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Senior GN&C Engineer - Dream Chaser at Sierra Space

Senior GN&C Engineer - Dream Chaser

Sierra Space Louisville, CO Full Time
We are seeking a Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) Engineer with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering or a related Engineering field and at least 10 years of relevant experience. In this challenging, fast-paced environment, you'll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and experience to design and create the most groundbreaking aerospace and defense technologies - those that exist today and those that will shape tomorrow.

What to look forward to:
As a GN&C Engineer, you will be using your skills and expertise to design, plan, and develop new GN&C algorithms on the Dream Chaser ISS commercial resupply program. You'll be responsible for conceptualizing and delivering difficult and complex system designs. Your technical responsibilities during planning, organizing and conducting projects involves the design and development of new system specifications, input/output processes and hardware/software compatibility.

A subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), Sierra Space builds and delivers the future of space transportation, destinations and infrastructure, offering “space-as-a-service” in support of the new space economy. Leveraging breakthrough technologies including the Dream Chaser® spaceplane, also known as America’s Spaceplane®, and expandable LIFE™ habitat, Sierra Space offers turnkey solutions that are modular, reusable and scalable. Sierra Space brings life to space, and space to life.  [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Senior GN&C Engineer - Dream Chaser

This Navigation Engineer will be responsible for the evaluation, testing and certification of navigation algorithms and flight software for the Dream Chaser. This individual must be technically competent in the GN&C discipline in general and demonstrate a deep familiarity with navigation sensor selection, performance and testing as well as the evaluation of multirate navigation algorithms, Kalman filters and related Fault Detection Isolation and Recover (FDIR) algorithms.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Work collaboratively with the GN&C internal and external teams to develop, analyze and verify performance of navigation algorithms during design, integration testing, flight test and operational missions

  • Support definition of requirements for modeling sensor behavior and fault injection and assess model validation against hardware tests

  • Support Systems Engineering analyses related to navigation sensor selection, location and performance

  • Develop tools to configure and assess performance of navigation sensors and algorithms across all mission phases

  • Support requirements derivation, software development, software testing, verification, and validation of sensor models


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or related Engineering discipline and at least 10 years of relevant experience

  • Knowledge of systems integration and testing 

  • Experience with Matlab/Simulink

  • Ability to rapidly work with minimal supervision on projects involving both small and large engineering teams  

  • Experience with developing and running 6-dof simulation environments  

  • Must be able to work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment with emphasis on  rapid prototyping and fielding of capabilities


  • Advanced degrees are highly desirable

  • Experience with C++ and Python languages 

  • Experience with Model Based Design and auto-coding process 

  • Experience with configuration management and issue tracking tools 

  • Practical experience working with orbital vehicles, ISS visiting vehicles, reentry vehicles, and/or lifting body flight control 


To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant 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 or U.S. Department of Commerce.

With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station.  Please visit [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Senior GN&C Engineer - Dream Chaser to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $117,040.88 - $160,931.20

Sierra Space offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Senior GN&C Engineer - Dream Chaser.

Sierra Space Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

– Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran, or any other protected status

pursuant to applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation.


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