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Small Satellite Ground Engineer

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Date: Nov 10, 2017

Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 27961 

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia) 



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?

With the continued emergence and growth of the new space marketplace, Aerospace and its customers are looking to leverage this opportunity for leveraging small satellites to provide mission utility and diversify architecture options.    The Aerospace Corporation is looking for motivated and talented forward thinking engineers and scientists to join the team developing the next generation ground to enable implementation of these small satellites.  The Small Satellite Ground Engineer will ensure the successful implementation of a small satellite ground architecture in a dynamic and fast-paced development environment.  An innovative, versatile and self-motivated individual will be able to make a big impact in the application of small satellites for future mission needs..  


  • Architecture development and acquisition of a small satellite common ground enterprise in support of a research and development program office.  
  • Work directly with our government customers and their contractors to accomplish development milestones and manage risk.  
  • Leverage and guide Aerospace expertise across other ground development activities (i.e. MMSOC, GMSEC...) to facilitate successful development and implementation of an R&D enterprise solution
  • Develop recommendations for program actions to ensure future R&D small satellites successfully operate end-to-end from mission requests to delivered product



  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, or computer science  from a recognized institution



  • 12+ years of increasing responsible experience in ground system development or related field
  • Experience in supporting the planning and development of ground architectures and/or programs. 
  • Superior interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work closely with senior government management
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly dynamic Program Office environment with a mix of government, FFRDC, and SETA personnel.  
  • Current Top Secret/SSBI/SCI is required.  
  • This position requires the ability to maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.



  • An advanced degree in engineering, computer science or related applicable technical discipline
  • Experience with Enterprise solutions that enable modular additions of command and control, mission management and data processing (i.e. NASA GMSEC, USAF MMSOC...)
  • Strong, demonstrated personal initiative
  • Experience leading evaluation of software systems 
  • Demonstrated expertise in scoping, leading and completing projects with a matrixed organization 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of systems engineering processes, project management, risk management and standards and practices.



  • Position requires sitting most of the time at a workstation, using a computer
  • Exposure to general office noise
  • Local travel to off-site meetings and air travel to Aerospace or Customer office locations is required.
  • Ability to communicate with individuals and groups in person, by phone and telepresence.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will typically work in an office environment.

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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: PROJECT LEADER SR  

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret 

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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