Iridium Satellite

Engineer I, Flight Dynamics Analyst

Job Locations US-ND-Grand Forks
Job ID 2023-3093
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:


If you are enthusiastic about working in the space industry, then you will be excited about the Flight Dynamics Analyst opening with Iridium for a Space Development Agency (SDA) project. As a Flight Dynamics Analyst, you’ll participate in monitoring and controlling ground systems at the Operations Centers in Grand Forks, ND or Huntsville, AL. You will work 12-hour shifts with a team in a 24-hour, multi-satellite operations environment. You will thrive in this role if you have a desire to be part of a team on the forefront of one of the most advanced satellite constellations in the world and are highly motivated and passionate about engineering and space systems.


This position requires an active/current Secret Security Clearance or the ability to obtain a Secret Security Clearance (A U.S. Security Clearance that has been active in the past 24 months is considered active).


What You’ll Do:

  • Assist in performing near real-time constellation position trending, monitoring, and management
  • Help your team to develop and validate all station-keeping maneuvers to maintain tight pointing and crosslink requirements and assist in the execution all maneuver planning for ascent, collision avoidance, and cross-track maneuvers
  • Support the team by assisting in real-time conjunction analysis to assess the risk of collision and execute mitigation efforts as deemed necessary
  • Aid in ensuring the quality and timely generation of predictive orbital events to support other domains
  • Continuously look for ways to improve tools and processes for streamlined operations

Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering or related field
  • General experience working with satellites or in the space field
  • Proficient with standard Microsoft Office/engineering tools (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to work in a high paced operational environment often providing off-hours support
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to communicate key messages and ideas clearly and effectively
  • Can cultivate meaningful relationships with your manager and members of your team, while being open and responsive to constructive feedback as they guide and mentor you
  • The ability to think outside the box to help solve problems, with the humility to ask for help when needed
  • Adaptability to a dynamic environment and the readiness to take on any new tasks that are handed to you
  • A motivation to achieve outcomes and results
  • Capable of handling multiple tasks at once and completing them on time with mostly no errors
  • An eagerness to develop professionally, continuously learn, and share knowledge with others


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

  • Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering
  • General knowledge working in a Linux operating system
  • Familiarity with software development and programming skills
  • General understanding of satellite operations, orbit dynamics, and satellite subsystems

We’ll Also Need You To:

  • Work 12-hour shifts
  • Be a U.S. Citizen

Work Environment:

This position exclusively works in the operations center. The position is largely sedentary with the majority of the position sitting in a chair and working with a computer. The role uses basic office equipment including a phone, video, computer, keyboard, mouse and printer. For meetings in person, this position will need to be able stand, walk within the office and climb stairs on occasion.


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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