Space Systems Operations Lead

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  • $ Not Disclosed / YEAR

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Job Description


This is a rare opportunity to play a key role in Rocket Lab’s evolution into an end-to-end space company that delivers launch, spacecraft, and on-orbit operations. The Space Systems Division is shaping Rocket Lab’s future with Photon, our brand of high-performance satellites, enabling innovative missions in low Earth orbit and beyond including missions for NASA to LEO, the Moon, and Mars and commercial customers including leading the design and manufacture of 17 high power telecommunication spacecraft buses for Globalstar.

Rocket Lab is also growing spacecraft components business, anchored on the acquisition of Sinclair Interplanetary manufacturing reaction wheels and star trackers in Toronto, SolAero Technologies manufacturing solar power and primary structure solutions in Albuquerque, Planetary Systems Corporation manufacturing launch separation systems in Silver Spring, and Advanced Solutions, Inc. provider flight and ground software as a service in Denver. Our component’s business is key to vertically integrating our spacecraft solutions and enabling constellations for customers.



Rocket Lab is seeking a Spacecraft Operations Lead to spearhead development of Rocket Lab’s satellite operations team, methods, and infrastructure. In this role, you will be responsible for planning and executing the operations of Rocket Lab’s Photon satellites. The role will involve product management for ground software development, development of processes and procedures, and working with an interdisciplinary team of engineers, including operations staff and infrastructure from Rocket Lab’s Electron launch operations.  



  • Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent

  • 5+ years of experience within Spacecraft operations or space mission design, including both spacecraft and ground segment work

  • 3+ years of program management experience

  • Familiarity with key satellite subsystems

  • Strong understanding of orbital mechanics, modeling and simulation, and software development

  • Demonstrated success leading small and agile teams

  • Systems engineering experience 


  • Experience with STK

  • Experience with scripting and data processing (Python, Matlab, etc.)

  • Experience with cloud infrastructure (AWS, Azure, etc)

  • Experience in software product management

  • Expertise in one or more satellite subsystems

  • Expertise in systems engineering best practices