PRINCIPAL GNC ENGINEER

Company Details

We are Astra. Our mission is to launch a new generation of services to connect and improve life on earth. We are a small, highly ambitious team with deep technical expertise who love to build things and relish the idea of a grand challenge.

The Company

We are Astra. Our mission is to launch a new generation of services to connect and improve life on earth. We are a small, highly ambitious team with deep technical expertise who love to build things and relish the idea of a grand challenge.

We are working to deliver routine access to earth orbit for enterprises launching services powered by small satellites. Building on over a decade of technology development in rocket propulsion, structures, and avionics, we are applying an agile approach to space launch.  Come help us build the hardware and launch the services that will open the frontier of space to the next generation of entrepreneurs and make daily access to space routine, for the first time on the planet.

Our headquarters in Alameda, between San Francisco and Oakland, is a sprawling campus supporting full cycle rocket production (e.g. design, manufacturing, test) and mission control. Come thrive at Astra!

The Opportunity

As a Principal GNC Engineer, you will be part of the small team that develops the control, estimation, and guidance algorithms that fly our rockets.  You’ll be deeply involved in all aspects of GNC, but will also work closely with all teams to ensure that the rocket is designed and tested to launch, fly, and deploy its payload to the target orbit.

How You’ll Fulfill Your Mission  

  • Develop: create requirements, GNC algorithms, simulation models, and trajectories
  • Test: build out test automation across all environments, including Simulink simulation, hardware-in-the-loop, engine test cells, and with integrated vehicles
  • Partner: work with other teams to define critical interfaces, specify component/system requirements, and contribute to decisions that shape future vehicles
  • Fly: support launch from mission control and fulfill GNC responsibilities during the countdown
  • Analyze: use ground test and flight data to verify system performance and improve the fidelity of the simulation
  • Ownership: end-to-end responsibility for large aspects of the GNC system

Why We Value You

  • You have 5+ years of experience in aerospace vehicle GNC development and simulation
  • You have an advanced degree in engineering, physics, mathematics or equivalent
  • You have experience with Simulink
  • You possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to articulate ideas, give technical feedback, and mentor team members
  • You’re excited to work in a fast-paced, self-driven, iterative startup environment, and to build the systems that enable daily launches to space

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

© Astra Space Inc. All rights reserved; Astra is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We encourage people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply.

San Francisco Applicants: Astra will consider applicants with arrest and conviction records (criminal histories) in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

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