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Spacecraft Flight Software Engineer


SAIC is looking for a cleared, Spacecraft Flight Software Engineer, with technical expertise in spacecraft Flight Software (FSW) development. 

  • S&L provides technical and programmatic support to coordinate and execute acquisition payload engineering, vehicle engineering, adjunct payload accommodation, and integration, test and launch functions for spacecraft and adjunct payloads.

Job Responsibilities:

  • The Vehicle Engineering Branch requires a software engineer with technical expertise in spacecraft Flight Software (FSW) development.
  • The selected candidate will be an integral participant in software requirements definition, development, and allocation, design, and verification for spacecraft and payload flight software.
  • Key areas of focus include software systems engineering, review of contractor designs, evaluation of operating modes, and a strong understanding of associated firmware and hardware (e.g., onboard computers).
  • Experience on satellite programs is strongly desired.
  • Candidate should also be experienced in the design, integration and test of satellite buses and knowledgeable of launch and flight operations of space vehicles.
  • Support the customer in the design, integration, test, and verification/qualification of FSW.
  • Provide expert advice concerning FSW development to the FSW Subsystem Project Officer.
  • Review and coordinate on all changes to specifications, lnterface Control Documents (lCDs) and system level requirements documentation for FSW.
  • Review flight software interface definition with other spacecraft subsystems (e.9., payload, thermal, attitude control, etc.) for accuracy to ensure requirement allocation documentation is complete and accurate.
  • Track development issues, significant accomplishments and upcoming events and provide weekly status updates to the customer.
  • ldentify software development risks and assess larger program impacts.
  • Attend all flight software reviews, and program management reviews.
  • Provide expert advice/analysis on FSW considerations for new satellite/payload developments.
  • Coordinate with bus development point of contact (POC), division subsystem leads, branch chiefs and division chiefs.
  • Coordinate activities of the in-factory support group to monitor key FSW test events.
  • Provide support to launch and satellite on-orbit test as required by the customer.
  • Attend Vehicle Engineering Branch and Advanced Payload Division meetings as appropriate at the request of the Government Project Officer.
  • Support the customer as required in the review of financial and earned value reports.
  • Provide technical evaluation of FSW efforts in contractor proposals Engineering Change Proposals (EcPs).
  • Attend contractor milestone reviews (e.g. PDR, CDR, pre-test, pre- ship and other meetings) to provide technically based recommendations regarding satisfaction of review entrance and exit criteria.
  • Develop productive relationships with prime contractor counterparts, functional counterparts, and other spacecraft subsystem subject matter experts.
  • Advise and mentor GPO personnel regarding spacecraft development.
  • Other duties as specified by the customer.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering, computer science or software.
  • 10+ years of embedded software development experience.

Required Skills:

  • C++ and VXWorks 6.5.
  • Basic understanding of DOD/IC satellite systems and architectures.
  • Experience in DOD/IC acquisition and program management processes.
  • Available to travel domestically.

Desired Skills:

  • Masters in Engineering or Physics.

Required Clearances:


  • TS/SCI with CI Poly



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Security Clearance:
Top Secret / SCI + CI Poly
United States
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