Mission Operations Engineer

  • SAIC, Inc
  • Greenbelt, MD, USA
  • Apr 01, 2021

Job Description

Description

SAIC is seeking a Senior Mission Operations Engineer on the OMES II contract in support of the OSAM-1 (On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing) program in NASA’s Exploration and In-Space Services Projects Division at Goddard Space Flight Center.  This position is located in Greenbelt, MD, but is currently remote due to COVID-19.

The OSAM-1 mission is a Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Exploration and In-Space Services Projects Division (NExIS) managed mission. OSAM-1 is a robotic servicing mission designed to refuel a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite. It contains 3 elements: the Flight Element comprised of the OSAM-1 Servicing Vehicle (RSV) and development testbeds, the Ground Element comprised of the systems required to conduct RSV operations and the supporting networks and facilities, and the Launch Element comprised of the Launch Vehicle and supporting facilities and services. NExIS is responsible for the design, engineering, development, test and operations of the OSAM-1 Mission through an integrated team at GSFC. The Servicing Payload design, development and RSV integration will be conducted at GSFC.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The engineer will provide operations support for the OSAM-1 Ground & Ops team. This is a Mission Operations position requiring broad experience in the Systems Engineering discipline, with a focus on planning and implementation of real-time operations with the OSAM-1 Servicing Vehicle (RSV). The candidate must be able to operate with a high level of autonomy, interfacing directly with PDLs, MSE, RGE, Maxar (spacecraft vendor), operating MPS, STK Scheduler, etc.

Job duties include:

  • ASIST development for the OSAM-1 Flight Operations Team.
  • Support for OSAM-1 Servicing Vehicle Simulator (RSV) for Testing events and Flight products testing.
  • Developing the Mission Operations Center (MOC) and Robot Mission Operations Center (ROBOMOC) position descriptions and responsibilities, and communication structure.
  • Supporting development of MOC/ROBOMOC visualization and situational awareness. 
  • Developing CONOPS for utilizing multiple commanding sources (MOC and ROBOMOC); and at different commanding rates.
  • Developing CONOPS for simulation/test and uplink of operational products (including maneuvers, stored command loads, and FSW/table uploads).
  • Supporting the OSAM-1 Ground Element (RGE) requirements verification testing.
  • Supporting development of operational/testing products including STOL procedures and telemetry displays.
  • Supporting End-to-End testing as well as Mission Readiness testing (which includes simulations and rehearsals).
  • Supporting development of core Flight Operations Team shift staffing profile, shift handover process, and reporting.

 

Qualifications

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering or comparable field
  • A minimum of nine (9) years of related experience required.
  • Mission Planning Software and STK Scheduler experience, preferably on a NASA program
  • CONOPS development experience
  • Have the ability to adapt and respond to changing circumstances and priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills

DESIRED EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience with requirements development, verification, and testing
  • Experience with development of operational and testing procedures, including STOL procedures
  • Telemetry & Command experience
  • Mission Operations experience at GSFC a plus
  • Experience managing a team of operations engineers, scheduling shift work, managing shift handover, etc.