Space Debris / SSA Engineer

Space Debris / SSA Engineer.

Space Debris / SSA Engineer


$100000 - $190000 per year




Orbital mechanics and trajectory design

Space Debris Engineer

Company Overview: This company is dedicated to solving complex challenges in space debris mitigation and management, with a strong commitment to advancing the frontiers of science and engineering. As they continue to push boundaries in space exploration, they are seeking a talented Space Debris Engineer to join their mission-driven team in either San Francisco, or Denver.

Position Overview: I'm seeking a skilled Space Debris Engineer who is passionate about developing strategies and technologies to address the growing problem of space debris. In this role, you'll play a crucial part in designing, analyzing, and implementing solutions to mitigate the risks posed by space debris to satellites, spacecraft, and orbital infrastructure.


  • Conduct research and analysis to assess the impact of space debris on satellite missions and orbital environments.
  • Develop and implement mitigation strategies and techniques to minimize the risk of collisions with space debris, including collision avoidance maneuvers and debris removal missions.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to design and optimize spacecraft and satellite systems for enhanced resilience to space debris impacts.
  • Evaluate and integrate technologies such as debris tracking sensors, collision avoidance algorithms, and active debris removal systems into spacecraft designs and mission plans.
  • Contribute to the development of international standards and regulations for space debris mitigation and management.
  • Stay updated on emerging technologies and research developments in space debris tracking, modeling, and mitigation.


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field.
  • Proven experience in space debris mitigation, satellite operations, or orbital dynamics analysis.
  • Familiarity with space debris tracking and modeling software (e.g., AGI STK, ESA Space Debris Office tools) and orbital mechanics principles.
  • Strong analytical skills and proficiency in numerical simulation tools (e.g., MATLAB, Python) for space debris risk assessment and collision prediction.
  • Experience with spacecraft design and mission planning, including collision avoidance maneuvers and end-of-life disposal strategies.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Effective communication skills, with the ability to convey complex technical concepts to diverse audiences.


  • Opportunities for professional development and advancement in a dynamic and rapidly evolving field.
  • Collaborative and inclusive work culture that values innovation and teamwork.
  • Exposure to cutting-edge technology and the opportunity to contribute to space exploration and sustainability.

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Adam Slade

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