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Lunar Lander Guidance, Navigation and Control Lead Engineer


This position will lead the GNC systems design and analysis efforts for ispace’s lunar lander development. ispace is a leading micro-robotics Japanese company with subsidiaries in the United States and Europe. ispace’s Hakuto rover won the Google XPRIZE mobility milestone award and is a leading contender for the $20M Grand Prize. ispace’s lunar lander is its next step towards prospecting for, mining and utilizing lunar resources to expand human presence in space.

The ideal candidate will have a broad knowledge base in GNC system design and analysis on both flight and ground segment sides. More importantly, specific experience in landing on celestial bodies, including precision landing and obstacle avoidance using a closed loop system is highly desired. The effort includes all phases of design and analysis, from helping the team define system requirements and architecture, to schematics and layout, analysis, simulation, component selection and supporting prototyping efforts with hardware and software in the loop testing.



- Participate in product definition, specification and requirements phases

- Collaborate on architecture design, component selection, including make or buy decisions, with other design and analysis team members

- Document requirements and specification

- Detailed design/verification of lander GNC system for both flight and ground segments

- Support mission design and lunar landing site selection

- Support integration, troubleshooting and testing


- Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering, or equivalent

- Five or more years’ experience in spacecraft GNC system design and analysis

- Experience in procurement, integration and testing of GNC sensors and components

- Design/operations experience across a range of missions and system elements (flight and ground segments)

- Experience with analysis and simulation tools and techniques such as Kalman filtering

- Excellent leadership, interpersonal and organizational skills


- Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering or a related field

- Ten or more years’ spacecraft GNC design and analysis experience

- Specific Lander experience including precision landing and obstacle avoidance

- Experience with GMAT, STK, GMV or similar mission analysis and GNC tools

- Knowledge of lunar topography, target landing site selection and relative navigation

- Experience with flight dynamics systems and command and control networks