Satellite Operations and Maintenance Support Lead [2021-160]

FCDAS (Fairbanks Command and Data Acquisition Station)

This position supports satellite operations for NOAA in Fairbanks, Alaska, performing orbit analysis and satellite mission engineering support to a variety of satellites in low, middle and geosynchronous orbits as they acquire meteorological and environment satellite mission data from polar-orbiting satellites.


This person is responsible for ensuring accurate determination of spacecraft orbits, collision avoidance analysis and plans, maneuver planning, scripting to automate tasks, identification of solar and lunar intrusion conditions on spacecraft sensors, generation of satellite event tables and evaluation of future orbit software and systems. The position supports a 24/7 operations center. The position may require periodic shift work and availability for on-call support.


• Knowledge in satellite operations and maintenance support

• Knowledge of flight dynamics software, thruster modeling, and satellite attitude control systems

• Knowledge and ability to adjust analytical processes to address unique situations/events

• Maintain accurate tracking station pointing data

• Maintain accurate satellite ephemeris and support data

• Maintain satellite position and attitude within specifications

• Conduct routine orbit determination and prediction

• Produce antenna viewing angle, sun and lunar eclipse reports

• Predict sensor intrusions

• Perform maneuver modeling, planning, execution, and verification

• Coordinate with operations personnel on issues related to orbit determination and ephemeris generation, orbital position uncertainty estimates, collision prediction and maneuver design

• Experience in satellite operations or mission engineering support

• Knowledge of satellite ground control systems

• Development of in-house software tools and processes and practices to reduce operator workload. Experience with coding languages such as Matlab, Perl, VBScript, VBA Scripting.

Bachelors Degree or related work experience

10+ years with experience in satellite operations and maintenance, communications security and cryptographic materials. Prefer experience in several of the following spacecraft: POES, S-NPP, Joint Polar Satellite System, Defense Meteorological, METOP-1 and -2 and -3, Windsat/Coriolis, LANDSAT-8 or -9, DSCOVR, GOES-W, etc.

Fairbanks, Alaska


January 2022

$115,000 - 130,000 annually

U.S. Citizenship is required.
EOE including disability/vet

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