Mission Operations Engineer – Spacecraft

Cedar Park TX, US

Full Time

2 months ago

Job description


As an end-to-end space transportation company, Firefly Aerospace is on a mission to enable our world to launch, land, and operate in space – anywhere, anytime. Our launch vehicles, lunar landers, and orbital vehicles provide government and commercial customers with full mission services from low Earth orbit to the surface of the Moon and beyond. Headquartered in north Austin, Texas, Firefly is looking for passionate, hardworking innovators to join our team and help fuel our successful trajectory into space.


Firefly is seeking a Mission Operations Engineer to support flight operations for spacecraft (Blue Ghost and Elytra missions). This role will help develop all flight and in-space operations based on payload and spacecraft requirements and timelines. After launch, the Mission Operations Engineer will support the mission on console, ensuring the successful completion of all requirements.


  • Develop the plan for and timeline of spacecraft operations from LV separation to end-of-mission
  • Develop spacecraft operational procedures, software, and scripts with input from subsystem teams
  • Develop contingency procedures for fault response and anomaly resolution
  • Develop and maintain tools to perform validation of operational plans
  • Support the execution of all spacecraft activities on console during active mission operations including checkouts and commissioning; payload science activities; maneuvers; and lunar surface operations
  • Support pre-launch integration and test activities
  • Support development (requirements, design, procurement, build) of infrastructure for spacecraft mission operations
  • Have a strong Systems Engineering understanding of the ground and flight hardware to best understand how operations impact vehicle performance and survivability.



  • 3-5 years of hands-on engineering operations and control room experience
  • Demonstrated experience with a full spacecraft mission life cycle, from pre-launch testing and early operations through end-of-life
  • Demonstrated experience working with interdisciplinary teams
  • Proficiency in Python


  • 5-10 years of experience in one of the following: spacecraft systems engineering, spacecraft or launch vehicle operations, engineering program management, or remotely operated vehicles
  • Experience with the Atlassian suite of software
  • Proficient with spacecraft Integration and Test, incorporating flight-like scenarios into the test environment.

Firefly offers outstanding benefits for our employees, including generous health, dental and vision plans with low plan deductibles, parental leave, educational reimbursement, short term disability, pet Insurance, and flexible PTO options.

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.

Firefly Aerospace, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Firefly is governed based on merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

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