Satellite Engineer, Flight Dynamics

Req ID:  29386
Travel:  Less than 10%

McLean, VA, US, 22102

Education:  Four-year college degree
Experience:  At least 1 year of experience required
Equivalency:  Combination of education/experience not considered


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including Vets and Disabled




Your role in helping us shape the future:

Working in a team environment, you will apply professional engineering knowledge to perform in-orbit operations including maneuver planning, propellant accounting and related trending analysis. Provide support to software development support and derive algorithms requirements for data analysis and to improve flight operations. 

Are you up to the challenge?

  • Primary duty is to perform orbit determination and maneuver planning to maintain the position of our geosynchronous satellites.
  • Support detail data and trending analysis for the fleet of satellites.
  • Monitor maneuver performance and to refine and update satellite maneuver life estimates.
  • Derive algorithm and implement tools to improve data trending and satellite maneuver life calculations.
  • Perform on-call responsibilities.


Can you drive these processes?

  • If will require your participation pate in flight dynamics software maintenance, development, enhancement, and testing.
  • Maintain accurate accounting of propellant.
  • Monitor maneuver performance and refine and update satellite maneuver life estimates.
  • Support daily flight dynamics operations, including orbit determination, maneuver planning, and product generation.


You should definitely have:

  • Bachelor’s degree required (computer science, engineering, physics degree preferred), with at least one year of relevant experience
  • Good analytical ability and programming skills
  • Experience working in an environment which requires engineering and analytical skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and perform self-directed research.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Good communication skills, including the ability to express ideas clearly both verbally and in writing.

It would be nice if you had:

  • Familiarity with Matlab, Perl and other scripting language is a plus
  • Familiarity in Web development

What it’s like to work with us:

Intelsat is connecting the world and transforming the satellite landscape by reaching beyond the traditional satellite industry. We are defining new products that will open new, profitable markets. To help us reach this goal, you should be a bold thinker who will perform a key role in shaping Intelsat innovation for years to come.

  • We emphasize personal and professional growth
  • Awesome benefits including PTO, medical, tuition reimbursement, and training
  • Fun, diverse, and inclusive culture


  • This role is subject to ITAR; candidates must be a US Person (this includes US Citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Individual such as an asylee or refugee).
  • These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job.  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees assigned to this job.
  • Company description: Intelsat is the largest provider of fixed satellite services worldwide. We enable providers of media, telecom and government services to deliver information and entertainment to people at home, in the office or on the move. On a day-to-day basis, Intelsat supplies video, data and voice connectivity in approximately 200 countries and territories for approximately 1,800 customers, many of which Intelsat has had relationships with for over 30 years. Some of the world’s leading media and communications companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and government/military organizations hallmark Intelsat’s customer base. Customers access capacity through extensive service offerings, which include transponder services, hybrid managed services combining satellite capacity and terrestrial facilities, and channel services.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC