Iridium Satellite

Engineer III, Satellite Flight Controller

Job Locations US-VA-Leesburg
Job ID 2022-2539
Worker Category
Regular Full-Time[F]

Company Overview

Iridium is an award-winning and innovative satellite communications company with bragging rights to the only network that offers voice and data connectivity anywhere in the world.   For over 20 years, Iridium’s unique network and services have supported critical communications needs for individuals, businesses, and the evolving Internet of Things.


At Iridium, we understand the importance of staying connected and the limitations of traditional communications networks. People across the globe, including first responders, humanitarians, global militaries, scientific researchers, and lone workers, as well as ships, aircraft and remote operations all rely on Iridium to stay connected. We take our responsibility for providing these essential communications very seriously and pride ourselves on offering a reliable lifeline when needed.  Likewise, Iridium is committed to providing an exciting and innovative workplace, where employees are challenged to think outside the box and collaborate on new, bold ideas and solutions.  Our talented teams are passionate about their work and the impact our company makes around the world.  Iridium fosters an empowering and inclusive culture that allows employees to genuinely be their best selves.   We are looking for others who want to join this truly unique company that celebrates our employees and provides the opportunity to truly make a difference in the world.

Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities

What We’re Looking For:


As the Satellite Flight Controller, you will be part of a team maintaining real time operations, monitoring, and command and control of the Iridium satellite constellation at the Iridium Satellite Network Operations Center. In this role, you will work 12-hour shifts in a 24-hour multi-satellite operations environment.  You will thrive in this role if you are highly motivated, as you will be tasked with learning a very complex ground and space system in support of Iridium.


What You’ll Do:

  • Perform real-time commanding of the Iridium Satellite constellation, independently recognizing and resolving issues that arise
  • Execute and perform telemetry verification of all satellite commanding performed in support of controlling the Iridium Satellite constellation
  • Create, review, and execute real-time spacecraft commanding pass plans and coordinate their execution as part of routine and/or new operations, and anomaly resolution activities
  • Perform real-time satellite state of health evaluation, trending, and analysis for first level satellite sub-system engineering troubleshooting
  • Conduct satellite software uploads and switch-overs to the updated software, verifying the integrity of all products and commands loaded to the spacecraft
  • Independently perform real-time anomaly investigation and resolution and follow established and/or new Fault Escalation policies and procedures
  • Independently perform process improvement initiatives by properly documenting all satellite events through the anomaly and issue reporting process, and driving procedure development and reviews, with guidance
  • Create accurate, timely, and descriptive satellite event logging for all satellite or system events
  • Responsible for maintaining and updating operational work products, including assigned operations checklists, procedures, and/or software tools
  • Analyze, troubleshoot, and resolve day to day operational and system issues with limited assistance or guidance
  • Assist and mentor junior members of the operations team

Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Computer Science or a related field
  • 5+ years of experience, or the equivalent work experience in a network operations or spacecraft operations environment
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to confidently present products, deliverables, analyses, and/or issues
  • Possess an analytical mindset, with the ability to understand a situation or problem and think critically to make decisions or come up with solutions
  • Be comfortable managing upward, including being a proactive communicator and asking for help when needed
  • Have confidence and be able to establish valuable relationships with others
  • Must be able to prioritize key tasks and have a strong sense of ownership over your work
  • Be active in seeking out ways to continuously improve yourself and gain new knowledge


Things That Would be Great if You Brought to the Table:

  • Prior shift lead or crew lead experience
  • Proficiency in the LINUX operating system, as well as standard PC usage and applications.
  • Familiarity with software development and programming skills

We’ll also need you to:

  • Rotating shifts or straight night shifts may be required
  • Once hired, you will be required to complete the Iridium Satellite Flight Operations Specialist (FOS) certification followed by the Space Vehicle Engineering certification.  The certification process is a 15-month average, combination of in-house classroom training and On-the-Job (OJT) apprenticeship culminating in formal job task demonstration and examination
  • US Citizenship required


Iridium is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a protected veteran. EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability and other protected categories.


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