Principal Docking Systems Engineer

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Millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

As part of a hardworking team of diverse engineers in Blue Origin’s Advanced Development Program (ADP), you will lead the evaluation and analysis of the mechanisms and docking systems for space vehicles, orbital habitats, and lunar landers. You will define the functional and performance requirements on each of the mechanisms, including docking systems, lead integrated analysis, and plan the verification and validation campaign that will ensure safe and reliable operations.

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!


  • Lead integrated docking mechanism analyses
  • Decompose docking functional and performance requirements between mechanisms and mechanical systems
  • Design and document the docking system Verification Validation and Certification (VV&C) plan.
  • Determine and lead the required V&V activities to be performed at the integrated system level.
  • Allocate, review, and approve docking VV&C activities to be performed at the element levels.
  • Lead definition and planning for docking interfaces with NASA
  • Support analysis of other critical mechanisms across elements
  • Support mechanical systems analysis, including dynamics analysis, across the elements


  • B.S. in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, physics or related technical discipline
  • 12+ years relevant experience
  • Expert in development, analysis, and test of critical in-space mechanisms
  • Experience planning and executing complex integrated tests in high-fidelity test environments
  • Experience developing docking concept of operations, leading to requirements definition and analysis
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast paced, dynamic work environment
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


  • M.S. or PhD in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, physics or related technical discipline
  • Strong fundamental knowledge in astrodynamics and relative motion of space objects
  • Experience with contact dynamics test approaches and facilities
  • Experience with hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and software-in-the-loop (SIL) testing
  • Experience developing and analyzing RPO algorithms and approaches
  • Experience in Matlab and Simulink
  • Experience in development and test of RPO sensors such as LiDaRS and vision-based navigation systems
  • Experience designing and evaluating Monte Carlo simulations
  • Experience with Linear Covariance analysis methods
  • Experience with spacecraft docking mechanisms and systems, e.g. the International Docking System Standard (IDSS)
  • Familiarity with the International Rendezvous System Interoperability Standards (IRSIS)
  • Knowledge of International Space Station RPO architecture, mission design, and operational procedures

Tagged as: Matlab, simulink, HIL, integrated docking mechanism, rpo algorithms, SIL, lidars, irsis, idss

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