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Avionics Test Specialist- Spaceship Propulsion

Avionics Test Specialist- Spaceship Propulsion

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Who we are

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is Virgin Galactic’s wholly owned space-system manufacturing organization. Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, it is building and testing a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo reusable spaceships that, together, form Virgin Galactic’s human spaceflight system. Like many Virgin companies across the world, its team of over 350 talented and dedicated engineers, technicians and professionals are drawn together by a willingness to disrupt and challenge the status quo and deliver innovative aerospace solutions to our customers’ needs. TSC’s extensive capabilities encompass preliminary vehicle design and analysis, manufacturing, ground testing, flight testing and post-delivery support.


Our Values

TSC and the greater Virgin Organization have a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation. You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic. Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door”, be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility. You will work well under pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility. You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.


Who you are

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is seeking a Propulsion Avionics Test Specialist. This position will be responsible for the “hands-on” development and operation of Hardware-In-The-Loop (HITL) testing of propulsion avionics components (including controllers, valves and instrumentation) on SpaceShipTwo. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at the TSC aerospace facility in Mojave, California.

Your Mission

  • Development of avionics hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test bench setups per Engineering specification and requirements, to include the Rocket Motor Controller (RMC) Test Bench and electronics for other Propulsion Component development, test, and qualification setups.
  • Responsible for fabricating and maintaining Propulsion electronic hardware and systems, to include flight hardware, test setups, and ground support equipment (GSE).
  • Fabricating electrical harnesses to Engineering schematics and/or drawings, and according to appropriate DoD on NASA standards.
  • Maintaining and updating electrical schematics under Engineering direction, including release thru Agile, or other configuration management (CM) systems.
  • Execute procedures for calibration of electrical instrumentation such as pressure transducers, thermocouples, RTDs, strain gages, load cells, etc.  Responsible for maintaining calibration records.
  • Development and specification of electronic control and indicator panels/boxes per Engineering requirements.
  • Specification and installation of strain gages, strain gage amplifiers, and associated hardware per Engineering requirements.
  • Specification and installation of accelerometers and associated hardware per Engineering requirements.
  • Specification, configuration, and setup of National Instruments (NI) hardware, including specific modules and chassis.
  • Maintain and upgrade (VTF) Vertical Test Facility Data Acquisition and Control System (DACS), including all documentation.
  • Maintain and upgrade Propulsion Operations Demonstrator (POD) electronics, instrumentation, and electrical harnesses, including all documentation.
  • Support integration of electronic test hardware and software, working closely with Test software engineering and development.
  • Operate and maintain National Instruments (NI) LabVIEW and VeriStand software applications in support of Test activities
  • Support pre-hot fire test Rocket Systems Checkouts, Rocket Motor Controller (RMC) checkouts, Pressurization System Controller (PSC) Checkouts, etc., to include troubleshooting and problem resolution.
  • Maintain and manage the Propulsion Avionics Laboratory, to include keeping an inventory of supplies, tools, and equipment.
  • Participate in electronics and DACS software training, as required.
  • Support rocket motor Production testing and automation, as required.

What you bring


  • At least 3+ years of relevant experience is preferred (will consider less with right aptitude)
  • Flight hardware assembly, vehicle integration & hardware-in-the-loop testing experience
  • Experience with National Instruments (NI) Data Acquisition and Control Systems (DACS)
  • Experience with Matlab, Simulink, Labview, Veristand and C/C++ programming
  • Excellent organizational, communication and problem solving skills
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).


The Spaceship Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with The Spaceship Company is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.


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