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Spacecraft Control Engineer

| Greater Denver Area


The Spacecraft Control Engineer 1 position is responsible for spacecraft commanding, telemetry monitoring, and addressing spacecraft anomalies as they occur. The Spacecraft Control Engineer 1 works closely with on-shift management, MCS Ground Control Engineers, and the Spacecraft Control Engineer 2 within the Mission Operations Center to ensure health and safety of the spacecraft is sustained and command objectives are met. The Spacecraft Control Engineer 1 position requires an understanding of the various spacecraft that makes up the DigitalGlobe Constellation. Understanding of the constellation allows the Spacecraft Control Engineer 1 to address both nominal and non-nominal vehicle behavior through interaction with the DigitalGlobe command & control system software.

  • Routinely performs pre-contact verifications with the MCS Ground Control Engineers to ensure successful communication is established between the ground system and the spacecraft.
  • Ensure spacecraft tasking and planning provides error fee output reducing the risk of faulting any of the spacecraft within the DigitalGlobe constellation.
  • Perform in-contact spacecraft commanding and state of health assessments to ensure health and safety of the spacecraft is maintained.   
  • Perform out of contact spacecraft telemetry trending and analysis to ensure continued health and safety of the spacecraft out of view of a ground station.
  • Fully investigate spacecraft limit violations and up-channel any violations to a Spacecraft Control Engineer 2 and/or the Spacecraft Operations Engineer which are not covered in any spacecraft related documentation.
  • Recognize and up-channels anomalous spacecraft conditions to the Spacecraft Control Engineer 2 and/or the Spacecraft Operations Engineer.
  • Maintain an awareness and comprehension of system changes ensuring operational compliance.
  • Follow guidelines established in procedures and checklists and report operational checklist deficiencies to the Operations Efficiency and Transition team.
  • Generate spacecraft availability reports for the Spacecraft Engineering team.
  • Execute necessary ground limit changes to reflect current operating state of the spacecraft and long term telemetry trends at the behest of a Spacecraft Operations Engineer or the Spacecraft Engineering team.
  • Maintain proficiency on all spacecraft subsystems throughout the DigitalGlobe constellation. 

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, or related field, or equivalent positional related experience.
  • Good written & oral communication skills.
  • Calm disposition in stressful situations.
  • This position requires 24/7 rotational shift work.

Preferred Qualifications

  • DoD Secret security clearance preferred.

DigitalGlobe and Radiant solutions offer 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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Our location is just steps away from plenty of expansive open space, restaurants, and bars. We are less than a 5 minute walk from an RTD Park-n-Ride.