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Blue Origin

GNC - Machine Intelligence and Autonomy Blue Origin
Kent, WA

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As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will be responsible for creating guidance, navigation and control (GNC) designs for launch vehicles, in-space systems, planetary landers and crewed vehicles. You will be working on expanding our presence beyond low Earth orbit, and developing sustainable access architectures to space and planetary surfaces. You should be comfortable working in a fast-paced and often uncertain environment, contributing to innovative solutions, while demonstrating personal leadership, technical competence, and attention to detail. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.


* Design, build, and test autonomous and highly reliable GNC systems to support orbital rendezvous & docking, controlled and precise planetary landing, terrain navigation, hazard avoidance, and terminal approach
* Support configuration design studies and develop prototype control system solutions
* Develop guidance, navigation and control requirements with flow downs to subsystem levels and companion verification methods
* Establish and build GNC software architectures and control system components in MATLAB, Simulink, and C
* Support systems analysis with a cross-functional mindset to support system level architectural decisions
* Conduct stability and performance assessments including the development of linear and non-linear models
* Perform analyses, including simulations, to satisfy top-level system specifications and requirements
* Assist in developing verification and validation procedures to ensure software products will perform as specified to meet system and subsystem requirements
* Support the development and execution of component-level guidance, navigation and control test programs
* Support hardware-in-the-loop testing, on-vehicle functional testing, and flight demonstration testing
* Identify opportunities for safety improvements and operational cost savings


* M.S. degree in Aerospace, Electrical, or Mechanical engineering with at least 5 years of design experience
* Experience in terrain relative sensors & navigation, autonomous hazard identification & avoidance, and precision GNC systems
* Demonstrated advanced knowledge in designing, testing and flying aerospace guidance and control systems for rockets, missiles, spacecraft, and aerodynamic reentry systems
* Highly organized and capable of planning and guiding complex technical work
* Demonstrated experience with MATLAB and Simulink and associated autocoding practices
* Hands-on experience with hardware-in-the-loop testing and test development
* Ability to execute in a dynamic, fast-paced and driven work environment
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills
* Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum


* Ph.D. in Aerospace, Electrical, or Mechanical engineering
* Demonstrated knowledge and experience with inertial sensors, GPS receivers, star trackers and other navigation aids
* Demonstrated advanced knowledge in the development of planetary spacecraft GNC systems
* Demonstrated knowledge of in-space rendezvous, proximity operations, and capture
* Demonstrated knowledge in vehicle state estimation
* Demonstrated experience in both classical and modern control design techniques
* Demonstrated knowledge of government technology investments in the GNC domain
* Ability to continuously manage risk and be comfortable with lean software development techniques
* Solid system engineering and configuration management skills

Blue Origin offers a phenomenal work environment and awesome culture with competitive compensation, benefits, 401K, and relocation.

Blue Origin is an equal opportunity employer. In addition to EEO being the law, it is a policy that is fully consistent with Blue's principles. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy or age. Blue Origin prohibits any form of workplace harassment.

About Blue Origin

Blue Origin is an aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight services company.

5000 employees

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