Astrobotic is hiring a

Senior GNC 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 by William “Red” Whittaker, 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 wants you to support the integration of GNC sensors during the assembly integration and test of the Peregrine lunar lander.

Your responsibilities: 

Support Peregrine and Griffin missions by developing and analyzing GNC software and hardware design. Participate in sensor trade studies and selections. Develop requirements for GNC sensors and algorithm performance. Develop and debug software in C/C++ that implements GNC algorithms. Implement and test algorithms on embedded flight processors. Perform theoretical analysis of algorithm performance, robustness, and risk. Develop and validate simulation models of GNC sensors. Perform closed loop simulation analysis of GNC software performance against requirements. Support GNC integration and test activities.  Support mission operations for Peregrine and Griffin. 

Required Qualifications:

  • BS or higher in Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science
  • 5+ years experience in the space industry
  • Knowledge of essential control systems, orbital dynamics, and navigation filtering concepts. 


Experience in the following:

  • Five years experience in the space industry in a GNC role
  • Strong knowledge of C/C++
  • Space industry Mission Operations experience


Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working with GNC sensors and components such as Star Trackers, IMUs, Sun Sensors and ranging sensors
  • Prior experience with analysis of GNC algorithms in simulation
  • Prior experience working with real-time embedded software
  • Strong debugging skills
  • Prior experience with integration and test of a spacecraft
  • Knowledge of Python/numpy/maptplotlib and other Python-based analysis tools. 
  • Prior experience working in a Linux-based development environment.


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.

Applicants should be prepared to submit a writing sample, references, and demonstrate a significant background in space missions.

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.
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