Satellite Systems Engineer, BD

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business development

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 geointelligence 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 is operating and deploying a constellation of high-resolution imaging spacecraft to image the planet in near real time.ย 

Position Description:

BlackSky is looking for a talented and creative Satellite Systems Engineer โ€“ Business Development to support business development efforts with their satellite/constellation systems expertise. As part of the Satellite Systems Engineering team, you will take a primary role in new business development, as well as supporting the future design, development, and capability evolution of our BlackSky satellites โ€“ across all phases of a satellite lifecycle, including design, development, launch, and operation.

This position is a critical element of the BlackSky Satellite Systems Engineering team and is expected to work collaboratively with Sales, Contracts, Satellite Engineering and Ops, Ground Stations, and Constellation Design teams to identify solutions for new business that align current engineering baselines with future needs. The ideal candidate has experience with all satellite subsystems, is comfortable performing new mission feasibility assessments and providing high-level estimates of impacts to baseline designs, and enjoys effectively communicating through informal and formal (contracts, proposal writing) channels.


  • Quickly build working knowledge of baseline satellite design, capabilities, and constraints
  • Understand corporate business goals and direction on 1-5 year timelines
  • Work with internal and external customers to determine and assess requirements for future capabilities
  • Assess changes to baseline satellite design required for new mission opportunities
  • Support initial pursuit planning with early feasibility assessments
  • Identify enabling new technologies initiate/maintain vendor relationships
  • Track and maintain technology roadmap, working with core design team to on-ramp new capabilities
  • Perform trade studies to down-select to optimal technologies
  • Direct engineering analyses to support trade studies and new business proposals
  • Develop, maintain, and present satellite design and capability reference material for marketing and business development
  • Support proposals as needed with both reference information and direct input
  • Interface effectively with multidisciplinary teams, including satellite and ground system engineers, program management, software developers, IT, and systems engineering

Minimum Qualificationsย 

  • 3+ years of technical experience with satellite development, test, and/or operations
  • Bachelorโ€™s Degree in Aerospace Engineering or related discipline
  • Enthusiasm for independent problem-solving, yet possessing strong inter-team and cross-team cooperation and organization skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a strong understanding of audience
  • Ability to multi-task within a startup, fast paced environment
  • Must be a U.S. Person (U.S. Citizen)

Desired Skills:

  • 5+ years relevant technical experience, preferably in a space systems development environment
  • Advanced degree in engineering or related discipline with a focus on Space Systems
  • Thorough understanding of satellites systems and associated subsystems
  • Thorough understanding of mission architectures, mission planning, satellite constellations
  • Experience defining and performing technical trades and analyses
  • Experience with technology insertion โ€“ trades and road mapping
  • Experience with New Business Development and proposal writing
  • Experience managing one or more technical budgets (Link, Mass, Pointing, etc.)
  • Experience with hardware test and qualification (performance and environments)
  • Experience working on geospatial intelligence systems
  • Broad understanding of space systems and the interface/relationships between satellites and the other components of a space mission architecture
  • Experience with launch integration
  • Knowledgeable of space regulatory, compliance and export requirements and their effect on system designย 
  • Familiarity with small satellite design and qualification processes and testing best practices
  • Familiarity with JAMA, STK, Grafana, Atlassian (Confluence, JIRA) workflows
  • TS/SCI Clearance

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.

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United States, Seattle, WA

Posted 12d ago

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