Mission Design / RF Communications Lead

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Direct Hire

Post Date: 12/30/2016 Job ID: 13992 Industry: RF ENGINEER

Mission Design / RF Communications Lead
Pittsburgh, PA

Our Client is seeking a Mission Design Lead to design, simulate, and optimize the full trajectory for the company’s lunar missions.  This role will mature our client's trajectory design, include sufficient fidelity, and understand the effects of launch and landing constraints.  Due to the current maturity of the mission design the candidate will also have the role of RF Communications Lead, supplementing existing skills to architect the lunar lander RF communications subsystem, maturing current design, assessing risk and reliability, and working with other subsystem leads to maintain system compatibility.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or other related field.
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant space mission experience
  • Ability to run trajectory simulations using Copernicus, STK, ODTK, or similar
  • Solid understanding of orbital mechanics and orbital maneuvers for robotic missions
  • Ability to verify simulations to a sufficient level of confidence
  • Experience in C++ and C
  • Experience in creating a tracking and maneuvering schedule
  • Experience in understanding launch vehicle orbital deployment parameters
  • Knowledge of ground station capabilities a plus
  • Experience in spacecraft communications design at both a system and component level.
  • Familiarity performing link budget analysis.
  • Knowledge of satellite communications equipment including antennas, HPAs/SSPAs, LNAs, transponders, filters, etc.
  • Familiarity with specialized modulation and state of the art communications processing techniques
  • Experience in RF testing, ground station compatibility, integration testing, etc.
  • Experience in spacecraft operations environment.
  • Experience in prototype languages such as Matlab/Octave
  • Experience in orbit determination tools like ODTK or STK
Lunar, robotics, space, rocket science, trajectory, RF Engineer, NASA

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