Principal GNC Engineer

_ El Segundo, CA

As a Principal GNC Engineer, you will own all aspects and provide outstanding technical contribution to Impulse’s vehicle guidance, navigation, and control. You will contribute to the design, development, verification, and testing activities for vehicle flight control systems. This position requires a strong control background.


  • Develop GNC requirements, algorithms, and models representing nominal and off-nominal flight cases
  • Drive requirements for hardware-in-the-loop simulation testbeds to validate flight code
  • Analyze test and flight data to anchor models and simulations
  • Work across teams to define hardware and software requirements related to GNC
  • Work closely with a multidisciplinary engineering team to dev­­elop control and guidance solutions, assess the impact of designs on vehicle controllability and performance
  • Work with flight software engineers to implement control algorithms and navigation solutions and make recommendations for changing vehicle configuration to meet controllability and performance goals
  • Support ground and flight testing

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master's degree in engineering or physics
  • 4+ years of GNC-related experience in aerospace or defense
  • Fundamental knowledge and understanding of flight dynamics
  • In order to be successful in this role, you should be someone who thrives in ambiguity and is able to lead their own projects to completion
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively across teams
  • Ability to communicate technical challenges, explain rationale and/or resolve concerns

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Demonstrated experience developing flight code
  • Experience working in a technical leadership role for a launch vehicle or satellite development effort
  • Experience in a startup or agile development environment

Additional Requirements:

  • Flexible schedule and willing to travel as needed

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