Senior Satellite Engineer, Flight Dynamics

Req ID:  31387
Travel:  Less than 10%

McLean, VA, US, 22102

Education:  Four-year college degree
Experience:  At least 3 years of experience required
Equivalency:  Combination of education/experience not considered

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including Vets and Disabled


No. Vacancies: 1

FLSA: Exempt

Department: 16150.Satellite Operations & Engineering

Location: McLean, VA 

Travel %: Less than 10%

Education: Four-year college degree

Experience: At least 3 years of experience required

Equivalency: Combination of education/experience not considered 

Level: P3-Mid-Level 

Does this position have direct reports: No

Hiring Manager: Brian Colomb

Your role in helping us shape the future:


This position applies professional engineering knowledge to perform to provide maintenance and development support for flight dynamics software and derive algorithms requirements for data analysis and to improve flight operations.  Develop strategies and computational algorithms/software required to monitor and control the orbital position and body orientation of operational and planned satellites. Support software maintenance and development life cycle including configuration management, testing and delivery process.  

Are you up to the challenge?

  • Support development, maintenance, evaluation, testing and delivery of flight dynamics software and tools to improve data trending and satellite maneuver life
  • Support data and trending analysis for the fleet of satellites.
  • Monitor maneuver performance and refine and update satellite maneuver life estimates.
  • Perform on-call responsibilities.


Can you drive these processes?

  • Perform daily orbital operation for Intelsat satellites including orbit and attitude determination; plan and reconstruct station-keeping maneuvers; generate maneuver schedule; trending analysis, update propellant consumption and generate orbital products.   
  • Resolve orbit anomalies and any problems related to flight dynamics


You should definitely have:

  • Bachelor’s degree required (computer science, engineering, physics degree preferred), with at least three years of relevant experience
  • Good analytical ability and programming skills
  • Experience working in an environment which requires engineering and analytical skills
  • Experience with Fortran.
  • Experience working with different hardware platforms and software operating systems
  • 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, SQL, and/or Perl is a plus

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.