A space robotics company making space accessible to the world
Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world. The company’s suite of lunar landers delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals. The company is also developing advanced space robotics capabilities such as terrain relative navigation, mobile robotics for lunar surface operations, and reliable computing systems for mission-critical applications. Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining. Astrobotic is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Astrobotic was selected by NASA in May 2019 for a $79.5 million contract to deliver a suite of NASA instruments to the Moon. This mission will see the Peregrine lunar lander return America to the Moon with 22 payloads representing 5 countries.
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 wants you to be a critical contributor to the design, test, and integration of the propulsion systems for Astrobotic’s lunar lander product lines. You will monitor the development and activities of our supply chain and testing facilities. You will regularly report to the Propulsion Lead on progress.
Note: This position may be filled at multiple levels, including Engineer II, Senior, Principal, etc. depending on the candidate’s experience.
Note: This position is a temporary position with an expected duration of 1 year.
- Coordinate between Astrobotic and external technical partners, suppliers, and customers to assess progress, schedule, and risks
- Develop propulsion test plans, conduct the testing, and post-process the results
- Perform component and system trade studies through analysis, testing and integration
- Size components (engines, tanks, valves, tubing, etc.) to meet mission requirements
- Risk assessment and mitigation planning
- Write and present technical reports
- B.S. in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
- 5+ years of relevant experience in spacecraft propulsion systems or component development
- Experience interacting with suppliers, partners, and customers
- Experience testing fluid and/or pneumatic systems
- Experience designing and/or analyzing high-pressure fluid and/or pneumatic systems
- Proficient in CAD (SolidWorks preferred) and lifecycle management tools
- Adaptable to a startup environment, able to self-start with minimal guidance
- Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with changing needs and requirements
- M.S. in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
- 8+ years of relevant experience in spacecraft propulsion system or component development
- Experience with hypergolic liquid bipropellant engine systems
- Knowledge of propellant mixing, temperature control and combustion chemistry
- Knowledge of Range Safety and Ground Safety requirements
- Experience with analytical tools such as 1D flow and/or Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD, ANSYS Fluent preferred)