Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Operations Engineer - Military veterans preferred

Kellogg Brown & Root (


  full-time   employee

United States


Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Operations Engineer

KBR is looking for someone to train to become an Operations Engineer with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) team. LRO is a NASA robotic spacecraft currently orbiting the moon in an eccentric polar mapping orbit. LRO data is essential for planning NASA’s human and robotic missions to the Moon. This position is within the LRO Mission Operations Team (MOT). US citizenship required.


  • Monitor the health and safety of the LRO spacecraft and ground system.
  • Monitor real-time activities and transmit daily loads to LRO.
  • Respond to, identify and investigate spacecraft and ground anomalies.
  • Write and maintain daily operations records – daily blogs, activity requests, engineering changes, etc.
  • Perform daily mission planning activities.
  • Perform daily trending and data analysis activities.
  • Perform verification testing using the LRO Spacecraft Simulator for all off-nominal activities prior to use on the spacecraft.

The LRO Operations Engineer will:

  • Work off-nominal hours during special operations
  • Become the MOT resident expert in a specified spacecraft subsystem and science instrument


Operations certification – mission planning, trending, and real-time control certifications by start date plus six months

OpsLead certification – operations shift lead by start date plus 18 – 24 months.

Required Education/Experience

  • B.S. in engineering, mathematics, physics or computer sciences.
  • In lieu of formal education, 8 years of directly related work experience. Specific contract requirements regarding education and experience will prevail.

Required Skills :

Good communication skills.

Self-motivated; able to work autonomously, with minimal direction.

Works well with a team.

Desired Experience:

Prior experience in spacecraft operations: real-time satellite console (command, control, and telemetry analysis) operations certification is highly desired.

Desired Skills:

  • ITOS and STOL experience.
  • Experience with data processing, flight dynamics and ground networks.
  • Experience with Ilog rule development.
  • Spacecraft subsystem/instrument performance analysis experience.
  • Windows and UNIX experience.
  • Experience with C, BASH, PERL, and Python Languages.
  • Experience with XML and SQL databases

Scheduled Weekly Hours:


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