Orbital ATK Careers

Principal Aerospace Engineer

Dulles, VA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JEZ20181902-43972

With projected annual revenues in of nearly $4.5 billion, approximately 12,000 employees, and operations in about 20 states, Orbital ATK is a company on the move. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission — whether it’s a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch, or protecting our nation. The company is the world’s leading supplier of solid rocket motors, a leading provider of launch vehicles, satellites and other space systems, and the nation’s largest manufacturer of ammunition.

Orbital ATK Space Systems Group designs, manufactures and operates small and medium-class spacecraft for communications, imaging, scientific, exploration and national security space applications. The Group is leading supplier of space components that power and enable satellites of all classes, provides technical engineering services to government agencies and laboratories, and is developing exciting new satellite servicing and advanced space flight technologies.

United in pride and shared goals, Orbital ATK employees come from diverse backgrounds and work together to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable solutions. Work with the best and unleash your potential.

If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, Orbital ATK is the company that will further your experience and career growth. We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, 401k, tuition reimbursement, and much more.


Support COTS GNC team with Cygnus performance validation.  Analyze Cygnus spacecraft GNC sub-systems in time domain and frequency domain.  Analyze attitude control systems and attitude determination systems using Matlab and Simulink. Develop and analyze fault, detection and correction systems.  Manage small teams to develop GNC subsystems to technical, schedule and budget constraints. Lead small special GNC study projects for CRS missions.  Support Mission Operations and analyze on-orbit telemetry.  Analyze rendezvous and docking related scenarios. Develop flight software in C/C++ using Rhapsody. Develop test scripts in different test platforms and post process test data. Develop GNC sub-systems spec.


Required Qualifications: BS Degree in Aerospace, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering (MS Degree preferred) with 7 yrs relevant experience in space industry

1) Proficient in C and C++ programming

2) Proficient in Matlab, Simulink and real time work shop tool

3) Ability to analyze control systems using time and frequency domain techniques

4) Ability to analyze and tune kalman filters for attitude determination and relative navigation

5) Experience with Earned Value Management System


Orbital ATK is applying entrepreneurial thinking and commercial practices to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable products and services to our customers and grow our core areas while harnessing new technologies that will take our products – and your ideas – into the future.  When encouraged to think beyond the ordinary, you’ll be amazed at what you can do!

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

EOE AA M/F/VET/Disability

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Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 5-8 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Space