You will be part of a team of driven and enthusiastic engineers working to prototype, design, develop, and test our innovative STAR-3DTM hybrid rocket engine-powered small launch vehicle. In this position you will be overseeing and integrating the structural design work by other Vaya Space engineers, our subcontractors, and partners as well as serving as a critical part of the overall launch vehicle design team.
You should be comfortable working in a fast-paced and often uncertain environment, contributing to innovative solutions, while demonstrating personal leadership, technical competence, and attention to detail. A willingness to branch outside your comfort zone is essential… we’re a small fast-paced company and everyone pitches in when needed. This is an opportunity to get in near the ground floor of an expanding space launch company and have a direct impact on the development and production of a completely new space launch vehicle.
Up to 10%
Required Security Clearance
None (ITAR Eligible)
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Work in and oversee small teams (in-house and contractor) and individually in the development, assembly, integration, and testing of STAR-3DTM hybrid rocket-powered small launch vehicles and associated subcomponents, including both a sounding rocket proof of concept vehicle and the planned Intrepid vehicle. Monitor and report on progress.
- Review and develop/update launch vehicle structural specifications and designs.
- Analyze COTS and vendor-proposed structural components to ensure proper integration into the overall vehicle design.
- Manage cost, schedule, and performance internally and externally for assigned systems and subsystems.
- Identify and communicate technical, cost and schedule risks.
- Conduct detailed structural analysis of components, joints, and flight vehicle assembly.
- Provide technical recommendations for improving structural margins and/or overall vehicle performance.
- Support configuration design studies and development of test hardware.
- Perform other duties as required to support flight vehicle development.
- MSci in Aerospace Engineering or another relevant engineering discipline plus at least 8 years relevant experience with rocket engine research, development, or design.
- PhD in Aerospace Engineering or another relevant field can substitute for 5 years’ experience
- Experience in multiple elements of launch vehicle design cycle including trade studies, design and analysis, production, assembly, test support and data review.
- In-depth knowledge of structural dynamics loads and stress analysis.
- Demonstrated expertise with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software
- Deep familiarity with FEA best practices and presenting on mesh quality, model validity, analysis results, and recommendations for structural optimization
- Demonstrated expertise with bolted joint analysis.
- Familiarity with engineering drawings and Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing.
- Ability to read and interpret engineering standards and technical requirements and apply configuration management procedures.
- Experience with SolidWorks CAD or similar software.
- Ability to communicate technical information effectively.
- Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
- Demonstrated leadership abilities.
- Willingness to work flexible hours as necessary
- US Person as defined in 22 CRF Part 120.15 (U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, refugees and those given asylum in the United States, and temporary residents granted amnesty) since work includes ITAR controlled technical data
Preferred Skills and Education
- Experience with launch vehicle interfaces, adapter and release systems.
- Experience in leading technical interchange/communications with vendors and partners, both in the design and manufacturing environments.
- Experience with hardware manufacturing and launch vehicle Assembly Integration & Test.
- Experience with various welding practices and design of welded joints.
- Working knowledge of hybrid rocket engine concepts and practice.