Navigation Engineer


DESCRIPTION: As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will be responsible for creating navigation and attitude determination designs for Blue’s aerospace vehicles. You should be comfortable in working in a fast-paced and often uncertain environment, contributing to innovative solutions, while demonstrating personal leadership, technical competence, and attention to detail. This position reports into the Flight Sciences team.
  • Support configuration design studies and develop prototype navigation system solutions
  • Develop navigation requirements with flow downs to subsystem levels and companion verification methods
  • Establish and build navigation software architectures and system components in MATLAB, Simulink and C
  • Support systems analysis with a cross-functional mindset to support system level architectural decisions
  • Perform analyses, including covariance and Monte Carlo simulations, to satisfy top-level system specifications and requirements
  • Assist in developing verification and validation procedures to ensure software products will perform as specified to meet system and subsystem requirements
  • Support the development and execution of component-level navigation test programs, including integrated on-vehicle testing
  • Support hardware-in-the-loop testing, on-vehicle functional testing, and flight testing
  • Identify opportunities for safety improvements and operational cost savings
  • B.S. in electrical, mechanical, or aerospace engineering with 5+ years of design experience
  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge in designing, testing and flying aerospace navigation systems for rockets, missiles and/or aerodynamic reentry systems
  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge in the development of navigation algorithms including mechanization, sensor compensation, state estimation, ground alignment and GPS measurement processing
  • Ability to develop system level requirements, decompose requirements to subsystems, perform trade studies, develop navigation analysis tools and perform analyses related to navigation for launch and space vehicles
  • Highly organized and capable of planning and guiding complex technical work
  • Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience with MATLAB and Simulink and associated autocoding practices
  • Able to identify problems, perform root cause analysis, and implement corrective actions
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien
  • M.S. or Ph.D. in electrical, mechanical, or aerospace engineering
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with inertial sensors, GPS receivers, star trackers and other navigation aids
  • Continuously manage risk and be comfortable with lean software development techniques
  • Solid system engineering and configuration management skills