Astrobotic is hiring a

Mission Planning Engineer

Pittsburgh, United States

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world. The company’s suite of lunar landers delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals. The company is also developing advanced space robotics capabilities such as terrain relative navigation, mobile robotics for lunar surface operations, and reliable computing systems for mission-critical applications. Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining. Astrobotic is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Astrobotic was selected by NASA in May 2019 for a $79.5 million contract to deliver a suite of NASA instruments to the Moon. This mission will see the Peregrine lunar lander return America to the Moon with 22 payloads representing 5 countries. 

In June 2020, Astrobotic was selected for a $199.5 million contract to deliver the NASA VIPER rover to the lunar south pole onboard the Griffin lunar lander. This mission will enable NASA's objective to map water ice on the lunar surface, which in turn supports NASA's plans for crewed missions in 2024. As part of Astrobotic's Planetary Landers Team, you will literally be creating history as we define the benchmark for commercial delivery of payloads to the Moon and beyond.

Astrobotic Technology is seeking a Mission Planning Engineer to join our Planetary Landers Team.  Astrobotic wants you to help plan and coordinate operations for our first mission with the Griffin Lunar Lander, which will be carrying the NASA VIPER Rover payload to the lunar surface.


Responsibilities Include:

  • Working with the Astrobotic Project Management team, Systems Engineering, and NASA representatives to plan the detailed ConOps (Concept of Operations) around our Griffin/VIPER lunar mission
  • Manage the interface with satellite ground station providers for the Griffin mission, including plans for ground station end-to-end testing, operations, flight ground communications schedule, and mission development efforts with the ground stations and the Astrobotic spacecraft communications team
  • Developing mission procedures for flight, working with various spacecraft subsystems teams
  • Conducting simulation and training efforts for the Griffin/VIPER mission with the Astrobotic flight team and the NASA VIPER mission operations team


Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. or higher in an Engineering or Space-related technical field (i.e., Aerospace Engineering, Astrodynamics, etc.)
  • 4+ years’ experience in the space industry
  • Prior experience in the space industry with training, simulation, and/or mission operations role
  • Basic understanding of spacecraft subsystems (propulsion, power, thermal, communications, etc.)


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior console operator/flight controller experience on spacecraft/satellite missions
  • Experience coordinating with satellite ground stations
  • Prior experience with nominal and contingency procedure development for space missions
  • Prior experience in a mission planning, simulation, or training role


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


Astrobotic Technology, Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to [email protected]


As a federal contractor, Astrobotic complies with guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force on COVID-19 Workplace Safety. New employees will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 no later than December 8, 2021 (or their start date, if it occurs after December 8, 2021), unless that individual is legally entitled to an accommodation.

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