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Spaceship Propulsion Avionics Engineer

Spaceship Propulsion Avionics Engineer

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Who we are

Who we are

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is an affiliate of Virgin Galactic as a 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

TSC is seeking an engineer with a strong background in aerospace flight control avionics and testing, preferably with rocket propulsion experience. Ideally the person in this role will have experience with flight hardware, testing, and rocket motor qualification and acceptance. This role requires critical thinking across hardware integration and product lifecycles. Candidate will also be comfortable working in a hands on environment, and must have a strong sense of accountability. You must be interested in advancing the state of commercial space technology, specifically ground breaking, cost effective, passenger carrying, rocket propulsion systems. The Virgin Galactic spaceline is counting on TSC to set the gold standard for safety, reliability and performance.


Your Mission

  • Develop hardware-in-the-loop systems for flight avionics hardware/software test verification
  • Develop and maintain rocket motor and propulsion health monitoring systems
  • Support propulsion component development, integration, and qualification efforts
  • Support propulsion test operations, including rocket motor qualification and development
  • Develop test electronics and instrumentation as needed to support all test activities
  • Support acceptance testing data reduction and post fire anomaly resolution


What you bring


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited institution is desired
  • 1-2+ years of relevant experience is preferred; More experience is a +
  • Safety critical electronics and hardware design, modelling, and validation experience
  • Flight hardware assembly, vehicle integration & hardware-in-the-loop testing experience
  • Experience with National Instruments (NI) Data Acquisition and Control Systems (DACS)
  • Experience with engine controllers, data telemetry, power electronics, RF devices, etc.
  • Experience with Matlab, Simulink, Labview, Veristand and C/C++ programming
  • Experience with the design of flight vehicles or vehicle systems to a set of requirements or standards such as CFR 14, Part 400, Part 23 and 25, military or NASA
  • Excellent organizational, communication and problem solving skills
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and Powerpoint


ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


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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