Payload Mission Manager

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The Future of Hypersonic Testing

Position Summary

Stratolaunch is developing hypersonic vehicles to support various Department of Defense and commercial applications. Stratolaunch seeks a Payload Mission Manager to lead the integration of customer payloads with the Stratolaunch hypersonic vehicles. Candidates must have a strong Avionics and/or Electrical Engineering background and experience in payload integration. Experience with sensors, instrumentation, or high-temperature materials is preferred.

As Payload Mission Manager, you will report to the Hypersonic Programs Director and be responsible for integrating customer payloads with our Talon-A hypersonic vehicles. You will interface with the customer on a regular basis to develop requirements, manage integration schedules, provide updates, and ensure the customer has an optimal experience working with Stratolaunch. You will be part of the hypersonic engineering team and develop interface requirements and interface control documents for use in payload integration. You will generate work instructions and then collaborate with the operations team to answer questions and resolve conflicts during payload installation. You will also work with the customer to generate and implement the payload functional test matrix prior to the mission. You will work with the Stratolaunch contracts team to ensure customer milestones are achieved. You will work with the hypersonic vehicle program management team to ensure the customer needs are communicated and integrated with program planning tools.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop interface requirements for payload integration
  • Coordinate across multiple Stratolaunch departments to ensure the customer milestones are met while providing customers with an optimal experience
  • Develop the payload integration schedule, starting from receipt of payload through the return of the payload and delivery of customer data
  • Generate interface control documents using 3D CAD, schematics, and wiring diagrams, and deliver them to the customer
  • Develop work instructions for the operations team to perform physical payload integration
  • Work with customers to verify functional performance after payload integration
  • Work with customers and the operations team to develop ground and flight test plans to support customer objectives
  • Owner of the Stratolaunch payload user’s guide
  • Reduce flight test data, as required, and deliver to customers
  • Support the preparation of business proposals to the US Government and industry
  • Coordinate and help resolve technical challenges, as required
  • Contribute to the integration of complex aerospace systems
  • Travel, as needed, to support the company
  • Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity, and fulfillment of commitments


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily
  • The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions


  • Knowledge of, and experience with electrical engineering, avionics, electronics, software, aircraft, and/or launch vehicle integration
  • Experience with requirements development, with a focus on interface management
  • Experience with air or space vehicle instrumentation
  • Experience with computer-aided design (CAD) software tools
  • Experience with integration and test planning
  • Ability to write work instructions for the operations team
  • Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals
  • Experience with complex aerospace system development
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance at the TS/SCI level


  • Experience with sensor integration
  • Experience with high-temperature materials, thermal protection systems, or optical windows
  • Experience with U.S. government agencies
  • Active security clearance

Required computer skills

  • Engineering software tools
  • MS Office (Project, Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Configuration management systems


  • Bachelor’s degree (BS) in engineering, physics, or mathematics from an accredited institution and 15-plus years of relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience

Special remarks regarding work environment

  • Travel is estimated to be approximately 25%
  • The position is based in Mojave, CA

Applicants must be US citizens or Green Card holders to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

Tagged as: CAD, electrical engineering, avionics, software, electronics, aircraft, launch vehicle, aerospace system development, interface management, air or space vehicle instrumentation, integration & test planning, ts/sci clearance

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