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Orbital Analyst, #4100

Brief Description

LinQuest is seeking an Orbital Analyst to join our team at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, NM.


This position supports satellite operations at the RDT&E Support Complex (RSC) on Kirtland AFB, performing orbit analysis and provide satellite mission engineering support to a variety of satellites in Low Earth, Medium, and Geosynchronous Orbits. This person is responsible for ensuring accurate determination of spacecraft orbits, collision avoidance (COLA) 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.


LinQuest operates a variety of satellites for the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) under the STEC contract at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, NM. This contract supports on-orbit operations of six unique satellites, with more scheduled to launch over the next 3 years. We are looking for high quality, motivated professionals to join our team. 






  • 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
  • Interface with Air Force customer, space vehicle factory support, Aerospace Corp. and others. 
  • Coordinate with operations personnel on issues related to orbit determination and ephemeris generation, orbital position uncertainty estimates, collision prediction and maneuver design


 Required Skills and Experience: 


  • BS Degree in a technical field, or equivalent experience
  • Experience in satellite operations or mission engineering support 
  • Knowledge of flight dynamics software, thruster modeling, and satellite attitude control systems
  • Experience in one or more of the following: orbit determination/orbit prediction, maneuver modeling, planning, formation flying assessment
  • Ability to create and follow standard processes, and document results
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to handle multi-tasking
  • Knowledge and ability to adjust analytical processes to address unique situations/events
  • Ability to work in an environment with rapidly changing mission requirements 
  • Professionalism, teamwork, and interpersonal skills
  • US Citizenship and an active Top Secret Clearance with SCI eligibility (SSBI) is required


 Preferred Skills and Experience: 


  • Knowledge of satellite ground control systems, Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN)
  • Knowledge of DOD satellite sustainment and operations
  • Development of in-house software tools and processes and practices to reduce operator workload. 
  • Experience with Matlab, Perl, VBScript, VBA Scripting Languages
  • Experience providing analyst or engineering support on one or more satellite subsystems
  • Active TS/SCI clearance is desired



We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to providing a work environment that values and respects each Team Member as an individual and important member of our culturally diverse organization. In keeping with this commitment, the Company is dedicated to providing a work environment free from any type of discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, covered veteran and military status, marital status, disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics,political affiliation, or any other classification protected by law. This commitment and policy applies to all areas of employment.


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Security Clearance:
Top Secret / SCI
Albuquerque, New Mexico
United States
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