Orbital ATK Careers

Principal Aerospace Engineer

Dulles, VA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JEZ20181902-43973

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 CRS Mission with GNC and Systems requirements analysis and help understand requirements flow down to subsystems. Work with commercial requirements tool like DOORS. Work with Systems Engineering and program management and understand mission level requirements and manage risks. Manage budget and schedule on special projects.  Perform hardware trades and work with suppliers.  Develop pointing and knowledge budgets. Participate in GNC subsystem design and software requirements review, preliminary and critical design reviews, integration readiness review and GNC design and software acceptance reviews. Design and develop complex GNC algorithm and software systems, including design, coding and testing. Develop orbit and attitude guidance laws and analyze them using traditional and Monte Carlo analysis method.  Analyze and develop delta-v control systems. Analyze and design rendezvous and docking systems for close proximity (RPO) operations.  Formulate and design GNC software system, using scientific analysis and mathematical models to predict and measure outcome and consequences of the design. Develop test plans in different test platforms in conjunction with Systems teams.  Make frequent contacts with customers both internal and external concerning design and maintenance of GNC software. Represent the company in providing solutions to difficult technical problems associated with specific projects. Analyze GNC algorithm and software requirements to determine feasibility of design within time and cost constraints. Support proposal efforts and present GNC analysis, test and design of software. Coordinates installation of GNC algorithm and software system and the engineering configuration management software changes/development. Performs other duties as assigned or required.


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


1) Familiarity with Rhapsody development environment

2) C/C++ programming experience

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

4) Analyze requirements at subsystem level and understand requirements flow down

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

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

7) Experience with missions involved with rendezvous and proximity operations

8) Ability to develop subsystem and software test plans

9) 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