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MAXAR Principal Dynamics and Controls Engineer in Longmont, Colorado

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Maxar is seeking a Principal Dynamics and Controls Engineer to join our team in Palo Alto, CA. The Dynamics and Controls Analysis (DCA) team members are responsible for analyzing satellite dynamics and creating the control algorithms that will become part of the flight software code. Dynamics analysis can encompass rigid body, flexible body, and multi body dynamics as appropriate to support the mission needs. The control algorithm development requires an in-depth understanding of sensor design and actuator characteristics in order to create models of each element to optimize performance, evaluate stability, and create simulations that demonstrate compliance to customer requirements.

DCA team members work as part of larger multi-disciplinary teams that include satellite system engineers, structural engineers, flight software developers, sensor and actuator manufactures, and customers. Program activities begin at contract award with evaluation of requirements and continue through satellite launch and orbit raising to the final mission orbital location. Additional support is provided after satellite handover to customers as needed for troubleshooting or off nominal operations. Thus, DCA team member’s involvement encompasses the entire life cycle of a satellite.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or related field.

  • Requires 10 years of relevant working experience

  • Specialization in Controls required.

  • Courses/experience in Feedback Control Systems, Digital Control Systems, Dynamics, System ID, Signal processing and/or Non-linear Control Systems, Kalman Filter design is required

  • Demonstrated capabilities to lead, provide technical direction and collaborate with Controls analysts team from design conception through flight implementation/operations

  • Experienced with control systems requirements analysis to solve critical dynamics and controls issues related to jitter, LOS, slewing and pointing

  • Expert with extensive practical and theoretical experience in modeling, simulation, system identification and sensitivity analysis of critical parameters (plant, sensors and actuators) that impact performance

  • Expert in mathematical development and evaluation/analysis of algorithms for precision pointing, guidance and tracking

  • Bring extensive end-to-end experience to planning, developing, validating/verifying high fidelity simulation tools in Matlab/Simulink platform

  • Experienced with attitude controls operations - orbit raising, in-orbit testing, on-orbit operations or anomaly recoveries

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree or PhD is preferred

  • Experience with Matlab, Simulink, C programming and simulation tools, with Autocoding experience a plus.

  • Demonstrated expertise in state estimation and feedback control synthesis, experience with Kalman Filter design preferred

MAXAR Technologies offers a generous compensation package including a competitive salary; choice of medical plan; dental, life, and disability insurance; a 401(K) plan with competitive company match; paid holidays and paid time off.

We are a vertically integrated, new space economy story, including segments across the value continuum for every moment leading up to and following launch. We lead in satellite communications (building and operating), ground infrastructure, Earth observation, advanced analytics, insights from machine learning, next-generation propulsion, space robotics, on-orbit servicing, on-orbit assembly, and protection of space assets through cybersecurity and monitoring of space systems. By integrating our leading-edge capabilities, we provide innovative, cost-effective solutions, value for customers, and thus unlock the multiplier effect of our combined businesses.

Maxar Technologies offers a generous compensation package including a competitive salary; choice of medical plan; dental, life, and disability insurance; a 401(K) plan with competitive company match; paid holidays and paid time off.

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