Constellation Operations Engineer

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Constellation Operations Engineer

About Us:

BlackSky is a geospatial intelligence solutions provider that enables organizations to task, collect, and transform data from earth observation, global sensor networks, mobile devices, and social media to deliver on-demand insights about places, events, and assets that are critical to their operations. Blacksky provides satellite collection, data, and cloud based -processing and analytic solutions to organizations that are capitalizing on the exponential growth of a wide range of sensor and collection platforms for delivering the next generation of GEOINT and location intelligence solutions. BlackSky has extensive expertise and capabilities in commercial remote sensing, multi-source analytics, cloud computing, open source software development, Amazon Web Services, and big data geospatial analytics. BlackSky provides solutions to commercial and government organizations with relevant programs with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), US. Army, and U.S. Air Force Research Labs.

As a part of our Constellation Operations Engineering team, your responsibilities are expected to be wide ranging, spanning many different aspects of the constellation architecture including satellite systems, ground stations, and ground control software. Specifically, you will support the development and implementation of on-orbit satellite checkout and long-term sustainment plans, ensure we have robust operations processes and procedures, and work with our software teams to help optimize automation of these activities. Responsibilities may also include building custom tools for telemetry trending and analysis, helping to track overall constellation health and other trends. You will also serve a role in our control room during launch and early operations activities, working to make sure we can successfully bring our satellites into commercial service quickly and safely.

This role is based in Seattle and requires regular access to our Seattle Office. Full-time remote work cannot be supported for the role at this time. Clearance Requirement: Must be a U.S. Citizen.


  • Define processes and procedures for on-orbit operations for nominal and anomaly scenarios.
  • Collaborate with ground and flight software teams to define, implement, and test software tools and services focused on autonomous operations.
  • Participate in launch and early operations activities for BlackSky satellite launches, with occasional non-traditional work schedules required (short-term 24/7 operations support).
  • Support constellation sustainment activities, including anomaly investigation, telemetry trending and analysis, and scheduled on-call support.
  • Develop and execute design verification activities across constellation segments, including spacecraft, ground stations, and ground/flight software.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical or Mechanical Engineering or related discipline.
  • Possess strong team and inter-team cooperation and organization skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a strong understanding of audience.
  • Ability to sustain a workload effectively which has several concurrent independent activities.
  • Must be a U.S. Person (U.S. Citizen or Green Card holder).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in a space operations environment, may include either satellites or launch vehicles.
  • Knowledge of satellite subsystems and RF ground systems.
  • Familiarity with STK, Linux, and Python highly desired.
  • Experience with the operation of autonomous systems (satellites or otherwise).
  • Self-starter with the ability to distill problems into actionable projects, with an eye towards optimization and improved efficiency.

BlackSky is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer All Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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.

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United States, Seattle, WA

Posted 2 months ago

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