Space System Architecture Modeling & Analysis Engineer

Requisition ID: 27101 

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia) 

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning clandestine to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?



The Performance Modeling and Analysis Department (PMAD) focuses on the modeling, analysis, and optimization of orbits, satellite access, and system performance at all levels for space architectures. We develop sensor models and system visualizations; perform system and architecture performance assessments; and perform orbital coverage, geolocation, and communications analyses.  PMAD provides decision support to complex customer problems using state-of-the-art multi-objective optimization and visual analytics tools.  We develop and maintain special-purpose software to support our analyses.  PMAD software developers apply object-oriented and parallel processing techniques to our software to leverage the corporation’s high-performance computing resources..



  • Provide technical expertise and independent customer support in the areas of space system architecture modeling and analysis.
  • Perform system optimization and assess overall performance through use of in-house or custom-developed analysis tools.
  • Compare performance of architecture variants and conduct trade studies.
  • Mentor and work with junior analysts as part of larger study teams.
  • Apply broad and/or deep experience with customer space systems and technologies in one or more specific functional areas depending on background.
  • Provide expert advice within a specific technology or functional area.
  • Provide support in growing modeling and analysis capabilities in new support areas.
  • Interact independently with program office and customer organizations.
  • Creatively and effectively apply computer analysis to problems as needed. This position is in Chantilly, Virginia.



  • BS degree in aerospace engineering, operations research, or related field of science, engineering, or mathematics.



  • Eight years experience for Engineering Specialist, but excellent academic record at the graduate level in applicable skill area may be substituted in lieu of direct work experience.
  • Substantial experience or background in one of the following areas: architecture performance analysis and modeling; optimization and/or decision support; operations research; communications systems analysis; electronics systems analysis, imagery systems analysis, software and/or simulation development.
  • Familiarity with orbital mechanics, dynamics, and mathematics related to space system analysis required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Dependability and good interpersonal skills.
  • Current TS/SCI required.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.



  • Graduate degree in aerospace engineering, operations research, or related field of science, engineering, or mathematics.
  • Prior experience in system analysis and simulation.
  • Background in one of the following areas:  optimization and/or decision support, architecture performance analysis and modeling, software and/or simulation development.

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Additional Requisition Details


Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph 

Relocation Available:  Yes 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.


Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

The Aerospace Corporation
Full time
Chantilly, Virginia 20151, US