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Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer

  • Job
    Junior (1-2 years) - Mid-level (3-4 years)
  • Engineering
  • San Francisco
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  • You need a technical degree, hands-on experience in GN&C systems on spacecraft, modeling flexible body dynamics, sensor fusion, 6-DOF simulations, Python & C++ proficiency, and a passion for hardware development. Bonus points for experience in orbit determination, trajectory optimization, robotic manipulators, geostationary spacecraft, propulsion, and embedded systems. Apply even if you don't meet all criteria.
  • You will design, test, and operate satellite software and hardware for the GNC System, from developing flight algorithms to assisting in recruitment efforts for our growing team at Astranis Space Technologies.


  • BS or MS degree in a technical discipline (e.g. engineering, CS, physics) with a focus on control systems, orbital mechanics, or similar
  • 2+ years industry experience working with Guidance, Navigation, and Control systems on spacecraft
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing, and testing control systems
  • Demonstrated experience modeling flexible body dynamics and mitigating their effects through system design and control systems
  • Demonstrated experience with estimation techniques such as sensor fusion (e.g. extended Kalman filters)
  • Demonstrated experience in developing 6-DOF simulations & flight software
  • Experience with Python (Numpy, Scipy), C++, and Git
  • A passion for hardware development, including working in a fast-paced environment and doing hands-on design and development
  • Demonstrated ability to personally design, build, and test hardware and/or software from scratch
  • Don't meet them all? Not a problem. Please apply even if you do not meet all these criteria
  • Bonus:
  • Experience with orbit determination methods
  • Experience with indirect trajectory optimization
  • Experience with robotic manipulators
  • Experience with geostationary spacecraft operations
  • Experience with spacecraft propulsion
  • Experience with hardware in the loop simulations
  • Experience implementing algorithms for embedded systems


  • Work within the Guidance, Navigation, and Control team to design, build, test, and operate satellite software and hardware for the GNC System
  • Software development including flight algorithms, simulation framework, and physics models
  • System design including make/buy trades, component selection, system sizing, and pointing budgets
  • Validation and verification through software simulation, Monte Carlo analysis, and hardware in the loop testing
  • Concept of operations development, mission planning, and flight operation support
  • Hardware development including managing internal component build, external vendors, and subassembly bring-up and testing
  • Assist in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring additional teammates to our rapidly-growing team


What are the main responsibilities of a Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer at Astranis?

The main responsibilities include designing, implementing, and testing algorithms to control the position and orientation of satellites, overseeing simulation and analysis of algorithms, and contributing to both commercial and US Government Programs.

What kind of skills are essential for this role?

Essential skills for this role include a strong background in control theory, experience with algorithms and simulation tools, proficiency in software and hardware systems, and the ability to validate and verify the effectiveness and robustness of algorithms.

What type of projects will a Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer work on at Astranis?

A Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer will work on projects related to controlling the position and orientation of satellites, ensuring their stability and accuracy in orbit, and optimizing their performance for commercial and US Government Programs.

How does this role contribute to the overall mission of Astranis?

This role plays a critical part in ensuring the successful operation of Astranis satellites by designing and implementing algorithms that control their movements and ensure their accuracy in orbit, ultimately supporting the company's goal of providing reliable and affordable satellite internet services.

Small, low-cost communications satellites, in higher orbits.

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Mission & Purpose

Astranis is building small, low-cost telecommunications satellites. Our mission is to help get online the 4 billion people who are without internet access.