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Spaceship Propulsion Avionics Engineer

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Virgin Galactic

Mojave, CA

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Spaceship Propulsion Avionics Engineer




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.

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

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.

iCIMS Req Number: 2018-3693

FLSA Status: Exempt

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Street: 1223 Sabovich Street

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Company Profile
Virgin Galactic is the world’s first commercial spaceline. We are developing vehicles to fly private astronauts, research experiments, and satellites to space—democratizing access to space for the benefit of life on Earth. The Virgin Galactic astronaut experience will include out-of-seat weightlessness and stunning views of Earth from space onboard SpaceShipTwo, our reusable spaceplane designed for us by aerospace pioneer Scaled Composites. SpaceShipTwo has been designed to carry two pilots and as many as six astronauts (or more than 1,000 pounds of experiments) to space and back on commercial flights from New Mexico’s Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport.

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