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Robot systems engineer and operator

Greenbelt, MD
  • May 25, 2023
  • Full-Time
Velos, a full-service consulting and engineering services firm representing leaders in the defense, aerospace, intelligence, and related industries, is hiring a robot systems engineer and operator on the OMES II contract in support of the On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing 1 (OSAM-1) mission for NASA's Exploration and In-Space Services (NExIS) division. This position is located at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD.


The engineer will provide systems engineering and robot operator support for the OSAM-1 Robot Subsystem. The OSAM-1 Robot Subsystem is responsible for developing the robotic technology for the OSAM-1 servicing vehicle and operating the two robotic arms during the Landsat-7 servicing operations.

Job duties include:
  • Support robot flight integration and test activities for the OSAM-1 mission.
  • Operate industrial and flight robot systems to support the development of on-orbit robotic servicing.
  • Work with robot tool designers to test and refine robotic tools and operational techniques, compile findings in comprehensive reports.
  • Interface with robot subsystems personnel to verify performance and operational constraints for robot operations in space. Document findings and propose solutions.
  • Run key operations in simulation and visualization programs to ensure hardware safety and resolve issues.
  • Write robotic ground and flight test procedures and support flight operation planning. Gain concurrence that procedures accomplish functional and requirement verification needs for the subsystem. Coordinate with the Integration and Test Team to ensure hardware and software logistics for testing.
  • Work with the robot development team to specify functional requirements, define system configurations, evaluate system performance, and test robot features.
  • Coordinate and lead related activities including metrology, data acquisition set up, operator training and safety monitoring.

  • Bachelors Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Computer Engineering or Aerospace Engineering; five (5) years or more experience; Masters and three (3) years or more experience; PhD and 0 years related experience
  • Experience with motion control, and motion planning of dexterous robots
  • Hands on experience working with complex hardware, software, and electromechanical systems.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • Experience with spacecraft operations.
  • Experience with kinematics of dexterous robots
  • Previous on-console flight operations experience
  • Experience with MATLAB and analysis of large data sets, and log files
  • Experience with any of the following: ROS, OROCOS, GIT, Spatial Analyzer, Linux or ASIST
  • Experience with NASA mission life cycle and review cycle (design reviews, requirements reviews, integration reviews, trade studies, etc.)

Velos (VEE-los), meaning "arrow" in Greek, truly symbolizes who we are as a company. Whether helping leaders in the defense sector navigate the ins and outs of Washington or assisting the aerospace community with hiring the right technical experts, we're on target every time, always aiming higher to protect and serve this great country we call home.

Velos offers a competitive benefits package including PTO, 401K, and health benefits. We know our team is more than just the job we do, which is why we support education advancement with our tuition reimbursement program.



Greenbelt, MD
20771 USA



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