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Rocket Lab is redefining how we access SPACE. The satellites of today are getting smaller, doing more and costing less � and thousands of them need to get on orbit. Small satellites have been promised frequent, reliable and affordable dedicated launch for decades. Rocket Lab is delivering on this with a tailored, responsive launch service operating right now.

About Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space, and that access is now a reality thanks to Rocket Lab. Our team is 500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action-oriented.

While other companies talk about it, we do it!

About the role

Rocket Lab is seeking exceptional engineers to work on its Photon satellite program. Photon is a first-of-its-kind platform in the small satellite industry: a versatile satellite bus that is also an integral part of the launch vehicle. Photon is being developed to enable a broad range of missions in low-Earth orbit and beyond. Photon was recently selected by NASA to deploy a CubeSat to the Moon in 2021 as a pathfinder for Artemis, the program to return humans to the lunar surface.
Engineers supporting the Photon program have a unique opportunity to help shape this space system. The successful candidate will have a strong set of both technical and communication skills, will have experience in related projects, and will thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.


  • Develop and maintain technical budgets for vehicle performance
  • Develop and manage system requirements and verification techniques
  • Develop simulations and perform analysis across vehicle functions
  • Develop test methods and plans for new developments
  • Develop and conduct systems and subsystem level integration and test activities
  • Develop in collaboration with team members, interface specifications, CONOPS definition and other design documents
  • Assist with customer meetings and facilitate technical exchanges with customers
  • Assist with proposals and facilitate technical exchanges with the engineering team
  • Assist with program management and product management

Essential skills

  • A Bachelor of Science degree (or greater) in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent.
  • 3+ years of experience specifically on satellite development programs, which can be anywhere from initial design through on-orbit operations.
  • Strong technical writing skills.
  • Understanding of key spacecraft subsystems and their associated components, including attitude determination and control, spacecraft electrical power systems, space-ground communications, on-orbit command and data handling, and thermal control.
  • Understanding of the space environment, orbital mechanics, and rigid body dynamics.
  • Proficiency with Matlab/Python/comparable.
  • Proficiency with STK.
  • Demonstrated success working in a dynamic environment with multiple priorities.
  • Experience with requirements management tools such as JAMA or DOORS.

Desired skills

  • Experience supporting initial design and spacecraft formulation activities including proposal support.
  • Experience with customer-facing activities and business development.

Important Information 
For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant.  These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States’ International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality.  For more information on these Regulations, click here

Tagged as: matlab / python, STK, requirements management tools

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