American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


The Aerospace Corporation
El Segundo, California, United States
2 days ago


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 Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 60 years of experience with space systems to projects for civil agencies like NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, commercial companies, universities, and international organizations in the national interest.

From its inception, the Aerospace Corporation’s highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective, economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people, with our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities being staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

The Control Analysis Department performs satellite and payload attitude control system analysis for a wide variety of programs ranging from CubeSats weighing a few kilograms with prototype payloads to the GPS constellation which countless users rely on every day.  This position will play a pivotal role in providing engineering support on a variety of diverse space programs ranging in the areas of advanced vehicle dynamics, attitude and payload control, and applications of filtering and estimation. The qualified candidate will work closely with internal and external stakeholders supporting all phases of a program lifecycle: conceptual studies, prototyping, source selection, development, and operations.


  • Participate in architecting, implementation, analysis, and evaluation of spacecraft and payload control systems on a variety of National Security Space programs.
  • Perform tasks that may include concept development, trade studies, source selections, requirements analyses, risk assessments, design analyses, simulation development, prototyping, test planning and execution, operations support, and anomaly resolution.
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal & external stakeholders, customers and contractors providing updates in technical design reviews and analysis in interchange meetings.
  • Research and develop new analysis tools and techniques. 
  • Perform control design, implementation, assessment, and/or testing for civil and commercial customers.
  • Communicate technical results both orally and in writing. Interact directly with government customers, program management, and contractors.
  • Engage with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in continuous learning to drive the state of the art technical analysis.


Performance standards to be successful in this full-time position include:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Must work well in a team environment
  • Must possess strong organizational, time management and project management skills
  • Demonstrate flexibility and ability to adapt to changing organizational need
  • Interpersonal skills to coordinate efforts and work with other internal and external organizations
  • Demonstrate behavior that is consistent with the company’s values of Dedication to Mission Success, Technical Excellence, Commitment to Our People, Objectivity and Integrity, and Innovation


  • Advanced Degree (Master's degree or PhD) from an accredited program in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related discipline (completed bachelor’s degree AND pursuing an advanced degree for spring/summer 2021 degree conferral OR conferred advanced degree within the last 12 months).
  • 0 – 1 year of full-time industry experience
  • Graduate-level course work and/or in-depth, hands-on experience in one or more of the following: control system design and analysis, estimation theory, or advanced dynamics.
  • Proficiency coding in MATLAB/Simulink
  • Working knowledge of a compiled programming language such as C/C++
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. Government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.


  • 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Experience programming with Python, Git, Docker, Linux Bash, ROS, Gazebo, and/or Swift
  • Experience with one or more of the following:
    • Spacecraft attitude determination and control
    • Payload pointing estimation and control
    • Advanced control techniques and applications 
    • Kalman filtering and stochastic processes
    • Modeling and simulation of control systems
    • Multibody and flexible body dynamics
    • Implementation, testing, deploying, and calibration of control systems
    • Cubesat or smallsat attitude determination and control design and operations
    • Mobile robotics, guidance algorithms, computer vision, image processing, point-cloud analysis
    • Experience with simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), extended/unscented Kalman filters (EKF/UKFs)
    • Data Science, Machine Learning, Neural Networks, optimization


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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.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59225899
  • Location:
    El Segundo, California, United States
  • Company Name: The Aerospace Corporation
  • Job Function: Engineering
  • Entry Level: Yes
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Master's Degree
  • Min Experience: Less than 1 Year
  • Required Travel: None
El Segundo , CA , US

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipp...

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