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Orbital Analyst


The Advanced Sensors and Techniques Group operates the Lincoln Space Surveillance Complex (LSSC) that comprises of the Millstone deep-space satellite tracking radar, the Haystack Ultra-wideband Satellite Imaging Radar (HUSIR) and the Haystack Auxiliary imaging radar (HAX).  All these radar are remotely controlled from the Lexington Space Situational Awareness Center (LSSAC) which serves as a data processing and fusion node for the LSSC and other ground and space-based space surveillance sensors.  Together, the LSSC and LSSAC serve as an operational test bed for space situational awareness technologies and provide access to a rich set of radar and optical data.  The group's current research and development efforts focus on problems such as tracking  and identification of newly launched satellites, tracking and discrimination of satellites in geosynchronous clusters, automated radar image exploitation, close approach monitoring and collision warning, applications of mullti-sensor data fusion, and decision support.  The group is also developing a net-centric, service-oriented information system

DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Advanced Sensors and Techniques group is to develop and demonstrate tactically-relevant Space Situational Awareness (SSA) in support of space control.  The group focuses on the techniques, operational concepts, and advanced sensor systems that are needed to obtain timely and predictive information about space objects.

This work is enabled by hands-on access to an operational network of space surveillance sensor systems.  The group operates the Lincoln Space Surveillance Complex (LSSC), comprising the Millstone radar, Haystack Ultra-wideband Satellite Imaging Radar (HUSIR), and the Haystack Auxiliary (HAX) radar.  The group is also responsible for the space mission at the Reagan Test Site (RTS) on Kwajalein.   The Lexington Space Situational Awareness Center (LSSAC) serves as a central mission-support center and data-fusion node, with data feeds from the entire Space Surveillance Network and prototype sensor systems including the 3.5-meter Space Surveillance Telescope.  These systems form a test range that is used to develop and demonstrate novel tactical SSA techniques such as optics-cued radar search, high-interest object monitoring, high-value asset neighborhood watch, and new launch custody.

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Support Air Force Space Command in the maintenance of an accurate space object catalog of orbital elements for all man-made objects in space. Derive accurate orbital elements through the use of MITLL orbital analysis software tools.  Correct inaccuracies and report findings to the sponsor. 

 

Support launch of new satellites by collecting all available pre-launch information, creating and distributing Launch Reports, entering predicted orbital information into database, assisting sensors with acquisition and identification of objects, reporting anomalies, and monitoring all objects closely through all orbital maneuvers until final orbit is achieved.  Assure that space object catalog information is current and accurate.

 

Support mission operations activities at the LSSAC, LSSC and RTS, resolving object identification discrepancies, scheduling radar tracking of objects as required by sponsors, providing best orbital elements for target acquisition, and act as test director during support of new launches.

 

Use MITLL orbital analysis software tools to determine accurate tagging of radar tracks, derive orbital elements, and predict visibilities based on orbital elements.

 

Work independently and with a team of Orbital Analysts and others (Test Directors, Technicians, and Software Engineers) to support all mission operations and orbital analysis tool software development.

 

Position routinely requires off-hours operational support.

 

REQUIRED/DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

BS in Aerospace Engineering, Math, Physics, or Astronomy required.

 

Two or more years of experience in one of the following areas. Orbital dynamics, spacecraft operations, radar operations, radar waveforms, and radar cross section measurements.

 

Proven ability to support a broad range of problems in a dynamic team environment is required.

Experience and desire to work with software developers to develop new orbital analysis software tools and maintain current tools.

 

Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to interface with the sponsor on a daily basis are required.

 

The ability to obtain and maintain a government (DoD) Top Secret SCI security clearance is required. Candidates with an active Top Secret clearance and SCI eligibility are highly desired.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

Company
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Posted
09/20/2018
Type
Full time
Location
MA, US