Mission Operations and Space Situational Awareness Specialist

Requisition ID: 54107 

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 Aerospace Corporation is looking for a Mission Operations and Space Situational Awareness Specialist with a concentration in theoretical and/or applied astrodynamics to support the Mission Analysis & Operations Department. The Mission Analysis and Operations Department (MAOD) is focused on space situational awareness analysis and cradle-to-grave operations support.   We perform general orbital analysis, trajectory modeling, space object catalog process analysis, orbit determination, formation flying, and proximity operations analysis, and space protection and threat assessment. Our real-time operations support includes launch and on-orbit collision risk assessments, on-orbit breakup event analysis, orbit transfer, and maneuver planning, and de-orbit/reentry analysis. Members of the department also perform general modeling, analysis, and visualization of space systems as needed to accomplish program objectives.  



Key Functions: 



  • Interact with other Aerospace staff; contractors; civil, commercial, and government personnel to define and address customer needs
  • Provide deep technical expertise, innovation, and project coordination/leadership in studies, analyses, and software capabilities development as required
  • Apply in-house and custom-developed analysis tools as necessary
  • Develop new analysis tools and techniques as necessary
  • Mentor junior staff






  • Advanced degree in aerospace engineering or related technical discipline from a recognized institution 
  • Minimum of eight years of progressively responsible professional engineering/scientific experience, including three years of direct applicable technical experience. Applicable training/post-graduate study may be considered to provide partial credit for this criterion. 
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and customers, internal and/or external
  • Extensive experience in astrodynamics and related mathematics
  • Strong skills in mathematical formulation and derivation
  • Expertise in one or more department functional areas listed above
  • Demonstrated skills in the development and use of computer software tools and coding languages
  • Dependability and good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take direction and work proactively, both independently and in teams
  • Extensive experience in documentation and presentation of results
  • 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.





  • Current Top Secret clearance with SCI access


Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details


Clearance Requirement: Top Secret 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: None 

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.

Salary Range
$62,000.00 - 103,000.00
per Year
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Chantilly, VA 20151, US