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Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Engineer



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2023

Vast was founded to expand humanity's frontier into the solar system and beyond. We believe that the next step on that journey is enabling manufacturing and habitation in LEO. We are building artificial gravity space stations to make this a reality. If you want to join a team that builds amazing things with the most talented people on Earth, please reach out.

Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Engineer

Hawthorne, CA

Vast is looking for a Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Engineer

The selected candidate will support high fidelity modeling and simulation as well as research and development of flight control algorithms for our Orbiter spacecraft and/or our Haven space station. This is a dynamic and fun organization involved in deploying forward-leaning avionics, guidance, navigation, and control systems for developmental concepts for spacecraft, both unmanned and human-rated.

This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on the qualifications listed below. This requisition may be filled at either a level 3 or a level 4.


  • Maintain high fidelity GNC simulation architecture, including hardware-in-the-loop testing
  • Design, implement and validate GNC flight software
  • Develop control laws to meet vehicle performance and stability margin requirements
  • Support flight activities and analyze flight performance data

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline from an accredited university with a minimum of 3 years of experience OR Master’s degree in a STEM discipline from an accredited university with a minimum of 1-2 years of experience OR PhD in a STEM discipline from an accredited university with a minimum of 0 years of experience.
  • Strong C/C++ programming skills

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Python programming skills
  • Excellent communication, analysis, and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience in orbital mechanics as well as attitude dynamics and control.
  • Experience using linear control principles and tools to design feedback control systems.
  • Experience analyzing non-linear simulations of closed-loop dynamics.
  • Working knowledge of outer loop control law performance requirements.
  • Experience using MATLAB to create, process, analyze, and visually represent data.
  • Experience using Simulink to model dynamic systems.
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.
Vast is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Vast 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.