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We go space to improve life on earth

Rocket Lab is a vertically integrated provider of small launch services, satellites, and spacecraft components. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. Our team is over 1,300 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.


  • 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 has been selected  to help return humans to the lunar surface (CAPSTONE), do science at Mars (ESCAPADE), prove out on-orbit propellant depot technology (LOXSAT), and pioneer in-space manufacturing (Varda). Most recently, Rocket Lab was selected as the bus provider for Globstars new satellites, positioning Rocket Lab as a constellation-class satellite manufacturer As the Mission Assurance Lead, you’ll play a pivotal role in making the Globalstar mission a success.
  • Engineers within the Photon team have a unique opportunity to help shape this space system and, given the high launch cadence of Electron, have unparalleled opportunities for end-to-end system development and on-orbit operations. The successful candidate will have a strong set of technical skills, will have experience in related projects, and will thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.


Reporting to the Space Systems Mission Assurance Lead and collaborating closely with team members across all subsystems, the Mission Assurance Engineer will carry out quality and mission assurance for all mission assurance activities for Space Systems Rocket Lab. In this role, the Mission Assurance Engineer will provide oversight for spacecraft programs as well as Rocket Lab’s satellite components line to ensure overall mission success.  The ideal candidate will implement robust processes and improvements with a focus on efficiency and commercial best practices to support Space System’s rapid growth.


  • Work closely with Program/Product Managers and their teams to ensure products meet requirements for mission success.
  • Develop and implement quality plans based on company procedures, government/industry standards, and best practices to ensure products meet mission/customer requirements.
  • Develop tools and processes for managing and tracking risks, non-conformances, and component pedigree.
  • Develop and implement EEE parts requirements
  • Provide oversight at technical reviews to ensure that products are being designed based on sound engineering principles.
  • Provide recommendations to programs and products to improve spacecraft and satellite component quality.
  • Work with teams to understand and mitigate radiation and other space environment risks.
  • Support programs as necessary on mission assurance deliverables, reliability analyses, and risk assessments.
  • Review purchase orders and subcontracts
  • Perform inspections at vendors


  • Bachelor of Science in Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, or equivalent engineering degree. Advance degree preferred.
  • 7+ years of experience specifically on satellite development programs.
  • Understanding of key spacecraft subsystems and their associated components including attitude determination and control (ADCS), electrical power systems (EPS), space-ground communications, on-orbit command and data handling (C&DH), and thermal control.
  • Significant hands-on experience in spacecraft integration and test programs
  • Thorough understanding of the space environment, orbital mechanics, and rigid body dynamics.
  • A working knowledge of Quality Management Systems IS09001 and AS9100, Configuration and Data
  • Management, and implementation of internal and contractual quality requirements.
  • Extensive experience with EEE Parts and Radiation Effects for full-lifecycle Space hardware electronics design.
  • Experience with anomaly resolution and root cause analysis.
  • Demonstrated success working in a dynamic environment with multiple competing priorities.


  • Experience serving in a previous Mission Assurance, Program Management, or Systems Engineering role.
  • Extensive knowledge of industry standards such as SMC-S-021 and/or NASA GEVS.
  • Understanding or experience of NASA Class A-D mission assurance requirements.
  • Experience with environmental testing, such as thermal vacuum or random vibration testing.
  • Experience with satellite operations.

Important information:


To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.

Rocket Lab USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, employment with Rocket Lab USA is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status

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