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Lead Docking Engineer - Space Destinations

Louisville, CO

Posted: 01/06/2023 Employment Type: Direct Industry: Engineering Job Number: 84053

Job Description

Orbital Reef will be the premier mixed-use space station in low orbit Earth for commerce, research and tourism by the end of this decade.   We are looking to top level engineering talent to work on this very exciting project.  

Are you a Senior Engineer with docking station experience?  We have a current vacancy to help define the Rendezvous, Proximity Operations, and Docking (RPOD) operations concepts, identify functional and performance requirements on each of the flight elements, lead integrated Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) analysis, and plan the verification and validation campaign that will ensure safe and reliable RPOD operations for Orbital Reef core modules.

Please contact Josh Tims to begin your journey!


  • Perform analysis and studies to determine trajectories, rendezvous points, safety gates and corridors, and requirements for performing RPOD operations
  • Develop RPOD concept of operations for Orbital Reef core modules
  • Decompose RPOD functional and performance requirements between GN&C, mechanical systems, communication systems, docking targets, and mission systems
  • Develop and maintain data interface, optical interface, and/or mechanical interface between the elements during the RPOD process
  • Define and maintain element level states and modes in nominal and off-nominal conditions during the RPOD phase
  • Determine and lead required RPOD V&V activities, including flight demonstrations

Job Requirements


  • B.S. in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, physics or related technical subject area
  • Proven technical depth in one of the following areas: guidance, navigation, control, simulation, or flight software
  • 7+ years of demonstrated experience with in-space RPOD systems and mission operations
  • Experience planning and executing RPOD integrated tests in high-fidelity test environments
  • Experience in developing RPO Dconcept of operations, and requirements definition and analysis
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to execute in a dynamic, fast-paced, and driven work environment
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien (current Green Card holder)


  • M.S. or PhD in the subject disciplines
  • 10+ years relevant experience with at least 4 years spent leading a complex multi-disciplinary team
  • Strong fundamental knowledge in astrodynamics and relative motion of space objects
  • Familiarity with the International Rendezvous System Interoperability Standards (IRSIS)
  • Experience developing and analyzing RPOD algorithms and approaches
  • Knowledge of International Space Station RPOD architecture, mission design, and operational procedures
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