PROPULSION ENGINEER

Company Details

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 be responsible for working directly on the design and analysis of the propulsion systems, from initial component sizing to system layout and modeling through to supporting mission operations.  You will regularly report to the Propulsion Lead on progress.

RESPOSIBILITIES INCLUDE

  • Design spacecraft feed systems
  • Performance modeling using a combination of analytical tools and methods
  • Size components (engines, tanks, valves, tubing, etc.) to meet mission requirements
  • Risk assessment and mitigation planning
  • Perform component and system trade studies through analysis, testing and integration
  • Develop propulsion test plans, conduct the testing, and post-process the results
  • Provide real time mission operations support
  • Write and present technical reports
  • Coordinate between technical partners, suppliers, and other subsystems to assess design progress, schedule, and risks

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • B.S. in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
  • 2+ years of relevant experience in spacecraft propulsion system or component development
  • Experience designing and analyzing high-pressure fluid and pneumatic systems
  • Knowledge of fast acting valve operation and control
  • Experience with transient flow analysis (Easy5 preferred)
  • Proven capability to develop conceptual designs, perform trade studies, and down select to a design baseline
  • 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

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • M.S. in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
  • 5+ 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
  • Understanding of pressure vessel specifications and requirements
  • Knowledge of Range Safety and Ground Safety requirements
  • Experience with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD, ANSYS Fluent preferred)
  • Knowledge of scripting languages, such as Fortran or Matlab

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