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Filter by Date: May 9, 2019

Filter by Location: Greenbelt, MD, US, 20771

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45117 

All Locations: Greenbelt, MD (Maryland) 

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 government 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?


The Civil Systems Group Operational Programs (OP) team has responsibility for the mission success of multi-agency operational satellite programs where NASA has responsibility for mission system development and integration.  These programs are Landsat, Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES). Their mission systems integrate spacecraft bus(es), instrument suites, ground stations, command, control and data processing systems, and operations and engineering staffs distributed worldwide. The success of these highly integrated systems demands a rigorous, disciplined mission systems engineering approach that harmonizes system development, procurement practices, systems integration, operations readiness, and transition from development to operations. Aerospace’s role is to serve as trusted members of multi-agency, multi-contractor development, integration, and/or operations teams to drive mission success. 


Key Functions

  • This role provides direct engineering support and technical leadership to the GOES-R Series Ground Project in the area of Sustainment.  
  • As a member of the GOES-R Ground System Project Sustainment Team, you will be responsible to architect and implement system upgrades to improve performance and ensure longevity of the operational GOES-R Series Ground System. 
  • Areas of engagement include, but are not limited to: architecture, requirements, design, integration, test, and verification of applications and networks across a complex integrated ground system.
  • The duties include: teaming with stakeholders to identify and prioritize potential upgrades; synthesis of candidate architecture(s) to support the upgrades; objective selection of optimal architecture(s); working with ground system vendors to design, implement, and test the selected upgrades; identification, mitigation, and resolution of upgrade technical risks and/or issues impacting development and/or ongoing operations; assessment and communication of upgrade status to Ground Project management. 




  • A baccalaureate degree or equivalent experience in engineering, physical science, or equivalent technical discipline is required.
  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional experience and applicable direct experience with large distributed and cloud-based enterprise IT solutions.
  • Proven knowledge and expertise in at least one core area of systems engineering — requirements, design, development, integration, test — is required.
  • The proven capability to evaluate issues and solve problems from a systems perspective is required.
  • Proven ability to coordinate work across multiple Government agencies and vendors is required. 
  • Self-sufficiency, initiative, and excellent written and oral communication skills are required.  
  • The ability and motivation to work effectively and collaboratively with Government, Aerospace and Contractor personnel are required. 



  • An advanced degree in engineering, physical science, or equivalent technical discipline is desired.
  • Experience with NASA or NOAA-developed or acquired ground systems is highly desired.   
  • Experience and in depth knowledge of current NOAA satellite data operations is highly desired. 
  • Established ability and experience working joint projects between multiple government agencies and organizations is highly desired. 
  • Experience in multiple areas of spacecraft ground systems engineering is highly desired.
  • The ability to analyze a broad array of technical information and identify salient points is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform independent analysis and prepare and present clear and concise technical reports is highly desired. 


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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: None 

Access: None 

Polygraph: None 

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.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance.  U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

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, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at 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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