Gas Stations in Space™
Currently satellites carry with them one tank of fuel and cannot be refueled. This single-use architecture greatly limits satellite mobility and the development of economic activities in Space. Orbit Fab is working to establish the first Gas Stations in Space. We are developing the refueling technology and the entire fuel supply chain architecture. We supply fuel in space for satellites to refuel and to continue operating without having to worry about running out of fuel.
Established in 2018, we have already flown three tankers to space; with the first one flown within one year of founding. We work closely with partners and customers in the larger space industry ecosystem to make thriving in-space economy a reality.
We describe here the skills, qualifications, and responsibilities that we need to have as a team. You don’t need all of them. Your aptitude for complex technical challenges and your practical experience designing/building/coding stuff will trump specific qualifications or tools any day!
Position Purpose: As a Mechanical Engineer III, you will support the engineering team in design, analysis, testing and prototyping of flight hardware for spacecraft and/or mechanisms. Working within the mechanical engineering group, you’ll be tasked with investigating design problems, providing justification of decision making and bringing a sound technical approach. This position will allow you to work independently and exercise your judgment, as well as be part of a cross-specialty team to solve the engineering problems that accompany hardware in space.
- Mechanical engineering design including spacecraft, structures, MGSE, actuators and mechanisms
- Mechanical system architecture affecting the mission as a whole and the products that will interface with the hardware
- Analyses required to satisfy internal requirements for hardware performance, life, and environment
- Modeling and design documentation of the mechanical systems using CAD
- Support of assembly and test including performance, shock, vibration and space environments
- Proactively identify roadblocks to technical progress and take steps to mitigate/avoid
- Produce a quality engineering product on time
- Give effective presentations to the team and customers
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department. Interact appropriately with others to maintain a positive and productive work environment
- US Person (Citizen or Permanent Resident) for ITAR purposes
- BS in Mechanical (or Aerospace) Engineering with 9+ years of experience OR MS with 7+ years of experience
- Proficient with computer aided design and analysis tools
- Experience developing mechanical structures or mechanism systems for space applications
- Shows initiative by demonstrating personal ownership of designs, seeking input from the Systems and cross functional engineers
- Can work autonomously, views work with a critical eye, prepares and gives peer reviews of work prior to critical milestones to peers.
- Collaborative and team focused
- Excellent communication, analytical, organizational, strategic, and statistical skills
- An effective sense of urgency and ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast paced, small company environment
Nice to Haves:
- Experience with LabView and MATLAB
- Experience with Onshape CAD software
- Experience with analysis software tools, such as Ansys
- Have flown flight hardware and followed through on designs from inception to final qualified product
- Have experience working with thermal and electrical teams to make better mechanical decisions for product development
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain safety critical code of flight systems in space
- Expertise working spacecraft or launch vehicle operations
- Familiarity with RPOD Rendezvous, Proximity Operations, and Docking flight operations