Flight Controls Engineer (R0000157)

Houston, TX, USA

Full-Time Exempt Position

U.S. Citizenship Required

About the Role

Intuitive Machines is leading the return to the lunar surface with our Nova-C lander. We proudly put forward an exceptional team that lives at the intersection of rigor and agility. We are seeking the best, the brightest and the driven to be a part of the first commercial landing on the moon. Join our team and you’ll be rewarded with competitive compensation, benefits, and possession of your own unique place in history.

Intuitive Machines is seeking an experienced Flight Controls Engineer with expertise in spacecraft control systems design to join our Lunar program.


  • Design, development, analysis, and implementation of Flight Control Laws and control algorithms to meet vehicle performance and stability margins for an orbital spacecraft operating in a variety of mission phases.

  • Support definition of Flight Control System specifications and requirements and Flight Control Law requirements for handling qualities, sensors, actuators, and controllers.

  • Conduct engineering analysis, studies, and performance assessments.

  • Design and analysis of controllers using classical control system design approaches (frequency and s-domain).

  • Mathematical modeling of dynamic systems.

  • Controller implementation using both analog and digital approaches.

  • Integrate flight algorithms and simulation models into software and hardware-in-the-loop simulation environments.

  • Perform hardware / software integration and testing on flight hardware systems.

  • Verify and validate Flight Control Systems through testing in desktop simulation environment, systems integration labs, terrestrial spacecraft engine test, and spacecraft/system qualification and certification activities.

Required Education/Experience/Skills

  • A Masters in aerospace engineering or related discipline is required, with emphasis in the area of automatic feedback control systems is required

  • Minimum Bachelor of Science in engineering or equivalent experience

  • 5 years experience in optimal control theory and estimation algorithm design.

  • GN&C simulation, modeling, and performance analysis.

  • Experience developing software in C/C++ and Python.

  • Experience with Linux and GSFC Core Flight Software and JSC Trick and JEOD simulation development tools preferred.


Essential Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.

  • Applicant selected may be subject to government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

  • Work may involve sitting for extended periods.

  • May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lb.

  • Must have sufficient mobility to enter areas of test facilities where necessary.

  • Generally an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task.

  • Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, fax, etc.)

  • Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical.

  • Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements when required.

  • Must be able to work in a team atmosphere.

  • Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation.

  • Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.