Astrobotic, a space robotics company, is seeking a Robotics Software Engineer to develop advanced robotics solutions for space. This position will be responsible for architecture, development, and testing of core algorithms and supporting software for Astrobotic's terrain relative navigation system that will enable precision landing on the Moon. Applicants should have a strong software engineering background along with general knowledge of robotics-related topics including: perception, computer vision, state estimation, mechatronics, real-time control, or simulation.
In June 2020, Astrobotic was selected for a $199.5 million contract to deliver the NASA VIPER rover to the lunar south pole onboard the Griffin lunar lander. This mission will enable NASA’s objective to map water ice on the lunar surface, which in turn supports NASA’s plans for crewed missions in 2024. As part of Astrobotic’s Planetary Landers Team, you will literally be creating history as we define the benchmark for commercial delivery of payloads to the Moon and beyond.
Astrobotic Technology wants you to be a critical contributor to the design, test and integration of the propulsion systems for Astrobotic lunar landers. You will be responsible for working directly on the design and analysis of the propulsion system for a state of the art lunar lander, as well as component selection and testing.
Your main responsibilities:
- Development of component and system level test plans and execution, data analysis, feed system design and analysis, and assisting with management of component suppliers.
- Work alongside the liquid hypergolic bipropellant engine developers to ensure compatibility with the fed system.
- Some writing of technical reports and analysis presentation will be required.
EXPERIENCE IN THE FOLLOWING:
- Testing of pneumatic and fluid aerospace components and systems
- Fluid systems analysis including: pressure, water hammer and materials interactions.
- Fast acting valve operation and control
- Pressurized vessels and feed systems
- Reporting on system risks
- Minimum 2-5 years of experience in spacecraft propulsion systems development or high pressure fluid system environments
- B.S. in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering
PREFERRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
- Experience with Easy 5, Solidworks, Fortran, and Matlab
- Experience with hypergolic liquid bipropellant engines
- Knowledgeable of Range Safety and Ground Safety compliance
- Knowledge of space environmental tests
- Knowledge of propellant mixing, temperature control and combustion chemistry
- Experience with pulsed mode feed systems
- 5-10 years of experience in spacecraft propulsion systems development or high pressure fluid system environments
- M.S. in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on Propulsion Systems
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.
Applicants should be prepared to submit a writing sample, references, and demonstrate a significant background in space missions.
Astrobotic Technology, Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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