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Guidance, Navigation, and Controls Engineer



Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Skydweller Aero Inc. is a transatlantic cutting-edge aerospace company developing solar powered aircraft solutions capable of achieving perpetual flight with heavy, and powerful payload capacity. Utilizing technology based upon the longest continuous renewably powered flight program in history, this fast-growing startup is developing a new class of unmanned aircraft, providing the persistence of geosynchronous satellites with the powerful sensing capabilities and the flexibility of a large, airborne platform. Skydweller Aero Inc. has World and US headquarters in Oklahoma City and European offices headquartered in Spain.

Job Description

  • Work in all areas of the system development cycle including requirements, CONOPs, high-level and detailed design, integration, and test
  • Provide assessments of vehicle-level stability and control characteristics in support of vehicle layout and control surface sizing
  • Design, and implement flight control laws
  • Design and implement testing architecture and evaluation tools for validating control laws through simulation
  • Design and implement physics-based and empirical models for a variety of subsystems and physical processes (aerodynamics, landing gear, actuators, etc)
  • Work with related organizations such as software and laboratory engineers to establish and maintain interfaces
  • Estimate aircraft stability and control derivatives and propulsion models for use in air vehicle simulations using a range of tools
  • Support integration and flight test for flight control law evaluation
  • Perform data reduction from ground and flight tests for model and design validation and verification including performance, stability and dynamic derivatives from model estimation
  • Design and implement sub-system simulation modules of the aircraft for the Skydweller mission management engine
  • Work with the Weather & Operations Analysis team to integrate the simulation models with weather data.

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. In Aerospace Engineering or B.S. Electrical Engineering or B.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • Demonstrated experience with MATLAB/Simulink and Python
  • Experience with flight control law design and analysis
  • Familiarity with flight dynamics
  • Flight test experience
  • 5+ years of combined professional experience in the various topics above

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering or Related Field
  • Prior history in GNC engineer during an early development/flight test environment
  • Control Systems, Signal Processing or Autonomy academic background. Control, Guidance, Navigation or Autonomy Vehicle experience (preferably in the aviation field) via academic projects or professional experience
  • Implementation experience of multi-rate RTOS system
  • Design and implementation of Multi-Layer state machines
  • Familiarity with Model Identification
  • Familiarity with Redundancy Management
  • Familiarity with Fault Tree and Failure Mode Analysis
  • Awareness/Experience in modeling of Aeroservoelastic or Fluid Structure Interactions
  • Experience in Vehicle (aircraft or other) Systems Engineering in the areas of design, integration and test
  • Model based design experience
  • Experience in FAA/EASA/AESA certification programs
  • 8+ years of combined professional experience in the various topics above

Preferred Tool / Process Experience

  • Polarion
  • C/C++
  • Python
  • DO-178
  • DO-254
  • ARP 4754
  • MIL-STD-1797A
  • Atlassian Tools (JIRA/Confluence)

Search Keywords

  • Guidance Navigation and Control
  • Flight Control
  • Flight Sciences


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