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Satellite Operations Specialist, #4329

Brief Description

LinQuest is seeking a Satellite Operations Specialist to join our team in Albuquerque, NM.


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. 



  • You will function as a Satellite Operations Engineer and perform real-time satellite contacts, configuring command and control ground equipment during pre-pass, pass and post-pass periods. 
  • You will support system readiness, planning, preparation, execution, and evaluation for satellite launch and early orbit operations, on-orbit operations, and end-of-life retirement and disposal.
  • Perform mission and pre-pass planning, scheduling, data trending and analysis, real-time operations, and spacecraft anomaly resolution.
  • Establishment, implementation, and maintenance of standardized operating procedures
  • Conflict resolution to support the acquisition, tracking, commanding, control, and telemetry data acquisition for space vehicles
  • Mission data reduction and analysis and data delivery to the customers
  • Operational transition of satellites to different ground support complexes as required
  • You will develop automated operations procedures and tools.
  • Implementation of anomaly response plans including participation in tiger-team discussions, recovery actions proposal and evaluation, implementation of approved solutions and anomaly report generation.
  • Accomplishment of long-term trending of vehicle telemetry and notification to the government of these trends that indicate potential vehicle problems
  • Real-time evaluation of spacecraft, payload, and ground systems status in accordance with established mission requirements
  • Initial troubleshooting of operational problems, assisting in determination of root causes, documentation of these problems, and participates in corrective and prevention activities
  • Position will require shift work or support during offshift hours.
 Required Skills:
  • Ability to use Microsoft products
  • Ability to use COTS software products
  • Ability to be an effective team member
  • Ability to present briefings, discuss and coordinate problems and recommend solutions
  • Requires real-time problem solving skills and ability to follow procedures, checklists and contingency plans


Required Experience:
  • Associates Degree in technical field or equivalent experience; Bachelor's Degree in technical field preferred (Engineering, Math, Physics, Computer Science, etc.)
  • 2 years previous work with satellite and/or payload operations, scheduling, deconfliction and  mission planning
  • US Citizenship and active Secret Clearance is required to be considered for this position


Preferred Experience:

  • Ability to script and program (Perl, C#, others)
  • Experience operating multiple satellite families in different orbits (LEO, HEO, GEO)
  • Familiarity with AFSCN and TDRSS
  • TS/SCI with SSBI less than 5 years old and SCI eligibility preferred


 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.



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