Guidance, Navigation & Controls Engineer

Guidance Navigation & Controls · Webster, Texas
Department Guidance Navigation & Controls
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

OVERVIEW: Axiom Space is the commercial leader in human spaceflight and on-orbit research & manufacturing services, steered by a team of experts and guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. Axiom provides unprecedented access to the International Space Station today while building and operating its successor – the world’s first international commercial space station – to improve life on Earth and foster possibilities beyond it. 


Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic GN&C Engineer who is preoccupied with big questions: Where do we go from here? What are the limits of innovation and exploration? How do we continue to evolve as a species? 

SUMMARY: Our team is looking for an energetic and dynamic GN&C Engineer who will support the design, development, and testing of Axiom’s GN&C System. This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements, and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised. 


Note: Proof of COVID – 19 vaccination status (vaccination card) will be required for employment otherwise a request for medical or religious accommodation is necessary 


  • Develop GN&C algorithms and architecture for AxHub1 module  
  • Build GN&C simulation for flight software analysis  
  • Analyze GN&C Monte Carlo simulations  
  • Perform GN&C hardware trade studies and testing  

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


Education & Experience 

  • B.S. in Engineering or related field and 2+ years of experience or Masters degree preferred  
  • Experience developing spacecraft GN&C systems for space vehicles  
  • Experience with GN&C and Monte Carlo analysis 
  • Extensive experience with spacecraft dynamics and orbital mechanics  
  • Significant C++, Python, and MATLAB programming experience 

Desired Qualifications  

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Engineering or related field  
  • Experience developing spacecraft guidance algorithms  
  • Experience analyzing low earth orbit trajectories  
  • Experience developing control algorithms, stability analysis, and thruster-select logic  
  • Experience in Kalman filtering and state estimation 
  • Experience with image processing and algorithm development 
  • Experience with GN&C hardware including IMU, GPS, Star Trackers, LIDAR and OpNav 
  • Experience with SWIL and HWIL testing and integration 
  • Experience with NASA’s Trick simulation framework 
  • Experience with JSC Engineering Orbital Mechanics (JEOD) 
  • Experience working in a multi-function team in an Agile environment  

Essential Functions 

  • Work Environment: Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task. 


  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation. 
  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised. 
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position. 


 Physical Requirements 

  • Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of the time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of the time). 
  • Equipment and Machines 
  • Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.). 



  • Highly organized and detail oriented; able to juggle, prioritize, and keep track of multiple tasks and projects. 
  • Ability to multi-task, work independently with minimal supervision, and make and communicate the rationale behind key decisions in a constantly evolving fast-pace work environment. 
  • Strong project and time management skills with a high level of intuition and judgment. 
  • Must have a “can do” attitude – no job is too big or small, problem solver. 
  • Ability to take on ownership of projects ad hoc and drive them from beginning to end. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skill 
  • Excellent communication skill, verbal and written 
  • Excellent organizational skills 
  • Result oriented personality with a creative approach to problem solving 
  • Ability to work in a team environment 
  • Self-motivated 


Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: 

  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values 
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics 
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity 
  • Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods 
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources 
  • Teamwork - Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic and deadline-oriented environment 



Axiom Space is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  Axiom Space does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. 



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  • Location
    Webster, Texas
  • Department
    Guidance Navigation & Controls
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience