Senior GNC Engineer

Irvine, California, United States expand job description ↓


Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Inc., a Terran Orbital company, is seeking a Principal Guidance, Navigation, and Controls Engineer in our manufacturing facility headquarters in Irvine, CA. As a Guidance, Navigation, and Controls engineer, the candidate the will join a collaborative team to develop innovative nano-satellite vehicle solutions for multiple projects. The individual will be responsible for a wide range of analysis, software, hardware, test, integration, and documentation in a fast-paced environment.


  • Design, analysis, implementation, and testing of Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) algorithms for spacecraft and launch vehicles
  • Develop and maintain high-fidelity 6-DOF simulations with Matlab/Simulink
  • Vehicle control system architecture sizing and definition
  • Software in the loop and hardware in the loop testing
  • Development concept of operations and participation in mission simulations and mission operations


Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D., M.S., or B.S. in engineering field with 3+ years of direct experience
  • Demonstrated GNC and software development using Matlab and Simulink
  • Strong fundamental understanding of orbital dynamics and classical mechanics
  • Highly motivated, self-starting, and able to perform duties autonomously without supervision
  • Passion for the NewSpace industry

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience with design of spacecraft rendezvous and proximity operations, fault detection/isolation/recovery, flexible body control, Kalman Filtering, MEMS and GPS sensors
  • Hands on experience with small satellites, robotic systems, or similar
  • c++ and Python


Salary and benefits are market competitive.

100% paid PPO medical benefits plan for eligible employees + family.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen with eligibility to obtain a Secret Clearance.

Terran Orbital/Tyvak is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, veteran status, disability status, mental or physical disability, or any other legally protected status.

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