Senior GNC Systems Engineer

Irvine, California, United States · 001 expand job description ↓


Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Inc., a Terran Orbital company, is seeking a motivated GNC Systems Engineer in Irvine, CA. The candidate the will join a collaborative team to develop innovative nano- and micro-satellite vehicle solutions for a multitude of programs. The individual will be responsible for a wide range of analysis, data review, and mission operations in a fast-paced environment.


  • Research and develop simulations and algorithms for various space situational awareness related topics including orbit determination, stochastic processes, error propagation, collision probability analysis, and sensor analysis
  • Development of concept of operations, power budgets, and mission sensor analysis for current and new programs
  • Development of algorithms and tools to assist in spacecraft planning and vehicle sizing analyses
  • Participation in mission simulations and mission operations


Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. or Ph.d or engineering field with 5+ years of flight dynamics and spacecraft operations experience
  • Mastery of rigid body dynamics, orbital dynamics, and classical mechanics
  • Strong fundamental understanding of trajectory optimization and numerical optimization algorithms
  • High competency in Matlab/Simulink
  • Highly motivated, self-starting, and able to perform duties autonomously without supervision
  • Passion for the NewSpace industry

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience developing software and analysis tools in C++ and Python
  • 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


  • Salary and benefits are market competitive.
  • 100% paid PPO medical benefits plan for eligible employees + family.

To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

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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