Colorado Springs, Colorado

Would you like to work within the Space and Satellite Industry? Then come work for LinQuest and their Prototype Operations-I (POPS-I) Program.

LinQuest is seeking a Satellite Operations Specialist to join our team in Colorado Springs, CO. Initial training for this position will take place in Albuquerque, NM, which will take 3 to 6 months.

Our POPS-I program is looking for individuals that currently hold an active Department of Defense TS-SCI clearance. An active TS/SCI clearance is required to be considered for this position. What an opportunity, to be able to train with some of the best Satellite Operators in the industry, and to get your foot in the door with a growing industry!

LinQuest operates research and development of satellites on behalf of the US Space Force Space Systems Command (SSC), under the POPS-I contract. This contract supports on-orbit operations of unique satellites, with more scheduled to launch over the next few years. We also provide daily mission planning and mission operations services, including contact execution, mission planning/analysis, orbital analysis, flight dynamics for SSC Space Domain Awareness and Combat Power (SZ) Innovation and Prototyping (SZII) operational missions. We are looking for high-quality, motivated professionals to join our team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • You will function as a Satellite Operations Engineer and perform real-time satellite contacts, configuring command and control ground equipment during pre-pass, pass and post-pass periods.
  • You will support system readiness, planning, preparation, execution, and evaluation for satellite launch and early orbit operations, on-orbit operations, and end-of-life retirement and disposal.
  • Perform mission and pre-pass planning, scheduling, data trending and analysis, real-time operations, and spacecraft anomaly resolution.
  • Establishment, implementation, and maintenance of standardized operating procedures.
  • Conflict resolution to support the acquisition, tracking, commanding, control, and telemetry data acquisition for space vehicles
  • Mission data reduction and analysis and data delivery to the customers
  • Operational transition of satellites to different ground support complexes as required
  • You will develop automated operations procedures and tools.
  • Implementation of anomaly response plans including participation in tiger-team discussions, recovery actions proposal and evaluation, implementation of approved solutions and anomaly report generation.
  • Accomplishment of long-term trending of vehicle telemetry and notification to the government of these trends that indicate potential vehicle problems
  • Real-time evaluation of spacecraft, payload, and ground systems status in accordance with established mission requirements
  • Initial troubleshooting of operational problems, assisting in determination of root causes, documentation of these problems, and participates in corrective and prevention activities
  • Position will require shift work or support during off shift hours.

Required Skills

  • Requires real-time problem solving skills and ability to follow procedures, checklists and contingency plans
  • Ability to be an effective team member
  • Must be able to work various rotating shifts including holidays and weekends.
  • A four year/Bachelor’s degree or 5+ years satellite operations experience.
Preferred Experience

  • 1+ years experience with space or satellite operations experience is highly desired
  • Bachelors Degree
  • Military operations experience is also highly desired
  • Experience operating multiple satellite families in different orbits (LEO, HEO, GEO)

  • Starting salary ranges from $77,000 to $90,000 depending on relevant experience and qualifications
  • LinQuest offers comprehensive and competitive benefit offerings to our team members to include medical, dental, vision, retirement, paid time off, company paid life insurance, and more! For additional information please visit:
COVID-19 Compliance Guidelines:

As a federal contractor, all LinQuest team members may be required to comply with Executive Order 14042- Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, which may include mandatory vaccination and ability to provide proof of vaccination status prior to start of employment. Additionally, team members are expected to comply with all safety protocols related to mask wearing and physical distancing while in covered contractor workplaces. If applicable, prospective or new employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement through LinQuest Human Resources and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

LinQuest delivers performance excellence across the Air, Land, Sea, Space, and Cyberspace domains. We provide highly valued, state-of-the-art and cost effective technical solutions to the U.S. government, civil and commercial customers. LinQuest's services and products span the engineering, testing, operation and sustainment of critical capabilities and programs ranging from intricate systems and architectures to highly complex enterprises comprised of families of systems. LinQuest integrates technical and operational domain expertise with process discipline and delivers superior performance across the life cycle of programs.

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