Systems Administrator

Professional Beltsville, Maryland


Job Title:
Systems Administrator / Satellite Ground Systems Engineer

Job ID: #354

Job Description: 

Seeking a candidate for a full-time position as a Systems Administrator for the development, test, mission operations, and maintenance of satellite mission control centers.  Responsibilities include:

  • Participate in the development of the ground system architecture, system design, networks and software subsystems
  • Perform specification, acquisition, setup and configuration of hardware
  • Perform systems administration and IT security administration of RedHat linux and Windows mission operations center computer systems
  • Interface with government security personnel and implement and maintain NASA security requirements
  • Support pre-launch mission operations preparations including participation in spacecraft integration and test, development and verification of command procedures and mission operations plans and procedures
  • Support ground system testing and participate in the operational validation of the ground segment, including interface tests, end-to-end tests and mission simulations
  • Conduct launch and early orbit commissioning operations focusing on ground system operations, including troubleshooting and resolving issues with the ground system and interfaces.
  • Perform maintenance and configuration management of mission operations center computer systems and operations products
  • Coordination with NASA customer and interfacing organizations, status reporting



Required Experience:         

Candidate must have at least 2-4 years of experience in systems administration and be familiar with satellite ground systems, interfaces, spacecraft systems, and mission operations processes. Candidate must possess excellent written and verbal communications skills.


  • 2+ years experience with Redhat Enterprise Linux installation, use, and system administration in a satellite operations center.  Linux tasks such as patching, networking, user management, SAN management, and security monitoring and configuration required.
  • 2+ years experience with Microsoft Windows desktop and server operating systems installation, use, and system administration in a satellite operations center.  Windows tasks such as patching, networking, user management, and security monitoring and configuration required.
  • 2+ years experience installing, testing, operating, and maintaining spacecraft ground system software in a spacecraft operations environment.
  • Experience with VMware ESXi platforms and vCenter
  • Strong WAN and LAN networking experience including router, firewall, and switch installation, configuration, and maintenance.
  • Excellent hardware and software troubleshooting skills.
  • Experience performing satellite/launch mission support in a real-time operations environment.
  • Experience monitoring and troubleshooting activities during launch and early orbit initialization of satellites.
  • Experience with Atlassian tool suite; Bitbucket, Jira, Confluence
  • Detailed understanding of spacecraft CCSDS telemetry and telecommand structures.


Prior ground systems engineering experience on a NASA mission and experience working with NASA security measures is preferred.  Knowledge of RF communications, networks, and spacecraft command and control systems is also preferred. 


US citizenship required.  EEO/AA

Required Degree:     

BS degree in relevant field (Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering, Math, Engineering)


Job Location:

Beltsville, MD.