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Mission Operations Infrastructure Engineer - Space Mobility

Company: Blue Origin
Location: Reston
Posted on: November 17, 2022

Job Description:

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. Join us in enabling Blue Origin's vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth!As part of a small, hardworking, and accomplished team, you will lead the physical infrastructure development for the Mission Operations facilities within Blue Origin's Advanced Development Programs. You will be responsible for conceiving, developing, testing, and deploying innovative and modern ground systems that enable Earth-based operators to perform mission-critical functions in support of space operations. These include Mission Control workstations, voice systems and display systems; data-centers for highly reliable computational and storage resources; space-to-ground communications systems; fault-tolerant, high-capacity networks connecting mission nodes; and data interfaces and data transport between Blue Origin, customers, and partners.You will work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, contributing innovative solutions, while demonstrating personal leadership, technical competence, and attention to detail. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and reliable spaceflight.We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!Responsibilities:

  • Specify, design, implement, test, verify and deploy flight operations, safety-critical systems, ensuring the success of the overall Mission Element (hardware/software) supporting Space Mobility operations.
  • Perform trade studies to determine the architecture and capabilities of mission systems to best meet mission operations requirements, cost and schedule
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams, including engineers representing flight vehicle systems, ground software, flight control operators and customers to define ground system and data communications requirements, architectures, and designs that enable highly effective and labor-efficient real-time spacecraft and ground system operation, systems performance assessment and inter-team communication and coordination
  • Develop rapid prototypes to prove out concepts and quantify technical risks
  • Integrate components, create and run unit tests, validate on Software-in-the-Loop and Hardware-in-the-Loop simulators, and certify systems for training and flight
  • Coordinate with flight control software and mission system engineers to plan, develop, and lead system verification and qualification, to ensure that mission systems products meet system requirements and safety-critical standards.
  • Lead the effort to integrate Blue Origin facilities, ground systems, and ground-space communications networks as the foundation for Blue Origin lunar missions
  • Develop and maintain ground-to-ground interface control documents (ICDs); contribute to space-to-ground ICDs; and define and perform verification and validation events for these interfaces.
  • Produce technical documentation for ground data system architecture, design, verification plans, user manual and training material.
  • Follow development processes that meet Blue Origin and customer-required standards to ensure mission systems safety and reliability.
  • Support frequent update cycles for pre-flight testing, mission validation exercises and operations training events.
  • Support mission control infrastructure operations responsibilities (maintenance, flaw correction, enhancements) during operator training, spacecraft integration and flight.Qualifications:
    • B.S. or higher degree in computer engineering, electrical engineering, or related field or equivalent experience.
    • 5+ years of relevant space-related ground systems development experience.
    • Experience in network engineering and relevant equipment (routers, firewalls, etc.)
    • Familiar with typical network security methods.
    • Experience in developing Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) and handling customer related SCIF requirements.
    • Experience in facilities management and/or office facility buildouts pertaining to HVAC, power systems, networking, and other human factors.
    • Experience in one or more of the following: radio frequency (RF) communications system design and analysis, network communications, data-center development and/or commercial cloud-based datacenter utilization, voice loop systems, ground-based communications antenna and electronics design, deployment, and maintenance.
    • Experience in engineering over the full lifecycle of development, including system design and analysis, requirement capture and development, implementation and verification, system integration, qualification, and release.
    • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast paced, dynamic work environment
    • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion.
    • Demonstrated track record of resourcefulness from their previous assignments
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.Desired:
      • TS/SCI + Poly or ability to obtain TS/SCI + Poly or other relevant security clearance.
      • Experience developing software, supporting teams with oversight and control of systems in mission-critical applications (e.g. spaceflight, nuclear power, automotive, etc.)
      • Experience with distributed mission operations and coordination across different operation center facilities.
      • On-console operations experience for space flight, or other safety-critical operations
      • Experience in the development and deployment of electronics, antennas, and facilities for ground-based communications stations
      • Familiarity with Linux environment and comfortable with basic Unix system administration activities
      • Experience in web development and/or database development and interfaces
      • Experience with fault-tolerant systems design, human error assessment and human error prevention and fault tolerance
      • Experience with spacecraft subsystems and associated subsystem software
      • Leadership experience in an aerospace R&D environment
      • Experience with collaboration tools such as Confluence and JIRA
      • Familiarity with version control (e.g. Git, Subversion, etc.)
      • Experience working with and proposing to U.S. Government research agencies (e.g. NASA, AFRL, DARPA)The expected salary range for the position is displayed in accordance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Final agreed upon compensation is based upon individual qualifications and experience.Estimated salary wage (Colorado only):$112K-$187KDon't meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.Export Control RegulationsApplicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S.as a refugee or granted asylum.Equal Employment OpportunityBlue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on "EEO Is the Law," please see and .Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Washington Fair Chance Act, Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws.Affirmative Action and Disability AccommodationApplicants wishing to receive information on Blue Origin's Affirmative Action Plans, or applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application and/or interview process, please contact us at .BenefitsEmployee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability and 401(k) with up to 5% company match.Paid Time Off: Provides up to 4 weeks per year, in addition to 14 holidays

Keywords: Blue Origin, Reston , Mission Operations Infrastructure Engineer - Space Mobility, Other , Reston, Virginia

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