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Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Engineer

K2 Space

K2 Space

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, September 30, 2023

The Role

You will be a core driver of the overall spacecraft architecture while executing detailed trade studies to find new and novel ways to implement the spacecraft’s guidance, attitude control, and attitude estimation systems. In the first 3 months, you will own and execute all major trade studies related to guidance, attitude estimation, and attitude control while establishing robust and sustainable simulations for the company. In the first 6 months you will begin designing and implementing the core GNC algorithms that fly the spacecraft. In the first year you and your team will complete the first flight demonstration of your GNC system while preparing for future generations of spacecraft.


  • Work with other engineering leads to develop a novel high level vehicle architecture

  • Develop novel algorithms for precise pointing and station-keeping of very large structures in earth orbit and beyond

  • Select and size actuators/sensors to support attitude control of the spacecraft

  • Develop simulation and modeling tools to support vehicle and GNC trade studies

  • Contribute to building the GNC organization by recruiting, hiring, and mentoring other engineers


  • Experience with GNC actuator or sensor sizing, selection, and system design

  • Experience with implementing attitude control and/or estimation algorithms on spacecraft

  • Experience with Python, Julia, C/C++, or Matlab for algorithm development, implementation, and simulation

Nice to Have

  • Experience with early stage spacecraft conceptual design, i.e. “clean sheet” design work

  • Experience with low-thrust station-keeping algorithm development

  • Experience with reaction wheel, control moment gyroscope, or thruster sizing and algorithm implementation

  • Experience with trajectory analysis, modeling, and mission design

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Base salary range for this role is $125,000 - $200,000 + equity in the company

  • Salary will be based on several factors including, but not limited to: knowledge and skills, education, and experience level

  • Comprehensive benefits package including unlimited paid time off, medical/dental/vision coverage, life insurance, paid parental leave, and many other perks

If you don’t meet 100% of the preferred skills and experience, we encourage you to still apply! Building a spacecraft unlike any other requires a team unlike any other and non-traditional career twists and turns are encouraged! If you need a reasonable accommodation as part of your application for employment or interviews with us, please let us know.

ITAR Requirements

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.

Equal Opportunity

K2 Space is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with K2 Space 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.