Spacecraft RF Payload Engineer

  • El Segundo, CA
  • Full Time
  • Advanced Concepts
  • Mid Level

Company Overview
Millennium Space Systems, A Boeing Company delivers affordable, high-performance space systems for exacting customers. At Millennium, you will be part of a close-knit team working on exciting technological problems on compressed timelines. We work in an open environment where ideas are shared across all disciplines, and there are ample opportunities for advancement based on excellence.

At Millennium, we innovate and collaborate to make the world a better place. From the seabed to outer space, you can contribute to work that matters with a company where diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values. We're committed to fostering an environment for every teammate that's welcoming, respectful and inclusive, with great opportunity for professional growth. Find your future with us. 

Job Summary

As a Spacecraft RF Payload Engineer, you will design and develop state of the art, space-based RF payloads for our customers. This includes communications systems to link our satellite to each other and to ground stations as well as perform critical missions on-orbit. You will need to work in a team-based environment to work on the unique challenges of developing flexible RF subsystems for small spacecraft on demanding timelines. 


  • Perform space vehicle mission trade studies related to communications links
  • Identify & define communications systems requirements
  • Identify appropriate communications technologies to meet requirements
  • Develop Millennium's own communications technologies from concept to flight readiness
  • Create communications subsystem manufacturing, integration and verification documents
  • Perform communication subsystem manufacturing, integration and verification 
  • Operate communications systems on orbit

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering or a related field
  • 2+ years of experience with space or aviation RF & Communications system design, analysis, subsystem component selection, and system evaluation
  • Experience calculating link budgets including atmospheric & environmental effects
  • Experience performing antenna design & analysis including sizing, patterns, gains, and usage
  • Experience determining antenna pointing allocations, support antenna gimbal design, and power amplifier selection.
  • Strong basis for getting things done with collaboration but minimal regimentation in a new emerging aerospace environment.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience designing, implementing and testing algorithms for software defined radios
  • Experience with legacy and emerging satellite communications modulation and coding
  • Experience designing, implementing and testing antennas
  • Experience designing, implementing and testing radios from piece parts level 
  • Experience with optical communications links 
  • Experience with the CCSDS standards
  • Master's Degree or higher
  • Current TS/SCI clearance

Benefits and Perks
Millennium Space Systems, A Boeing Company offers a very competitive benefits package to include medical, dental, vision, and 401k plan. Relocation assistance to Southern California can be provided.

Before applying, please note:
Millennium is DDTC-registered, ITAR-compliant Company. This position is located at a facility that requires special access. Applicants MUST be U.S. citizens and eligible for a security clearance. Additionally, applicants must be willing to apply for and maintain a security clearance. We are proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage veterans, disabled veterans and disabled individuals to apply for any open position for which they feel they are qualified.

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