Commercial Spaceflight Operations Engineer

Position:Commercial Spaceflight Operations Engineer
Reports To:Director, On-Orbit Operations
LocationWebster, TX
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About Nanoracks

Nanoracks is a cutting-edge aerospace company focusing on providing commercial access to space, currently on the International Space Station (ISS), suborbital vehicles, expendable launch vehicles, and more! We have sent over 1,000 payloads to the Space Station, kickstarted the CubeSat deployment revolution, and have customers in over 30 nations.

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. This technology will enable spent upper stages to be used as crewed and un-crewed space stations for various purposes and customers—both civil and commercial.

Nanoracks will provide and facilitate an ecosystem of interoperable technologies and distributed free flying space stations. You can read our approach here.

We hope you’ll apply to join our team. We 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 (70+ 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.

Commercial Spaceflight Operations Engineer

The selected candidate will be responsible for supporting the ISS crew with the internal and external payload operations during real time operations, the development of the ISS crew Ops products, supporting NR Airlock real time operations, and planning and execution of free-flight spaceflight operations.

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.

This individual will also be responsible for reporting the status of on-board systems and payloads to management as well as cross reporting to team personnel to accomplish critical development and analysis tasks.


Knowledge, Skills & Responsibilities:
• Prepare for all NR missions, including payload missions, Airlock systems operations, and free-flight spaceflight missions.
• Develop Ops products (flight rules, crew procedures…) for NR payloads and Airlock.
• Supporting ISS crew during the assembly or the operations of NR Payloads and Airlock in real-time.
• Conduct on orbit payload and NR Airlock systems operations.
• Plan and operate NR Outpost free flight missions.
• Be able to work during night shifts and/or weekend or holidays as required.
• Must have the ability to work independently with sustained focus on complex tasks as well as in a team environment.
• Exhibit excellent written and verbal communication skills and abilities to coordinate complex technical projects in a dynamic program environment



Basic Qualifications:
• Must be a US Citizen.
• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Field (Non-Engineering Degree to be considered if work experience is directly related to the position)
• Must be able to obtain related ISSP access to Johnson Space Center (including but not limited to database and IT tools)
• Similar experience with Spaceflight Satellite Operations

Preferred Qualifications:
• Certified NASA ISS Flight Controller in the FCR, MPSR, or
• Operator for the ISS Core System Flight Controller Positions (OSO, ODIN, CATO, PHALCON, ECLSS, CRONUS, ETHOS, and SPARTAN)


Competitive with local and industry standard.

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