Satellite Operator

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Current state: Review
City: Logan
State/Province: UT
Country: United States
Contact Person: Sam Pugmire
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory
Application Due Date: Thursday, December 31 2020
Web Link:


The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) has experience performing satellite on-orbit operations for the US Government. SDL provides operations staff and a functional operations center, which can execute full lifecycle ground capabilities including ground system integration, operations procedure development, mission management, command and control, and mission data processing.

SDL is seeking a Spacecraft Mission Operator for small satellite operations. Mission operators will work with a small, dynamic team to support operation center set up and day-to-day operations. The operations team will run a “lights out” (Monday-Friday, 8-5) work schedule during normal operations. The position will require flexibility in work hours during launch, early operations, and anomaly resolution to support needs outside the normal work schedule. During periods of key deliverables, Mission Operations staff may be required to work day, swing, and night shifts.


Key Responsibilities:

·    Perform on-console tasks for real-time operations and anomaly investigations for multiple missions

·    Develop and execute:

          o   Exercises and rehearsals

          o   Procedures for mission operations

          o   Spacecraft contact plans and schedules

          o   Training material

·    Respond to anomalies, software issues/failures

·    Test software and procedures

·    Trend and monitor telemetry

·    Monitor health and safety of space and ground segments

·    Support mission integration into the operations center


Required Qualifications:

·    BS degree OR five year’s relevant experience

·    Previous satellite operations center experience*

·    Ability to quickly learn new software and technical subjects

·    Excellent organization communication skills

·    Have a positive “can-do” attitude

·    Work well in both a team environment and executing individual tasks

·    Willing to work off hours if needed (as mission requirements dictate)

·    Must be a US citizen and hold an active TS security clearance


*Qualifying experience could include military job codes 13S Satellite/Space Operations, 1C6 Satellite/Space Systems Operations, 25N Network Systems Operator, 17C Cyber Operations, 35S Signals Collection, AWO/AWR/AWV Aircrewman, AT Aviation Electronics Technician, CTT Cryptologic Technician Technical, IT/ATF Information Systems Technician, OS Operations Specialist, STG Sonar Technician, SECF Submarine Electronics/Computer Field


Preferred Qualifications:

·    General knowledge of spacecraft subsystems, orbit dynamics, and ground systems

·    Attitude determination and control (ADCS)

·    Hold an active TS/SCI clearance with active SSBI

·    Knowledge of multiple ground networks (AFSCN, NEN, MC3, KSAT, and etc.)

·    Experience with

          o   Telemetry analysis and trending

          o   STK modeling

          o   Orbit analysis

          o   Thermal analysis

          o   Electrical power systems

          o   Communication systems

          o   Space situational awareness

          o   Command and data handling

          o   Flight and ground software

          o   Network administration

          o   Data management

          o   Grafana

          o   Tableau


SDL Benefits:

At SDL, we take pride in and highly value our employees. SDL offers competitive salaries and a fantastic benefits package to exempt staff, which includes:

· Flexible work schedules

· Generous annual, sick, and holiday paid leave

· A variety of inexpensive-premium, high quality health, dental, vision, and life insurance options

· Generous employer retirement contribution (14.2% of annual gross earnings)

· Discounted USU tuition of 50% for employees and dependents

· Access to USU facilities and USU staff privileges


Instructions to applicants:

Along with the online application, please submit

· Cover Letter

· Resume


Please contact us if you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of applying.