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NanoRacks is Hiring – Associate Operations Engineer/Commercial Payload Operator

NanoRacks is Hiring – Associate Operations Engineer/Commercial Payload Operator

Associate Operations Engineer/Commercial Payload Operator

Position: Associate Operations Engineer/Commercial Payload Operator
Reports to: Director of Engineering
Location: Webster, Texas (We’re right by Johnson Space Center!)

About NanoRacks:

NanoRacks is an entrepreneurial aerospace company focusing on providing commercial access to space, currently on the International Space Station (ISS), Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, and more! The company, which was once tagged as the “UPS of Space”, has sent over 800 payloads to the ISS, including the deployment of over 240 satellites from over 30 countries into Low Earth Orbit. Since 2009, NanoRacks has created and expanded new in-space markets and has been the world leader for ushering in a new era of in-space services. Currently, NanoRacks is working to build commercial space stations (“Outposts”) from the spent upper stages of launch vehicles in orbit.

NanoRacks prides itself on being the first commercial space station company with customers!

Job description:

The selected candidate will be responsible for supporting the ISS crew with the internal and external payload operations during real time operations and the daily command and control of our on-orbit payloads to gather the science data for the clients. The daily tasks, including, but not limited to:

  • Prepare for the payload missions
  • Develop payload ops products (flight rules, crew procedures…)
  • Supporting ISS crew during the assembly or the operations of NanoRacks payloads in real-time
  • Conduct on orbit payload operations
  • Be able to occasionally work during night shifts and/or weekend/holidays as required

This position will closely interface with: NASA Marshall Space Center, NASA Johnson Space Center Program office and Crew office, NASA PSRP and NanoRacks Safety & Mission Assurance board members, NanoRacks Mission Managers, Engineering and Payload Integration Managers, and JAXA Engineering and Flight Control Team members.

The Associate Operations Engineer will be responsible for reporting status of payloads to management as well as cross reporting to team personnel to accomplish critical development and analysis tasks.

Basic requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in Computer Science field or Engineering but would consider non-degree with related experience.
  • Would be expected to obtain related ISSP access to JSC and appropriate database and IT tools once in the position.

Desired but not required

Certified NASA ISS Flight Controller in the FCR, MPSR, or Operator for the ISS Core system flight controller positions (OSO, CRONUS, ETHOS, and SPARTAN…or the similar).

Additional skills required:

Ability to work independently with sustained focus on complex tasks as well as in the team work environment. Must have excellent written and verbal communications skills and ability to coordinate complex technical projects in a dynamic program environment.

Any DIY skills will be very beneficial.


Competitive with industry standard

The successful candidate will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).

We hope you’ll apply to join our team. We do work with leaders from all over the world, including NASA, universities and government centers both foreign and domestic, and commercial companies. We’re fast, fun, passionate, and love sending things to space.

What we’re looking for:

Smart, talented, critical thinkers with an ability to handle responsibility in a dynamic and ever-changing landscape. You will own your projects and be results-oriented. NanoRacks is a small company (60 awesome people), but we interface with much larger organizations from around the world. You will need to be able to work in small and large groups as well as simultaneously execute an entire project on time.

Download the Associate Operations Engineer/Commercial Payload Operator Job PDF.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@nanoracks.com

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