Flight and Trajectory Analyst


DESCRIPTION: As a Flight and Trajectory Analyst, you will support the development and verification of launch vehicle, reentry vehicle and spacecraft concepts for human spaceflight. This position is analysis focused. You will support system and subsystem analysis and sizing in early phases of projects in support of initial system design trade studies.  You will need technical depth in flight vehicle mission performance analysis, flight dynamics and modeling, optimization techniques, structural response modeling, and systems engineering processes.  You will also be required to have the technical breadth to work in close collaboration with domain experts in related fields (such as dynamics, structures, thermal/fluids analysis, recovery system analysis, aerodynamics, sensors, data reduction, business and cost modeling, and test). This position reports into the Flight Sciences team.
  • Dynamics modeling and trajectory design
  • System performance modeling in 3DOF, 6DOF, and 6DOF+ simulations
  • Requirements analysis and traceability, functional analysis 
  • Configuration development, detailed design, trade studies and verification activities
  • Technical performance monitoring
  • Development and maintenance of system analysis documentation and databooks
  • Participation in gated reviews
  • Gaining proficiency with the systems engineering methodology, tools, and tailoring of processes required to complete assigned systems engineering tasks
  • Support other lead engineers as necessary and agreed upon with team management
  • B.S. degree or higher in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering and at least ten years of experience in flight dynamics, flight performance, or trajectory design
  • Extensive system analysis experience (more than five years) preferably on aerospace systems
  • Knowledge of current systems engineering tools and methodologies
  • Some experience with one or more of the following specialties: systems engineering, systems architecture, configuration design, flight mechanics, orbital mechanics, FMECA, hazard analysis, operations analysis, cost estimation, mass properties estimation, subsystems (control design, reaction control, propulsion, structures, mechanisms, avionics, thermal/fluid systems, human accommodations)
  • Knowledge of relevant engineering standards 
  • Preference for and ability to thrive as a member of a tightly integrated team
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien
  • Demonstrated ability solving a variety of complex problems using a combination of analysis and hands-on laboratory testing
  • Experience in launch and spacecraft vehicles
  • Skills with one or more simulation, dynamics, and performance modeling tools (e.g.,  Simulink, POST, SORT, OTIS, STK Astrogator, LSDyna)
  • Skills with one or more fluid or thermal modeling tools (e.g., ANSYS Workbench, ANSYS Classic, SINDA/FLUINT, TMG, CFD++, Fluent CFD, SPF, Thermal Desktop, Trasys, MINIVER)
  • Experience with CAD applications, such as ProEngineer
  • Proficiency in one or more programming languages (e.g., C/C++, FORTRAN, MATLAB) 
  • Experience applying heuristic and functional decomposition techniques to scope the design and development of new architectures
  • Experience leading system and program level trade studies to balance programmatic and technical goals