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Senior GNC Engineer

Ispace Technologies

Ispace Technologies

Other Engineering
Englewood, CO, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024
ispace, inc. is a global lunar resource development company with the vision, “Expand our Planet. Expand our Future.” specializing in designing and building lunar landers and rovers. ispace aims to extend the sphere of human life into space and create a sustainable world by providing high-frequency, low-cost transportation services to the Moon. The company has offices in Japan, Luxembourg, and the United States and is growing rapidly. ispace Technologies U.S., based in Englewood, Colorado, focuses on high-capacity payload lunar landers.
With locations in the U.S., Japan, and Europe, ispace is positioned to be a global leader in the exploration and development of the moon. Let's go to the moon together! Our team is growing, and we are actively looking for great people to join the ispace mission.
ispace Technologies, US. is a looking for a highly motivated and talented Senior Guidance, Navigation and Controls Engineer to join its new team.


  • Evaluate and develop GNC architecture and requirements
  • Perform trajectory design, optimization, and dispersion analysis for all phases in the US Lunar Lander mission profile, including on-orbit maneuvers and lunar surface descent and landing
  • Develop software tools to support mission design, analysis, verification, and performance reporting during test and flight
  • Participate in all mission phases including trade studies, design reviews, software and hardware-level test, and on-orbit operations
  • Implement new software or algorithms to support mission unique capabilities
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline with focus on systems and control. We will consider an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience
  • 10+ years of experience in spacecraft control design (time, and frequency domain) and analysis.
  • Experience with navigation algorithms, and filters (EKF).
  • Experience with guidance algorithms (e.g. PEG).
  • Experience with spacecraft attitude dynamics (rigid, slosh, and flex), and orbital dynamics.
  • Experience with sensor/actuator modelling.
  • Proficiency in C++, and Matlab/Simulink.
  • Experience of 6DOF simulation.
  • Experience with GNC sensors and actuators (preferred: thrusters).
  • Familiarity with vehicle-GNC design processes, from concept, through design reviews and implementation.
  • Experience with Mote Carlo Simulation and data analysis.
  • Experience in agile development environment and git version control.
  • Mentor junior GNC engineer.


  • Master's degree or PhD in an engineering discipline with focus on systems and control
  • Demonstrated professional experience in launch vehicle and/or spacecraft GNC systems
  • Ability to solve complex problems in a fast-paced collaborative interdisciplinary team environment
  • Experience with system modelling tools like STK.
  • Experience with nonlinear control techniques.
  • Experience with Lunar or Interplanetary missions.
  • Experience with fault detection and isolation.
  • Experience with documentation (e.g. ICD, DFMEA, Detailed Design Documentation, test plan,
  • Strong interpersonal skills, both verbal and written
  • Self-motivated learner
  • Experience working for Aerospace/Space Prime or sub-contractor strongly preferred
  • Experience in startup environment a plus


  • Ability to work in a fast-paced design and development environment
  • Schedule may vary depending on program development needs; flexibility required
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally as required


  • Competitive salary based upon experience - $145,000 - $160,000. The salary posted is a targeted range for budget of position. Base compensation can be negotiated and will be commensurate with experience, skills, education, and training.
  • Medical/vision/dental health benefits (Some 100% company paid options available for employee only)
  • Hybrid work schedule
  • Company-paid public transportation on RTD buses and light rail (RTD EcoPass)
  • Paid vacation (18 days), Sick days (6 days), Holidays (14 paid holidays)
  • 401(k)
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.
ispace is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with ispace is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.
All applicants who are offered employment with ispace US will be subject to a background investigation. Offers of employment are contingent on the successful completion of a background investigation conducted in accordance with Company policies and all applicable laws.
ispace Technologies, US, Inc. is a drug-free workplace.
ispace Technologies, US, Inc. participates in the E-Verify program.