Flight Dynamics Engineer (UAV)

Company Details

THE TECHNOLOGIES AND SPACE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES OF AEVUM ENABLE NEXT GENERATION BUSINESSES.

Aevum, Inc. is an American technology company that designs, develops, and sells autonomous air, space, and package transportation services. The company focuses on autonomous technologies, rapid logistics, e-commerce, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence.

Our Social Mission

Aevum, Inc. was founded to democratize the access to space and directly enable space-based assets that can connect the other half of the world that currently do not have access to the internet. We believe that the right technologies deployed in space can help make the world better and transcend the unity of humankind.

Department/Team

Aevum’s Ravn X Systems Engineering, Assembly, Integration, and Test (SAIT) team in the Department of Autonomous Technologies is charged with the design, development, analysis, test, assembly, integration, test, flight, and improvements of the Ravn X autonomous launch vehicle (AuLV) at the integrated system level (stages 1-3, spaceport systems, range, ground support, maintenance, and flight operations). The Ravn X SAIT team is responsible for the high level, integrated vehicle design from concept to flight and beyond. Integrated vehicle specifications and architecture definition generated by the Ravn X SAIT team flows down to vehicle teams for engineering.

Flight Dynamics Engineer (UAV)

The Ravn X SAIT team is seeking a Flight Dynamics Engineer with exceptional understanding of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control and simulation. The Flight Dynamics Engineer is expected to be an expert in flight dynamics, controls design and autonomous systems. The ideal candidate will specifically excel in modeling UAV motion and developing control laws.

The Flight Dynamics Engineer reports directly to the Chief Engineer of Ravn X.

The ideal candidate is academically astute, inquisitive and relentlessly focused on mission success. This is a fast-paced, mid- to senior- level career position. Prior relevant experience is necessary, the ideal candidate must have demonstrated success working with a multi-disciplinary, highly technical teams.

Aevum’s timelines are aggressive and our Flight Dynamics Engineer is expected to work hard as necessary. Aevum’s ideal candidate is passionate about making the world better, is a self-starter, and is hungry to do work that matters.

Responsibilities

  • Work with the AIU and multi-disciplinary engineering teams to lead the development of flight dynamic models (FDM)
  • Establish requirements for flight control systems (functional and performance) to ensure flight safety and FAA certification
  • Support design and analysis for UAV handling qualities and control law development
  • Develop, document, and inspect aerodynamics and system simulation models
  • Conduct, analyze, and document the results of simulation and flight evaluations of UAVs
  • Support flight test activities, including updating and anchoring simulation models
  • Support the development of flight test plans and matrices

Essential Team Functions

  • Anticipates and resolves complex engineering challenges/issues in creative and effective ways
  • Develop standards and guides for UAV modeling and controls development
  • Solve problems while balancing requirements, cost, and schedule and achieving the product vision as determined by the Chief Engineer
  • Selection and evaluation of methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria to overcome complex engineering issues

TRAVEL

Limited amount of travel may be required to support flight tests and space launch operations.

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Aevum prioritizes the safety of our employees and their families. Therefore, Aevum employees will be required to work remotely as much as possible. During this time, Aevum will also restrict travel both domestically and internationally.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or technical related field
  • 8 years of specific professional experience
  • Experience with 14 CFR Part 23 or 25 certification
  • Flight test experience
  • Experience with Matlab and Simulink
  • Works comfortably under pressure and meets tight deadlines

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated ability to be trusted with confidential, classified, proprietary, or export-controlled information/data
  • Superb interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated success developing flight dynamic models and control laws using Matlab and Simulink and flight testing

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be willing to travel as necessary (~10%)
  • As needed, must be willing to work extended hours and occasional weekends.

ITAR REQUIREMENT

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

BENEFITS

Dental insurance, health insurance, paid time off, vision insurance, stock incentives, bonus potential, great work culture with a chance to be part of a revolutionary team

SCHEDULE

Weekdays; weekends as necessary

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Employment with Aevum is governed by qualifications, competence, and merit.  Employment will not be influenced by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Tagged as: flight testing, flight control systems, unmanned aerial vehicle

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