Systems Engineer III (System Autonomy and Fault Management)

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Come be a part of an amazing team designing system automation and fault management for the Dream Chaser Spaceplane! In this role, you will be directly responsible for designing the vehicle autonomy, automation, and fault management. We are truly One Team, with One Dream. Come make history with us.

Sierra Space, based in Louisville, Colorado with operations in Madison, Wisconsin, Durham, North Carolina, and Kennedy Space Center, Florida, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, satellites, propulsion and environmental systems, spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. government (including NASA), commercial customers and international organizations. Learn more about Sierra Space

This position supports the Dream Chaser System Autonomy and Fault Management (SAFM) team through the following:

  • Design Fault Detection, Isolation, and Recovery (FDIR) algorithms considering timing, memory, and other guidelines producing the necessary documentation to support peer and engineering review board approval
  • Implementing those algorithms for execution on-board the spacecraft using the vehicleโ€™s framework for telemetry monitoring and commanding, collectively called CMAS
  • Synchronize CMAS products with a Command and Telemetry Database and FSW architecture to ensure consistent build products
  • Collaboration with subsystem cognizant engineers and multiple stakeholders through Integrated Product Teams to identify flight-like fault injections and translate those concepts into executable scripts to run on the mission simulation software to exercise the CMAS implementation
  • Track CMAS testing activities to ensure verification with requirements traceability
  • Support the creation of flight-like scenarios that realistically simulate the various mission phases for testing and verification of CMAS.
  • Provide support to flight software development and hardware/software integration
  • Create post-processing tools to capture test data automatically; provide an automated assessment; and prepare test data for easy reduction and analysis by reviewers
  • Support to AI&T and Flight Operations during testing, mission simulation, and mission execution


  • Bachelor's degree (Masterโ€™s preferred) in Aerospace Engineering or related discipline
  • Related experience may be considered in lieu of required education
  • Test data analysis and root-cause analysis experience
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Experience working with Integrated Product Teams that include stakeholders from multiple spacecraft disciplines


  • Knowledge of spacecraft system and subsystem FDIR
  • Understand spacecraft autonomy concepts including the creation of command sequences that execute on-board a spacecraft
  • Experience writing test cases and test scripts
  • Experience with: C/C++, Python, configuration management (e.g. - Subversion, Windchill), and test data reduction/review concepts
  • Understand spacecraft hardware channelization, telemetry generation, and data latencies
  • Understanding of peer review processes (e.g. - Jira)
  • Exposure to requirements management and verification
  • Experience with proper precautions for interacting and using space flight-equivalent and flight-use hardware
  • Experience working with NASA; preferably human spaceflight programs
  • Flight Operations Experience
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance may be required Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances


To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant 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 or U.S. Department of Commerce.

With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station. Please visit to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $104,827.91 - $144,138.38

Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

As COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities, we are taking action to address the increased risk and uncertainty COVID-19 and associated variants pose in the workplace. SNC is committed to supporting our employees while ensuring we continue to meet essential national security needs of our country.

With employee health and safety as our top priority, and as a federal contractor, SNC will continue to require COVID-19 vaccination status for all employees including new hires. In accordance with applicable requirements, all current and newly hired employees who are unvaccinated may be required to adhere to enhanced onsite safety protocols including weekly COVID-19 testing, face coverings, and social distancing.ย 

The status of applicable COVID-19 vaccination requirements are subject to change depending on applicable court orders and the course of ongoing litigation. Candidates may later be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have an approved exemption.ย 

At Sierra Space, our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. Sierra Space is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Contributions to Sierra Space come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.

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Sierra Space
United States, Louisville, CO
Posted 10 months ago
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