• Senior Aerodynamics Engineer

    Job Locations US-CA-Mojave
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
  • 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

    Aerodynamicist with P&HQ. Main Purpose of the Role TSC is seeking an experienced cross-disciplinary engineer with experiences in aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, and thermal analysis.  The candidate will build on an intimate knowledge of all aircraft systems and have the ability to support current programs and extend our tools to conduct trade studies for new project initiatives.



    Your Mission

    • Support loads event simulation model development and validation of handling qualities, stability, and control criteria for suborbital space missions
    • Support pre-flight preparation including review of test limitations, flight test plans and procedures, flight readiness reviews, mission control room support, and post flight analysis
    • Works with other engineering groups to ensure proper application of design and P&HQ requirements
    • Supports entry into commercial service by ensuring that regulatory and internal company requirements related to loads are met
    • Develop standardized analysis and reporting tools
    • Perform model updates from data collected during vehicle or component testing and data created with analytical tools
    • Develop and maintain P&HQ databases for use in analysis of WK2 and SS2 during all flight phases
    • Develop and substantiate rational P&HQ criteria and requirements for unique vehicles with unconventional configurations
    • Air Data Experience
    • Selects appropriate methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria to resolve complex engineering issues
    • Anticipates and resolves issues by developing standards and guidelines for diverse engineering activities
    • Ability to problem solve with a balance of technical product, cost, and schedule
    • Determines technical objectives of assignments and makes decisions and recommendations that are recognized as authoritative
    • Maintains current knowledge of developments in the field of specialty and/or other related spacecraft innovations to improve quality and effectiveness of product

    What you bring

    • Graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering, and/or equivalent, with minimum of 8 years of experience in aerodynamics development
    • Experiences in wind-tunnel and flight test aerodynamic model validation
    • Experience with full aircraft analysis – transonic required, supersonic and launch vehicle desirable
    • Test plan development and data analysis experience a strong plus
    • Experience in the conduct of flight test, including familiarity with standard flight test practices and safety processes strong plus.
    • Working knowledge of aircraft and space systems and familiarity with relevant aerospace standards (FAA, FAA‐AST etc.)
    • Advanced skills with Linux, Python, Simulink, MATLAB, Fortran, C, C++, and software development best practices.
    • CATIA V5 experience preferred
    • Experience with FUN3D, NSU3D, Pointwise, and/or similar RANS and gridding methods




    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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