Search All Jobs

Staff Flight Dynamics Engineer – Top Secret Required (Satellite/Space Systems)

Requisition ID: R10069813

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, Virginia, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

The Orbit Analyst/Flight Dynamics Engineer performs the following functions: 

  • Pre-mission astrodynamics analyses for satellites in various orbit regimes
  • Analyses of satellite and constellation access, coverage, lifetime, and additional trade studies
  • Launch window analysis
  • Maneuver planning and optimization analyses
  • Propellant budgeting analyses, on-orbit fuel requirements, and mission lifetime estimates
  • Satellite rendezvous and proximity operations planning and analyses
  • Orbit determinations to specify tracking system parameters, define the orbital state, and predict orbital events
  • Concept of operations (ConOps) development.  Position requires knowledge of spacecraft mission operations. 
  • Mission sequence of events definition
  • Participation in mission rehearsals to simulate orbital analysis tasks performed in operations
  • Operational support for orbit transfer and stationkeeping maneuvers
  • Build Model Based Systems Engineering Models to represent spacecraft missions, operations and behaviours

Additional duties may include requirements development, writing complex specifications, interface control documents, and engineering reports from advanced studies, special engineering investigations, and similar activities.  May be called on to assist in New Business activities such as conceptual design and analysis for proposals and funded studies and may include authoring sections for both.  Represent the company to client organizations, and develop mission concepts, analysis, and operational support to meet the needs of the customer.

The candidate should possess strong computing skills with familiarity with at least one of Python, C#, C/C++, Matlab, Visual Basic, or Fortran.  Experience with other software systems, development environments, or programming languages is beneficial.  Understanding of issues in scientific and numerical computing and developing simulations of physical systems is an asset. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Physics, or related field, plus 14 years of experience in orbital analysis, mission planning and design
  • Experience with satellite astrodynamics analyses (orbit determination, ephemeris generation, perturbation analysis, maneuver planning, and error analysis)
  • Experience with modern computational and satellite mission analysis software (e.g. Matlab, STK, OASYS, Copernicus, Quickshot, EMTG, etc.)
  • Must have US Citizenship with current or active Top Secret/SCI Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in satellite operations, maneuver planning, conjunction assessment
  • Experience performing satellite orbit determination for an operational missions
  • Experience with spacecraft stationkeeping
  • Experience building descriptive models and simulations of space missions and use of MBSE tools and SysML
  • Experience with STK or ODTK


Salary Range: $156,000 USD - $234,000 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

Apply Now

Search All Jobs

What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.