experience with the systems engineering and software development lifecycles and experience in acquiring or developing large software-based systems 
  • Familiarity with software development lifecycle, process, quality, and mission assurance standards 
  • Ability to occasionally travel to other Aerospace and vendor, subcontractor, or contractor facilities
  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering, computer science, scientific, or related field from a recognized institution
  • Current TS/SSBI 
  • This position requires the ability to have and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.


In addition to the above the Senior Flight Software Engineer requirements are:

  • 12 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering or scientific experience
  • Proficiency with the systems engineering and software development lifecycles and proficiency in acquiring or developing large software-based systems 



  • Advanced degree in computer science, computer engineering, systems engineering, electrical engineering, or a related engineering or scientific field
  • Proficiency with large-scale and embedded software development
  • Experience with traditional and agile-based software development methodologies
  • Familiarity with Unified Modeling Language and other software development tools
  • Familiarity with spacecraft control electronics (processor and memory)
  • Familiarity with use of spacecraft simulators in the development of flight software.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environments, complete tasks on short deadlines, and solve ill-defined problems
  • Experience with design, analysis, test, and sell-off of flight software for space systems
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and lead corporate matrix support capabilities
  • Experience working with national security space customers
  • Exceptionally high level of innovation, creativeness, and personal initiative
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships across all levels of customer, contractor and corporate staff.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Ability to edit technical content for clarity; ability to present clear, concise briefings; ability to write well-crafted reports and assessments

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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: PROJ ENGINEER 

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph 

Relocation Available:  Yes 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.


Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

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