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Seeking an engineer to work in the Guidance, Navigation, & Control (GNC) section at Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA. Wallops Island, VA is a remote location. This position will require an individual to be able to work individually and work in a team environment. Applicant will be the Attitude Control System or GNC engineer for sounding rocket missions. The application will support system development throughout the entire mission life cycle including launch at remote sites. Travel is required. Typical travel to the remote launch site lasts 4 to 6 weeks. This position will require an individual to be locally located to support efforts on base as well as be able to support required telework. Applicant will work on a variety of projects, typically multiple at any one time.
This position requires the ability to understand and apply a broad range of technical disciplines germane GNC problems. These areas include but are not limited to: control systems design and analysis, attitude and navigation solutions, software (C and others, real-time applications), electrical H/W – digital and mixed-signal, mechanical systems, cold gas pneumatics, and various sensors including rate gyros, inertial measurement units, star trackers, accelerometers, and magnetometers. The applicant will need to be able to understand and apply kinematic and dynamic analysis to the motion of sounding rocket payloads. The successful candidate will be able to troubleshoot and maintain existing custom electronic system designs and software elements and well as develop new H/W and S/W systems to support sounding rocket missions. The H/W includes microcontrollers, communications interfaces, analog inputs, DC-DC power supplies, etc. S/W will include real-time systems written in C with significant H/W interaction and interrupt handlers; RTOS’s are not used. Ground support equipment S/W uses a variety of programming languages including but not limited to: C, C++, C#, and Python. The applicant also must be able to adeptly communicate GNC concepts within the program and to the customer in written, oral, and presentation formats. The Applicant will be working with high pressure pneumatics systems. Additionally, this group has a significant manufacturing function that the applicant will support. This includes but not limited to: ordering raw material, performing fabrication, testing components, and planning build efforts.
This position supports NASA’s Sounding Rocket Operations Contract (NSROC) at the Wallops Flight Facility. NSROC supports approximately 18 sounding rocket shots per year. This program supports a range of scientific and government experiments. Missions are flown from a variety of launch sites including but not limited to: Wallops, White Sands Missile Range, Poker Flats Rocket Range, Alaska, Kwajalein, Andöya, Norway, and Svalbard. Applicants are encouraged to read about the Sounding Rocket Program and familiarize themselves with the Wallops Island area prior to applying.
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