Candidate will be assigned to support the Trajectory Operations and Planning Officer (TOPO) group and the Flight Dynamics Division within the Flight Operations Directorate at the Johnson Space Center.
The candidate's primary job responsibility will be to attain a TOPO flight controller console certification and support missions and sims from the TOPO console.
The TOPO processes ISS orbit determination data (state vectors) from multiple sources on a daily basis for the ISS, Visiting Vehicles, TDRSS, and orbital debris.
The TOPO console coordinates and monitors the execution of all ISS translation maneuvers, performing debris avoidance maneuver planning as required.
In the office environment, they generate the data used to predict the location of the ISS for long term planning and short term execution, including altitude strategy.
TOPO operations support includes the development and maintenance of operations products such as flight rules, console procedures, and technical references.
The candidate will be required to support or lead certain technical analyses relating to trajectory operations, as appropriate.
Once certified as a TOPO, the candidate will be expected to participate in the training of other TOPO candidates.
The candidate would also be responsible for coordinating with the ISS Program, International Partners, and commercial vendors on new vehicle design and operations.
The candidate must be able to support a flexible workweek as some early morning, late evening, and weekend work may be required.
A Bachelor of Science in Engineering (ABET), Math, or Physics, or equivalent experience and less than 2 years prior relevant experience.
Knowledge of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to real-time operations is essential. Excellent communication (verbal and written), interpersonal, leadership, teamwork, technical, and administrative skills are mandatory.
The candidate must be able to work in a dynamic environment that requires him/her to work effectively both alone or as part of a team.
The candidate must have a demonstrated ability to plan, lead, and coordinate a wide range of tasks.
The candidate must possess the ability and willingness to attain an ISS Trajectory Operations and Planning Officer (TOPO) flight control certification.
The candidate will also be required to pass a standard flight controller physical examination, pass security clearances and be able to travel. Previous experience with or coursework in basic engineering, orbital mechanics, and spacecraft flight dynamics is highly desired.