Software Engineer - Mission Design and Navigation
Company: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Posted on: May 1, 2020
Job ID: 11353
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Interested in astrodynamics and working with engineers and
scientists around the globe to advance the state of the art mission
design and navigation capabilities?
JPL's Mission Design and Navigation Software Group is seeking a
Mission Design and Navigation Software Engineer to develop and
maintain the software used to design, navigate and control the
trajectories of our interplanetary spacecraft. You will apply a
wide variety of programming skills and information system
techniques, related to providing all aspects of trajectory analysis
and control for JPL missions.
This group is responsible for the development of the astrodynamics
computing system called Monte (https://montepy.jpl.nasa.gov/) used
for mission design and navigation of all JPL deep space missions as
well as for astrodynamics investigations worldwide.
The team is part of JPL's Mission Design and Navigation Section
responsible for building maps and tools for interplanetary
navigation, design efficient routes for spacecraft to reach any
remote solar system location and safely pilot spacecraft to their
ultimate destination. The Section is responsible for science driven
modeling, filtering and optimization, managing trajectory knowledge
and control, observability and uncertainties.
- Typically requires a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Computer
Science, Physics, Aerospace, or Electrical Engineering, or a
closely related technical discipline, with a minimum of 6 years of
related experience; or a Master's with 4 years of related
experience; or PhD with 2 years of related experience.
- Aptitude and willingness to learn the technical Monte software
system focused on astrodynamics, kinematics, shape modeling and
timing systems, all as applied to the computation of observation
- Extensive knowledge in engineering programming using at least
some of these languages: C++, Python, Java, Java Script, Fortran
90. Demonstrated ability and willingness to learn any of the above
languages not already well known.
- Willingness to learn, follow and Monte programming,
documentation and testing standards.
- Excellent written and communication skills, able to produce
high quality code documentation.
- Willingness to work in a small team environment.
- Ability to present technical results to a wide audience.
- Understanding of the mathematics of basic astrodynamics.
- Experience in 3-D visualization techniques.
- Experience in the development of graphical user
- Experience with the Linux, OSX and Windows operating
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