Mission Operations

Irvine, California, United States · Mission Operations expand job description ↓


Tyvak is a leading worldwide provider of nanosatellite and microsatellite vehicles, services, and solutions. Nanosatellites are a disruptor in the space technology realm and provide increased capabilities at a fraction of the cost of larger satellites. There are many benefits to using nanosatellites. Aside from being versatile and inexpensive, nanosatellites provide natural redundancy of systems to your mission. There are significant applications for today’s small satellites, from the rescue, repair and deorbit of larger satellites to disaster, weather and border monitoring capabilities.

This position is in Irvine California. A mission operations engineer will report to the mission operations team lead, and will assist in the operation of on orbit spacecraft as well as the final testing of those spacecraft prior to delivery. A mission operations engineer is expected to interface with systems engineers to develop spacecraft flight plans, ground and flight software teams to ensure the system can execute those plans, and the integration and test team to ensure the spacecraft is tested in a flight like manner.

A mission operations engineer is expected write and follow flight plans and procedures, which may take the form of document based or script based procedures. In addition, you will be expected to gain technical knowledge of the spacecraft in order recognize, diagnose, and correct on-orbit anomalies. As part of the collaborative team, the Operations Engineer will develop the mission operations’ architecture including vehicle control interface, ground segment infrastructure, and automated data delivery.

As a spacecraft operator, you are expected to adapt to the chaotic environment that is a spacecraft launch. This may involve long and/or irregular hours, as well as on-the-fly problem solving and decision making. The ability to adapt to changing environments and quickly learn new skills / systems is highly desired.


  • Required Skills:
  1. Excellent communication skills and ability to excel and make decisions in a fast-paced environment
  2. Experience with fast paced problem solving, or other real-time engineering effort
  3. Knowledge of spacecraft system and subsystem interactions. Direct experience with small satellites or satellite fleets is preferred.
  4. Ability to learn new processes and tools quickly and utilize them effectively.
  5. Fluent in at least one high level scripting language (python preferred)
  6. BS or MS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or equivalent degree
  7. U.S. Citizen; able to obtain and maintain TS/SCI clearances
  8. Familiarity with Linux, Shell scripting

Desired Skills

  • C/C++ programming, Javascript or web design experience
  • Familiarity with radio and/or RF communications (such as Amateur Radio Operator)
  • Experience with databases (SQL)
  • Highly motivated, self-starting, and able to perform duties autonomously without supervision.
  • Passion for the NewSpace industry.


Tyvak offers a competitive benefit package.

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