Guidance Navigation and Control Engineer

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Location: Crofton, MD

Reports to: President

FLSA Designation: Exempt


Adcole Maryland Aerospace, LLC (AMA) was formed by a merger between industry leaders in small satellites (Maryland Aerospace, Inc.) and high-reliability large satellite components (Adcole Corporation). AMA is a leading provider of Small Satellite and CubeSat components and end-to-end space systems. Since delivering the world’s first self-contained CubeSat attitude determination and control system in 2009, AMA has delivered more CubeSat attitude control systems than any other vendor. AMA’s most recent small satellite, Kestrel Eye Block II, was delivered to the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command and has been operated successfully on-orbit since October 2017.

This unprecedented combination of traditional and new space technology combines innovative product development with the capability to deliver high-reliability hardware for our nation’s critical space programs. To learn more about our new combined company, please visit

Upon hire all employees receive a generous benefits package including medical/dental coverage, HSA with company seed and matching contributions, tuition reimbursement, life and disability insurance, 401K program and vacation/sick time.  AMA employees work on flexible schedules, performing some work from home and having flex-time within the current month. AMA is privately held and has been investing in training, technology and product innovation to grow significantly in the coming years.


Adcole Maryland Aerospace is seeking a senior-level Guidance Navigation and Control Engineer for its Crofton, MD location. Due to the nature of the work performed, any candidate wishing to be considered for this position must be a citizen of the United States, preferably with a current secret clearance or ability to obtain one.This position requires the ability to understand and apply a broad range of technical disciplines germane to GNC problems. These areas include but are not limited to: control systems design and analysis, attitude and navigation solutions, software, electrical hardware (digital and mixed-signal), mechanical systems, propulsion systems, and various sensors including rate gyros, inertial measurement units, star trackers, accelerometers, and magnetometers.  The selected candidate will develop and publish detailed test plans, test schedules, and test procedures for developmental testing.


  • Conduct analysis to verify compliance with mission requirements including direct customer interface
  • Lead the specification, design, development, integration, and test of spacecraft GNC systems
  • Develop GNC subsystem requirements, test plans, and verification procedures
  • Prepare and present analysis and testing results to support formal and informal design reviews
  • Develop algorithms and implement software to support mission unique capabilities
  • Select flight constants and establish guidance parameters
  • Review flight data and correlate performance with analyses for improvement of predictions
  • Supervise technical work of assigned project staff
  • Assist program managers in developing program plans
  • Ensure GNC program plans are executed on schedule and budget and meet program goals
  • Support flight test operations.


The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, and collaborative team settings across all levels. Candidate must be comfortable in a lab environment and be able to work closely with system engineers, hardware designers, and integration and test engineers. The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Prior space systems experience
  • Knowledgeable in developing and managing program schedules
  • Knowledgeable in tracking and projecting costs
  • Experienced in negotiating and managing contracts and/or subcontracts
  • Skilled at leading a program team through the complete space system development life cycle
  • Demonstrated understanding of developing and meeting programmatic requirements while balancing technical, cost and schedule constraints
  • Experience managing cost and schedule to achieve program objectives throughout the aerospace system development life cycle
  • Ability to work independently and with team members
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of staff


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering with guidance and controls emphasis is required. Master’s degree or PhD is desirable.
  • Minimum of 10 years of related professional experience in the Aerospace Industry with demonstrated project leadership experience.
  • Must be fluent in MATLAB and Simulink, working knowledge of C and C++ desired.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated project or professional experience in launch vehicle and/or spacecraft systems
  • Capable of solving complex problems with little to no supervision on a challenging schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team
  • In depth knowledge of or test experience, to include control room monitoring, in Guidance, Navigation & Control

ITAR Requirements:

  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about ITAR here.

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