Manager GNC Engineering

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Englewood, Colorado, United States


Full Time

a month ago

Job description

ispace, inc. is a global lunar resource development company with the vision, “Expand our Planet. Expand our Future.” specializing in designing and building lunar landers and rovers. ispace aims to extend the sphere of human life into space and create a sustainable world by providing high-frequency, low-cost transportation services to the Moon. The company has offices in Japan, Luxembourg, and the United States and is growing rapidly.  ispace Technologies U.S., based in Englewood, Colorado, focuses on high-capacity payload lunar landers.

With locations in the U.S., Japan, and Europe, ispace is positioned to be a global leader in the exploration and development of the moon. Let's go to the moon together! Our team is growing, and we are actively looking for great people to join the ispace mission.

ispace technologies U.S. is looking for a Manager GNC Engineering to add to it's growing team!


  • Oversee and manage all aspects of the GNC teams work. 
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the GNC subsystem both internally and with external partners. 
  • Collaborate with other colleagues, partners and suppliers to ensure an integrated approach to the lunar lander's development. 
  • Lead the GNC teams to successfully execute the work needed to design, build and operate the APEX 1.0 lander.  
  • Manage the GNC teams tasking, schedule, budget and progress.
  • Develop and optimize the GNC system to ensure it meets mission requirements. 
  • Conduct simulation and analysis to validate GNC system performance.
  • Make and communicate decisions related to their subsystem. 
  • Oversee the integration of GNC systems with other vehicle systems.
  • Coordinate with other Leads when decisions affect multiple subsystems. 
  • Develop algorithms for guidance, navigation, and control.
  • Engage with external partners, suppliers, and vendors as necessary to ensure subsystem specifications are met. 
  • Provide inputs for the Integrated Master Schedule (IMS), budget considerations, trade studies, vendor selections, and other relevant areas. 
  • Participate in weekly meetings, providing updates and feedback on their subsystem's progress. 
  • Mentor and guide team members within their subsystem, ensuring quality and timely completion of tasks. 
  • Input into the system level technical budgets, processes and procedures. 
  • Own the subsystems project plan, tasking and day to day operations. 
  • Proactively identify and manage risks within the subsystem, creating risk mitigation strategies.
  • Encourage a culture of continuous improvement to enhance subsystem design and processes.
  • Ensure subsystem development adheres to international space standards, regulations, and safety protocols.
  • Stay informed of the latest industry trends to maintain and grow technical expertise within the subsystem area.
  • Engage with key stakeholders to communicate the status, progress, and achievements of the subsystem.
  • Maintain documentation for design, development, testing, and operational procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with industry standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Create and implement training programs for team members to develop necessary skills for subsystem work.
  • Manage the efficient allocation and utilization of resources, including team members, equipment, and materials.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Minimum of 10 years experience working on GNC for aerospace systems.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (mandatory Aerospace focus), Electrical Engineering, or Robotics Engineering. We will consider an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience.
  • Relevant work experience and/or substantial coursework in spacecraft GNC.
  • Ability to perform spacecraft GNC design and analysis tasks, and support mission operations.
  • Working knowledge of interplanetary mission design.
  • Working knowledge of spacecraft guidance and control needs during orbital and/or entry, descent and landing.
  • Strong experience in 6DOF simulations of spacecraft.
  • Strong experience with simulation and programming tools (ex. Matlab/Simulink, C++, Python).
  • Familiarity with GNC hardware sensor suites and actuators for spacecraft applications.
  • Experience with contingency planning and spacecraft FDIR.
  • Working knowledge of Kalman Filters.
  • Working knowledge of non-linear system modeling.
  • Experience working in group settings with colleagues from different engineering disciplines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, both verbal and written.
  • Self-motivated learner.


  • Advanced degree in Applied Math, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (mandatory Aerospace focus), Electrical Engineering, or Robotics Engineering. We will consider an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience
  • Demonstrated professional experience in spacecraft GNC systems outside of LEO.
  • Ability to solve complex problems in a fast-paced collaborative interdisciplinary team environment.
  • Extensive experience with C++ and Python programming languages
  • Extensive experience with NAIF SPICE
  • Extensive experience with STK/STK Scheduler/ODTK/SOLIS
  • Monte Carlo analysis and Stochastic Optimization
  • Knowledge of Convex Optimization
  • Experience in relative navigation, image processing, and feature detection techniques
  • Experience with linear and non-linear control system design and implementation
  • Experience with robust controller design techniques including, but not limited to, LQR/LQG, H∞, and SMC.
  • Knowledge of State-space control design techniques
  • Design and analysis of controllers using classical control system design (frequency and s-domain) and modern approaches.


  • Ability to work in a fast-paced design and development environment.
  • Schedule flexibility may be required depending on program development needs.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally as required.


  • Competitive salary based upon experience - $155,000 - $175,000. The salary posted is a targeted range for budget of position.  Base compensation can be negotiated and will be commensurate with experience, skills, education, and training.
  • Equity/Stock options 
  • Medical/vision/dental health benefits (Some 100% company paid options available for employee only)  
  • Hybrid work schedule 
  • Company-paid public transportation on RTD buses and light rail (RTD EcoPass)  
  • Paid vacation (18 days), Sick days (6 days), Holidays (14 paid holidays) 
  • 401(k) 
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. Learn more about the ITAR here.  

ispace is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with ispace is governed on the basis of 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.
All applicants who are offered employment with ispace US will be subject to a background investigation. Offers of employment are contingent on the successful completion of a background investigation conducted in accordance with Company policies and all applicable laws.

ispace Technologies, US, Inc. is a drug-free workplace.
ispace Technologies, US, Inc. participates in the E-Verify program. 

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