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Mission Control Flight Director






Tucson, AZ, US


Job Details
Headquarters - Tucson, AZ
4 Year Degree

At World View, we believe in hiring only the best, brightest, and most passionate people on earth. We're opening up a new era of discovery at the edge of space. We're not fond of mediocrity; we think differently than most. We think big. We're pioneers charting new territory, opening access to near space, and writing history in the process.
At World View, we believe in the power of bringing together great people to change the world in a very tangible way. As the old adage states, "if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life." We love what we do, and we're always looking for people who are equally as excited and passionate about space, innovation, and progressive thought as we are.
World View is about seeing the world in an entirely different way. We strive to introduce a diversity of perspectives to the World View family, to challenge each other to see things
differently and approach problems creatively, with a healthy disregard for the impossible and a hunger for success. We're members of an ambitious and demanding culture, but one that is also mistake-friendly and fun.
World View is leading the way in the emerging stratospheric economy, unlocking affordable new applications with the introduction of the uncrewed Stratollite flight vehicle, and pioneering new perspectives. World View is a Tucson based company that launches large balloons into the Stratosphere for a variety of applications.

General Description
The primary responsibility of this position is to lead a Mission Control team during stratospheric missions. To also help refine and develop the procedures, and operations necessary to operate World View's Stratollite system within the Mission Control Room. As such experience with Flight Test, and / or procedure development is required.
Additional responsibilities may encompass any or all other aspects of flying a mission including: command and telemetry monitoring of the vehicle, coordinating with payload providers, and communicating with both external regulatory and internal World View entities during flight. Leadership during flight operations will require maintaining authority over all critical phases of flight and acting as the approval authority for the issuance of all vital/major commands for the vehicle and the mission.

Summary of Essential Job Functions

  • Leads a team of Mission Control operators in all aspects of a stratospheric mission from planning to mission execution to reporting.
  • Identifies operational shortfalls and problems by observing and studying operational processes, tools (HW & SW), organizational structures, systems and subsystems
  • Develops operational solutions by defining, studying, estimating, and screening alternative solutions and determining impact on total flight system.
  • Anticipates operational problems by studying telemetry streams, GUIs, modes of operation, system and subsystem limits; and monitoring ground systems and flight unit performance.
  • Improves operational results by determining success criteria, studying, evaluating, and recommending process redesign and implements changes.
  • Provides operational leadership information by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing operating and engineering data and trends.
  • Maintains configuration control of Mission Control hardware, software, and procedures.


  • BS degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) + 5 years of Mission Control Operations experience: NASA Mission Control, Flight Test Control Room, Squadron Operations Center (SOC), Air Operations Center (AOC) or similar control room environment. (UAS, UAV, Satellite, Space, High Altitude Ballooning, etc.)


  • MS degree in STEM + 3 years of Mission Control Operations experience
  • Ability to understand software, mechanical, and electrical subsystems
  • Engineering expertise in one of the following areas: Flight Test, Aerospace, Electrical, Software, Mechanical, or Operations
  • Experience in one of the following areas is desired, but not required:
    • Experience in setting up a mission control environment including procedure development
    • GUI development
    • Mission Control training, planning, requirements definition, and hardware specification

Ability Requirements


  • Aptitude to quickly grasp complex systems and how they relate to one another
  • MS Office skills to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint (Visio, Project desired).
  • Significant experience writing and editing technical documents
  • Capable of working in a highly collaborative team environment
  • Basic understanding of meteorology is highly desired
  • Proven team leadership experience
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Must exhibit a self-directed attitude
  • Ability to work in a dynamic 24/7/365 environment
  • Ability to handle ITARsensitive data (must be a US citizen)
  • Some Travel, Weekend, and Overnight work required

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