Senior Simulation and Controls Engineer

  • Full Time
  • USA
  • Posted 5 months ago
  • US Citizenship or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Company Details

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is an affiliate of Virgin Galactic as a space-system manufacturing organization. Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, it is building and testing a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo reusable spaceships that, together, form Virgin Galactic’s human spaceflight system. Like many Virgin companies across the world, its team of over 400 talented and dedicated engineers, technicians and professionals are drawn together by a willingness to disrupt and challenge the status quo and deliver innovative aerospace solutions to our customers’ needs. TSC’s extensive capabilities encompass preliminary vehicle design and analysis, manufacturing, ground testing, flight testing and post-delivery support.

Our Values

TSC and the greater Virgin Organization have a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation.  You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic.  Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door”, be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility.  You will work well under pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility.  You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.

Who You Are

As a Simulation  and Controls engineer you will be designing simulations and flight control laws for commercial space vehicles and future aircraft and space projects. You will be collaborating closely with the entire engineering team to build accurate models of the vehicle and subsystems. You will design control laws, participate in verification of the flight software and support flight test.

Your Mission

  • Model vehicle and sub-system dynamics in Matlab and Simulink, and perform system identification with flight test data
  • Collaborate with aerodynamics, vehicle design, system design, and avionics to meet vehicle dynamics and control requirements
  • Design and implement controllers and estimators for aircraft and space vehicle control
  • Build analysis and simulation toolsets for optimizing controller gains, predicting system performance, and assessing control system stability and robustness
  • Support GNC aspects of current SS2 project, future customer projects, and internal R&D

What you bring

  • Proficient designing and programming algorithms and simulations in C, C++, Matlab, and Simulink
  • Experienced with aircraft/spacecraft dynamics, Kalman filtering, classical control, and modern control techniques
  • Experienced with selection of actuators and sensors to meet control system requirements
  • Experience with refining models from test data using system identification

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

The Spaceship Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with The Spaceship Company 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, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.


Tagged as: Matlab, c/c++, simulink, actuators/sensors, aircraft/spacecraft dynamics, kalman filtering, classical control, modern control techniques

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