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NanoRacks is Hiring – Mission Manager, External Payloads

NanoRacks is Hiring – Mission Manager, External Payloads

Mission Manager, External PayloadsJob Posting: Mission Manager, External Payloads (Satellites and Hosted Payloads)

Reports to: External Payloads Manager & Senior Mission Management Staff

Location: Washington, D.C. (14th & K St NW)

About NanoRacks
NanoRacks is a cutting-edge aerospace company focused on providing commercial access to space, launching payloads on a wide variety of launch vehicles to the International Space Station (ISS) and other various low-Earth orbits. The company, which was once tagged as the “UPS of Space”, has sent over 700 payloads to the ISS, including over 220 satellites from more than 20 countries. 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.

NanoRacks is looking for a Mission Manager who will be focused on the Company’s growing satellite and hosted payload pipeline and customer base.

As Mission Manager, you’ll oversee the payload from contract signing to in-space operation (deployed into low-Earth orbit or installed on a hosted payload platform outside of the ISS). The primary job scope includes but not limited to the responsibilities of:

  • The direct customer interface for external payload accounts from contract signing to in-space operation (small satellites and hosted payloads).
  • The direct interface with NASA, JAXA, SpaceX, Northrop Grumman, and other ISS Program Partners and Launch Vehicle providers on behalf of the customer for the payload integration.
  • Relaying and verifying compliance of all technical and programmatic requirements levied by the ISS Program, launch vehicle, and other governing bodies.
  • Verifying technical compliance to all NanoRacks hardware interface requirements.
  • Supporting of all internal engineering development as necessary to include hardware development, I&T, and configuration management.
  • Maintaining and authoring Interface Control Documents (ICDs), test reports, and other related engineering verification or technical documents required for each payload.
  • Performing fit-checks, hardware testing, and satellite integration in the field.
  • Assisting with and developing payload integrated project schedules.
  • Supporting business development projects or programs by completing feasibility assessments, drafting statements of work, assisting in contract formulation and milestone development, and any other business or systems related activities.

Basic Qualifications

  • 0-5 years professional work experience.
  • You must be a US citizen.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering (mechanical, electrical, aerospace, chemical), hard science (physics, materials science), computer science/engineering, or mathematics from an accredited university.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills for both technical and non-technical audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Direct experience working with CubeSats or Small Satellites (design, build, test, analysis, launch, operation, etc.).
  • Experience working with government and commercial aerospace customers.
  • Familiarity with the aerospace industry, including launch vehicles and/or satellite development.
  • Ability to understand and/or conduct technical analysis products (structural, thermal, orbital mechanics).
  • Understanding of United States export technology laws and regulations.
  • Understanding of United States spectrum coordination laws and regulations.
  • Experience in IT networking and software development (particularly working with Linux-based systems and protocols).

Additional Requirements

The Mission Manager must be willing to travel (about 30% of the time) to launch sites, customer facilities, and NASA/government centers, both foreign and domestic in support of engineering activities or customer relations work. Because you’re in the aerospace industry, this work may fall on weekends or holidays and therefore your schedule must be accordingly flexible.

Who We’re Looking For

Smart and talented critical thinkers with an ability to handle responsibility in a dynamic and ever-changing landscape. Often the job of the Mission Manager will fall into all facets of what it takes to run a business and engineering company. The ability to work in an ambiguous environment is necessary. There is an expectation that you own your projects and are success oriented. NanoRacks is a small company (less than 65 awesome people) and our External Payloads team is even smaller. You will interface with much larger organizations which requires you to be able to work in small and large teams and be self-sufficient enough to take charge of entire projects to produce quality products on time. And that you love space, because we do too.

You love space, because we do too.


Competitive with industry standard.

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How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@nanoracks.com. Highlight your accomplishments, why you’d be a good fit, and any relevant experience. If you have any experience working with CubeSats, highlight that too.

We seriously hope you’ll apply to join our team. We do fascinating work with incredible people from all facets of the world, including DoD, universities and global government centers, and commercial companies. We’re fast, fun, passionate, and love sending things to space.

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