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Space Vehicle Orbiting Platform Flight Software Architect and Systems Engineer

Job Description

What You’ll Get to Do:

CACI is looking for an experienced Space Vehicle Avionics and Flight Software Architect and Systems Engineer with leadership experience to work with NASA on future concepts for lunar and planetary orbiting platforms. The specific focus involves flight software including software architecture assessment and systems engineering and integration.   This engineering position involves analyzing concepts of operations, flight software requirements and design, and software architecture and development.   The work includes analysis of data characteristics and data flow.  It also involves assessing the effectiveness of autonomous system behavior and characteristics.  Avionics and flight software Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) domains include data engineering, fault management, mission plan and timeline execution, flight and ground software, etc.   This work also requires collaboration with system test and verification, missions and ground operation, and vehicle system teams, such as avionics, command and control, crew life support, displays, power, propulsion, thermal, guidance, navigation and control, communications and tracking, docking, etc.

This position requires a self-motivated, capable person with strong verbal and written communication skills. In addition to outstanding technical expertise, the individual must be very people savvy, have leadership experience and strong customer relationship skills, possess a positive team-player attitude, be flexible and willing to take on new assignments and responsibilities as they arise, and be an articulate speaker able to communicate complex technical ideas in a convincing manner. The individual must share our passion for our Nation's Space Program and share in the excitement of developing the next human-rated space vehicles.

More About the Role:

  • Perform flight software requirements development.
  • Analyze data flow within the system network and at the device level including identifying data sources, destinations, and routing of data, and analyzing data rates and data throughput.
  • Analyze data characteristics and interactions within the flight system.
  •  Analyze adaptive data management capabilities, i.e. the ability to adjust the data flow depending on the system status.
  • Perform systems engineering on vehicle subsystem domains.
  • Coordinate flight software issues and resolution across programs and vehicle systems engineering teams.
  • Evaluate flight software architecture concepts, design, and implementation.
  • Interface with NASA and contractor engineering teams.
  • This work takes place at NASA/JSC in Houston, TX, a highly stimulating and dynamic environment that is critical in human space flight and the space exploration initiative.

You’ll Bring These Qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen for access to USG facilities.
  • Must be able to obtain NACI security clearance
  • B.S. in Aerospace, Electrical, Software, Computer or Systems Engineering, Computer Science, or related disciplines required.
  • At least ten to fifteen years of related experience in software systems engineering.
  • Experience in software systems engineering of autonomous systems.
  • Experience with data analysis. Must be flexible, open to new challenges in a dynamic environment, and possess strong technical expertise combined with strong verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities with little supervision. 
  • Must be a highly responsible, team-oriented individual with strong work ethic.  
  • Must have highly developed coordination and organization skills.

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:

  • M.S. in Aerospace, Electrical, Software, Computer or Systems Engineering, Computer Science, or related discipline.
  • Experience building and integrating autonomous systems.
  • Experience in avionics and flight software development for human-rated space vehicle, e.g., Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Commercial Crew Vehicles, or Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV).
  • Experience with data networks, fault management, and mission planning and execution. 
  • Vehicle-wide knowledge of space vehicle systems, e.g., avionics, commanding telemetry, command and control, crew life support, displays, power, propulsion, thermal, guidance, navigation and control, communications and tracking, NASA Docking System, etc. 
  • Experience in the full life cycle of human-rated flight projects.
  • Experience with NASA Core Flight Software (CFS).

What We Can Offer You:

- We’ve been named a Best Place to Work by the Washington Post.

- Our employees value the flexibility at CACI that allows them to balance quality work and their personal lives.

- We offer competitive benefits and learning and development opportunities.

- We are mission-oriented and ever vigilant in aligning our solutions with the nation’s highest priorities.

- For over 55 years, the principles of CACI’s unique, character-based culture have been the driving force behind our success.

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CACI employs a diverse range of talent to create an environment that fuels innovation and fosters continuous improvement and success. At CACI, you will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact by providing information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for Intelligence, Defense, and Federal Civilian customers. CACI is proud to provide dynamic careers for employees worldwide. CACI is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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