Staff Electrical Engineer (Space Avionics)

Company Details

We're your ride to space.

About Us:

Spaceflight is revolutionizing the business of space transportation through its comprehensive and innovative suite of rideshare launch and mission management services. The company offers state-of-the-art satellite integration capabilities, including flight and ground support hardware, licensing and logistics management, and mission expertise to support each customer’s specific mission needs. Spaceflight’s diverse portfolio of launch partners across the globe enables the company to offer routine launch options and unprecedented launch flexibility. Based in Seattle, Spaceflight has successfully launched hundreds of satellites and is a part of the Mitsui & Co., Ltd. portfolio, operating as an independent, U.S.-based company.

Position Summary:

Spaceflight, Inc. is looking for a Staff Electrical Engineer to drive requirements definition, design and implement new avionics components and subsystems into Spaceflight’s growing family of space vehicle sequencers and avionics, control hardware, and mission-agnostic launch equipment. Your responsibilities will encompass electronic requirements, architecture concepts, detailed design, development, and test. Spaceflight is actively developing and producing custom flight structures, sequencers, orbital transfer vehicles, and many other unique systems to support the expanding needs of the small satellite community.

The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated, positive, and dedicated individual that enjoys working in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment. Spaceflight seeks team members that act with high integrity, are willing to serve wherever they are needed, and are dedicated to continual learning and improvement. The successful applicant will have a strong knowledge of space avionics, a background in developing new components and systems through full product lifecycles and will be passionate about space transportation and rapid hardware development.


  • Provide engineering expertise in the design, development, integration, test, and launch of new space avionics systems including circuit boards, components, harnessing, electrical support equipment and other hardware
  • Duties will include system and subsystem electrical architecture, design and prototyping, schematic development (as required), debugging, hardware issue tracking, component selection and derating, functional verification, hardware testing, and review of external avionics vendors components and systems
  • Support system and subsystem trade studies, analyses, performance characterization, and device selection
  • Provide input and expertise to multiple programs at once, as program schedules overlap
  • Focus on continuous improvement using current program needs and long-term strategies to identify necessary updates and changes.


  • 7+ years of experience in space-rated electronic hardware development
  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or equivalent
  • Experience in full life cycle development of new electronics subsystems and assemblies
  • Experience leading the architecture and development of real-time embedded systems with a focus on modular and extensible architectures
  • Experience with space hardware design factors including RF, radiation, component derating analysis, FMECA, FTA, EMI/EMC, manufacturability, etc.
  • Experience with MIL-STD-461 and similar environmental standards
  • Experience using the following development tools: Altium, MATLAB/Simulink, SPICE
  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

Desired Skills:

  • Strong technical background and/or expertise in one or more of the following areas:
    • Power Architecture
    • RF/Communications
    • Guidance, navigation, and control analyses
    • Design of space-based electronics, communications and/or other systems
  • Experience in electrical system test and validation
  • Experience in schematic layouts, harness design and manufacturing including understanding NASA-STD-8739.4, IPC/WHMA-A-620B, J-STD-001 Space Addendum, and other applicable design standards
  • Strong understanding of computer systems, electrical ground support equipment, scripting tools, and other automation methods
  • Ability to travel to remote launch sites for avionics testing, integration, and support
  • Possess strong team leadership and inter-team cooperation and organization skills

Spaceflight is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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