The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation’s space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space— delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.
At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration – to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.
The Space Development Agency (SDA) was established in 2019 by the Department of Defense to define and monitor the Department’s future threat-driven space architecture and accelerate the development and fielding of new military space capabilities necessary to ensure our technological and military advantage in space for national defense.
Aerospace support for the SDA resides within Defense Systems Operations (DSO) and the National Space Systems Engineering Division, which provides decision support at the enterprise level to senior Aerospace customers in the Pentagon, as well as helping to connect and align customers and Aerospace across the space enterprise. This position supports SDA’s Tracking Cell, in which the selected candidate will provide expertise in Missile Warning (MW), Missile Tracking (MT), and Missile Defense (MD) mission areas, which may include architecture definition, performance evaluation, acquisition oversight, space vehicle and ground system development, operations planning, and mission data processing.
This position can be hybrid or full-time on site. The candidate must have access an Aerospace facility or SDA facility that provides TS/SCI access when on-site work is required. The role will have an estimate of 2 days of in-office and 3 days of teleworking per week.
What You’ll Be Doing
- Provide support to the SDA Tracking Cell Chief and Tranche 0 (T0), Tranche 1 (T1), and Tranche 2 (T2) Program Managers. This Cell has a positive relationship with other SDA Cells as well as external mission collaborators and is focused on providing Warfighter capabilities to fill capability gaps. Tracking is the primary sensing mission for SDA’s Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA), and a proliferated Tracking Layer is a core component of the future MWTD system. The SDA Tracking Cell Chief reports directly to the SDA Director.
- Provide Missile Warning, Tracking, and Defense (MWTD) technical leadership to SDA across all Tranches, including understanding of MWTD architectural modeling and requirements, as well as acquisition and flight operations support, enterprise MWTD collaborator coordination, warfighter mission involvement, ensuring that SDA Tracking space and ground efforts fulfill warfighter requirements.
- Interact regularly with SDA government leaders, FFRDCs, SETAs, and UARC personnel across all SDA program cells and mission areas.
- Direct ETG SME support to Tracking operations, integration, and acquisition efforts. This person may support Tracking T0 operations and assessments, T1 space and ground system development and integration activities, and T2 planning and requirement definition.
- Support the SDA Tracking Chief and Program Managers by providing MWTD mission systems engineering, integration, and test expertise to help guide contract execution, performance evaluations and trades, flight operations planning and analysis, PWSA space and ground integration, and future tranche requirement definition. Experience with rapid acquisition programs, small satellite procurement, and familiarity with MWTD requirements, threats, sensing, data processing, and existing MWTD enterprise systems are valuable attributes for the successful applicant. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned as needed.
- Advise strategic planning of future MWTD architecture definition and requirements trades across various orbit layers and mission elements.
- Apply innovative ways to MWTD sensing, testing, and data processing, acquisitions and operations, as well as PWSA and MWTD enterprise integration.
- Apply commercial standard methodologies, tactical systems engineering, and enterprise innovative mission expertise to rapidly field and demonstrate Tracking capabilities in the PWSA.
What You Need to be Successful
- A Bachelor of Science degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics
- 12 or more years of increasingly responsible and related engineering/scientific experience is
- Relevant, progressive work experience in MWTD space vehicle development and test, and in space-to-ground system integration
- Relevant, progressive work experience in MWTD systems, architectures, operations, data processing, and performance assessment is desired
- Ability to be able to lead, work, and communicate effectively as part of a team in a fast paced, dynamic environment, reacting quickly and providing products of consistent, high quality
- High interest, enthusiasm, and motivation in addressing future national space security challenges is required
- Proven track record of building and leading multi-functional high-performance teams is required
- Proven ability to influence outcomes applying objective facts i
- Experience in systems engineering, risk assessment, and trade space exploration
- Experience directly collaborating with customers and delivering comprehensive assessment products is desired
- Excellent written communication skills are necessary - can organize complex materials and concepts in a manner that is clear and logical
- Excellent verbal communication skills are required - clear, concise, persuasive; builds consensus through speaking; polished, professional style
- Candidate must be willing to travel domestically approximately 10% of the time. The position requires quarterly travel to the DC area if not local
- This position requires a current TS/SCI security clearance, which is issued by the US government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.
How You Can Stand Out
It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:
- A Masters or PhD degree in a STEM field
- 12 or more years of proven experience in space and ground MWTD systems development and assessment
- Multidisciplinary experience including spacecraft and launch vehicle concept design and operation, knowledge of DoD, IC, Civil, and Commercial missions and technologies desired
- Direct experience working with SDA and a working knowledge of the SDA architecture, functional Cells, and leadership interactions
- Proven Experience with mentoring is desired
- Experience working with Aerospace Engineering Technology Group matrix and other Aerospace program offices
We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. The grade-based pay range for this job is listed below. Individual salaries within that range are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge and skills.
(Min - Mid - Max)
$150,000 - $180,000 - $210,000
Pay Basis: Annual
Ways We Reward Our Employees
During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.
Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:
- Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
- Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
- Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
- 401(k) Plan — Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
- Flexible spending accounts
- Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
- Relocation assistance
- Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
- Education assistance programs
- An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect
We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other—the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.
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