Senior Spacecraft Navigation Engineer

Blue Origin   •  

Kent, WA

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


5 - 7 years

Posted 35 days ago

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As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will be responsible for creating navigation and attitude determination designs for launch vehicles, in-space systems, planetary landers and crewed vehicles.

You will be working on expanding our presence beyond low Earth orbit, and developing sustainable access architectures to space and planetary surfaces. You should be comfortable 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 will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.


  • Design, build, and test highly reliable navigation systems to support orbital rendezvous & docking, controlled and precise planetary landing, terrain navigation, deep space transit, hazard avoidance, and terminal approach
  • 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


  • M.S. in Electrical, Mechanical, or Aerospace engineering with at least 5 years of design experience
  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge in designing, testing and flying aerospace navigation systems for rockets, missiles, spacecraft, 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
  • 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.


  • Ph.D. in Electrical, Mechanical, or Aerospace engineering
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with inertial sensors, GPS receivers, star trackers, LiDAR, radar, optical sensors, or image processing.
  • Experience in terrain relative sensors & navigation, autonomous hazard identification & avoidance, and precision navigation systems
  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge in the development of planetary spacecraft navigation systems
  • Ability to continuously manage risk and be comfortable with lean software development techniques
  • Solid system engineering and configuration management skills