Launch Engineer

Company Details

We’re on a mission to improve life on Earth from space.

Astra’s mission is to improve life on Earth from space by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Astra delivered its first commercial payload into Earth orbit in 2021, making it the fastest company in history to reach this milestone, just five years after being founded in 2016. By achieving monthly, weekly, then daily launches, we’ll create the infrastructure services our customers need in space to build a healthier and more connected planet. If you’re excited by a sense of possibility, the chance to innovate, and make a difference here on Earth, we think you should work here too.

The Team 

  • The Launch Operations Team is the team that tests and flies our rockets! As part of the launch team, you will work closely with other Astra teams, and our external partners to prepare, test and fly our vehicles from our current launch sites in Kodiak, Alaska and Cape Canaveral, Florida. In addition, you will help develop new launch sites around the globe.
  • We are a group with diverse backgrounds, recognizing that new skills help us all grow, learn, and be better.
  • We encourage our people to ask questions, remain curious, and ask “why?”.

The Opportunity

  • As a Launch Engineer, you will partner with teams across Astra to ensure the successful delivery of payloads to orbit.
  • You will direct portions of integrated rocket testing, write technical procedures, build out test and launch sites, manage payloads and support orbital rocket launches.
  • You will draw on your knowledge of mechanical, fluidic, and electrical principles to ensure the safety of hardware and personnel, all while balancing cost and schedule constraints in mission-critical environments.
  • You must communicate clearly, respond calmly to difficult, high-pressure situations, and have the motivation to – when required – spend long hours or weekends on console or in the field supporting launch operations.

How You’ll Fulfill Your Mission

  • Safety: is Astra’s first priority, and launch involves hazards from cryogenics to heavy lifting. You will predict, monitor and mitigate these hazards in order to minimize risks and prevent injuries
  • Partner: with teams across Astra. Launching a rocket is the culmination of work across the entire company, and you will be expected to coordinate with each team in order to resolve issues, make improvements, and keep us on schedule
  • Design: the equipment, processes and procedures that enable us to launch quickly, safely and reliably
  • Problem solve: development leads to new situations, issues, and trade-offs. You will be expected to attack these problems and devise solutions, usually under significant time and resource constraints
  • Document: the procedures, problems, and results in each phase in the launch process. We only improve when problems are recorded and dissected, and customers are only satisfied by detailed accounting of our processes

Qualifications

  • You are enthusiastic about space, rocketry, and launch operations
  • You possess strong technical, analytic, and troubleshooting knowledge and skills
  • You are motivated, resilient, and willing to learn
  • You have experience in fluidic, mechanical, electrical and control systems
  • You have experience and skills with hands-on work
  • You are an excellent communicator
  • You lead by example and have a ‘can-do’ attitude
  • You can design and document procedures to run hazardous operations safely
  • You have a demonstrated ability to coordinate with multi-disciplinary teams
  • You can lead hazardous testing/training and launch operations
  • You can read and understand CAD and P&ID drawings
  • You pay close attention to detail

Desired Multipliers

  • Experience with or extensive knowledge of:
    • High-pressure systems, writing technical procedures and documentation, engines, including rockets, planes, cars, or ships, cryogenics, leading and directing operations in a fast-paced environment, and/or troubleshooting complex systems

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