On-Orbit Operations Engineer

Nanoracks Hiring in Houston
Position:On-Orbit Operations Engineer
Reports To:On-Orbit Operations Director
Location:Webster, 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.

On-Orbit Operations Engineer


The On-Orbit Operations Engineer will be responsible for developing all Ops products and all On-Orbit related Ops activities needed to command & control the Nanoracks Airlock and all Nanoracks payloads on ISS. This position will also conduct all Ops Functional tests and HFIT, prepare all ISS bound payloads for launch, as well as all crew IVA Ops products and eventually support the ISS Crew with any On-Orbit IVA activities as well as command and control Nanoracks payloads from the Nanoracks BRIDGE.


Essential Duties:

  • Check the NRAL health and status on a regular basis with the goal of keeping NRAL in good operational condition
  • Support NASA/MCC-H with all NRAL Operations in preparation for an Airlock sortie
  • Coordinate with ISS bound payload customers to gather the Con-Op and all knowledge needed to conduct the payload experiment or operations on orbit, as well as preparing the payloads for launch
  • Support the ISS Crew and/or NASA MCC-H or NASA/POIC to conduct real-time operations of the Nanoracks Airlock or Nanoracks payloads on ISS
  • Command and control Nanoracks payloads on ISS from the Nanoracks BRIDGE per each payloads’ Con-op and requirements to achieve mission success for each payload
  • Record, report, and analyze spacecraft mission data by observing data and preparing summaries of data via written tabulations, charts, graphs, and reports as necessary
  • Provide technical assistance to lower-level operators in work area


Additional Responsibilities:

  • Available to be on call 24 hours a day, 7days a week, and 365 days a year, including weekends and holidays, for Real-Time Operations
  • Complete hands-on tasks while handling flight hardware with care and respect
  • Train the NASA ISS Astronauts about the Nanoracks Airlock
  • Available to travel occasionally
  • Other duties as assigned




  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university required
  • B.S. in Engineering and Computer Science preferred
  • Master’s degree from four-year college or university preferred



  • At least 2 years’ experience required
  • 2 years post NASA certification required
  • Teaching experience a plus


Certifications & Licenses:

  • NASA Flight Controller Certified for either ISS or Space Shuttle Flight Controllers



  • Writing
  • Creativity
  • Communication Skills
  • Self-Discipline
  • DIY skills
  • Self-motivated


EEO Statement:

It is our policy to select, place, train and promote the most qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude and experience so as to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees in compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws and without regard to non-work related factors such as race, color, religion/creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran stats, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, genetic information, or other protected status. When applicable, our policy of non-discrimination applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, transfer, promotion, placement, lay-off, compensation, termination, reduction in force and benefits.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general content and requirements for performance of this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties, responsibilities, and requirements. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter the scope of work within the framework of this job description at any time without prior notice.


Competitive with local and industry standard.

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