Stratolaunch is developing an air-launch platform to contribute to high speed research and development. The goal of Stratolaunch is to use the air-launch platform for enabling technologies that may not exist otherwise. Stratolaunch has the potential for creating technology development opportunities for commercial, philanthropic and governmental organizations to collect rich and actionable data and drive advancements in science, research, and technology.
To achieve these efforts, Stratolaunch needs a Senior Telemetry and Communications Engineer to develop the mission critical RF communication systems for its hypersonic vehicle. This position will also lead the effort to integrate and test those systems. Additionally, this position will include collaborating with other system owners to understand requirements and engineer solutions. You must be comfortable with component/system development and integration. This position will include evaluation of a broad range of technical data. Candidates must have an aerospace development background and relevant experience in aerospace systems integration.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
Design, integrate, and test mission critical RF systems for the hypersonic vehicle
Develop requirements for various RF systems on the hypersonic vehicle
Develop test plans for various RF systems
Collaborate with engineers across a broad spectrum of disciplines to understand requirements and engineer solutions
Contribute to flight test planning for integrated (carrier aircraft + pylon + hypersonic vehicle) Stratolaunch missions
Contribute to coordination of range testing as appropriate for TM, etc.
Support design reviews throughout vehicle development
Evaluate risks and risk mitigation plans to determine if the risks are appropriate and risk mitigations are adequate
Regular and comprehensive communication to the Hypersonic Avionics Lead on a weekly and monthly basis
Contribute to the integration of complex aerospace systems
Travel, as needed, to support the department
Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity and fulfillment of commitments
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Knowledge of, and experience with, one or more of these disciplines: electrical engineering, avionics, software engineering, RF engineering, aircraft and/or launch vehicle integration
Knowledge of RF system design including link budgets, antenna design, and antenna placement, RF Frequency Integration, RF compatibility, EMC/EMI, FCC licensing
Experience with aircraft prototype development, including releasing Engineering definition and developing work instructions
Desire to work hands-on throughout the RF system lifecycle
Experience with technical aerospace leadership, including working with sub-contractors
Experience with test planning and execution
Experience with risk management
Ability to communicate technical challenges and guidance to varied audiences to explain rationale and/or resolve concerns
Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals
Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities
Required Computer Skills
Engineering software tools
Computer Aided Design tools
MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
Configuration management systems
Experience with antenna design and integration for high aero-heating environments
Experience with SATCOM
Knowledge of system modeling tools (STK)
Experience with 3D EM software for antenna placement analysis
Engineering computing languages (C, C++, Matlab, Simulink, Python)
Experience with government agencies
Experience with air-launch programs
Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 5-plus years of relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
Travel estimated to be approximately 5+%
Position is based in Mojave, CA
Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable
This position is located in Seattle, WA
Frequent travel required to Washington D.C., Mojave Spaceport, and other domestic locations
Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.
Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.
Do you want to make history? Come join us as we work on cutting edge technology with some of the best and brightest in our industry. We have a team of passionate experts in spacecraft and aircraft, so you’ll have an experience different than any other.