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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

SSA Characterization


Space Vehicles Directorate, RV/Battle Space Environment

RO# Location
13.40.12.B8192 Kirtland Air Force Base, NM 871175776


name email phone
Milster, Scott P 505.846.7752


We seek an Associate for a position in Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Characterization. The work will involve merging photometric (visible and near IR) observations with novel approaches at detector and orbital dynamics characterizations. Experience has shown that the photometric state of a Resident Space Object (RSO) is directly related to its physical state. Advances in SSA characterization will likely come from pushing the algorithms that measure raw data, extract orbital motion information, and extract information about the photometric state. The successful candidate would have expertise and/or interests in observational photometry, calibrations, faint object detection, orbital mechanics, and algorithm development.



Ferguson DC, et al: Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 51(6): 1907-1913, 2014

Skinner M, et al: Commercial Space Situational Awareness–An investigation of ground-based SSA concepts to support commercial GEO satellite operators, in Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference (Volume 1, page 9) September 2013

Skinner MA, et al: Acta Astronautica 105(1): 1-10, 2014


SSA; Space; Situational awareness; Photometry; Characterization; Satellite; Visible; near IR;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$76,542.00 $4,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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