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NASA Deputy SW Lead - Satellite Simulator

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Job ID: 2306944
Location: GREENBELT, MD, United States
Date Posted: Jun 7, 2023
Category: Software
Subcategory: SW Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: No
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Public Trust
Potential for Remote Work: No Remote
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Job Description


Seeking a Deputy Product Develop Lead on the OMES II contract in support of the On-Orbit Servicing Assembly and Manufacturing OSAM-1 program NASA’s Exploration and In-Space Services Projects (NExIS) division.  This position is located at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD.

OSAM-1 is a robotic servicing mission designed to refuel a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite. It contains 3 elements: the Flight Element comprised of the OSAM-1 Servicing Vehicle (RSV) and development testbeds, the Ground Element comprised of the systems required to conduct RSV operations and the supporting networks and facilities, and the Launch Element comprised of the Launch Vehicle and supporting facilities and services. NExIS is responsible for the design, engineering, development, test, and operations of the OSAM-1 Mission through an integrated team at GSFC. The Servicing Payload design, development, and RSV integration will be conducted at GSFC.

The Deputy Lead will support the development, deployment, and maintenance of the Realtime Dynamic Simulator (RDS) for the OSAM-1 Mission. RDS is a closed-loop physics simulation of the OSAM-1 Spacecraft and client space vehicle, which simulates relative velocities, orientations, thruster and reaction wheel actuation, and command and telemetry data. RDS generates real-time simulated imaging using GPU-accelerated ray-tracing to support development and validation of spacecraft subsystems.


Job Description:

  • Support the development, deployment, and maintenance of the RDS system.
  • Development may be utilizing tools and languages such as C/C++, Freespace, ASIST/FEDS, FPGA interfacing, Python, and Gitlab.
  • Provide technical direction and coordinate work products among a small team of Senior software developers/engineers working on RDS.
  • Support NASA design reviews (i.e. test readiness, peer review, CDR, etc.)
  • Coordinate with test conductors and other project engineers.
  • Assess complex issues, recommend resolution to the team and management, and implement fixes.
  • Present status, issues, and risks to internal RDS and I&T leads/management.
  • Ensure that the quality, accuracy, and integrity of the I&T technical documentation, reports, and deliverables comply with NASA and OSAM-1 standards, project plans, and policies.
  • Write and review test plans, procedures, and Work Order Authorizations.
  • Work with and direct technicians.


Required Education:

  • Bachelors and nine (9) years or more experience; Masters and seven (7) years or more experience ; PhD or JD and four (4) years or more experience, or appropriate combination of education and experience as determined by management.


Desired Education: 

  • Bachelor’s or Master's degree in aerospace/electrical/software/computer engineering, or closely related field, from an accredited institution


Required Experience: 

  • Experience performing in a Team Lead capacity, including delegation of tasks. 
  • Highly self-motived, with proven ability to deliver work products with minimal direct supervision.
  • Demonstrated capacity to understand large complex aerospace software and hardware systems.
  • Proven capability to communicate highly complex software and hardware problems in short, concise, and easily understandable language.
  • Strong proficiency in resolving technical and schedule issues in order to ensure that deliverables are met on schedule.
  • Proficiency in advising management, inside and outside own organization, on system architecture, technical results, or risks. 
  • Ability to work core hours on-site 4-5 days per week. 
  • Ability to lift 35lbs.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain NASA Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) certification (GSFC-SH-ESDCO300 300-PG-8730.6.1A*). 
  • Full Professional English proficiency. 
  • 10 Years of experience. 


Desired Experience: 

  • Demonstrated experience in full-cycle software development. 
  • Experience with git collaboration tools.
  • Experience with NASA mission life cycle and review cycle (design reviews, requirements reviews, integration reviews, trade studies, etc.).



  • Must be a U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain a Public Trust Clearance. 

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