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Configuration Design Engineer

Configuration Design Engineer

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The Spaceship Company

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Who we are

Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port, The Spaceship Company (TSC) is the aerospace production company, founded by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites, which is building the world’s first fleet of commercial spaceships (SpaceShipTwo) and carrier aircraft (WhiteKnightTwo). The Spaceship Company plans to make access to space safe, reliable and affordable. The Spaceship Company is dedicated to that goal by building the first fleet of spaceflight systems developed for routine, scheduled flight operations that exceed our customers’ requirements. TSC’s first customer is Virgin Galactic ( which is on track to become the world’s first private “spaceline”. If you are looking for a challenging opportunity that will ignite your passion for designing cool and innovative products, are exceptionally creative, are a great problem solver and can make things happen - apply today!

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is seeking an experienced Configuration Design Engineer who is proficient in aircraft conceptual and preliminary design. You will find yourself amongst the best and brightest while being part of a pioneering organization!

Your Mission

  • Aircraft conceptual and preliminary design
  • Perform trade studies (weight, performance, structural sizing, aerodynamics) along with modification of existing aircraft to include propulsion trades, payload trades, etc
  • Run & develop sizing, aerodynamics, performance, and other codes
  • Perform customer presentations, engineering reports, specifications and proposal writing


What you bring

  • Minimum of 3-5+ years of experience; 7-10+ years of experience in aircraft or spacecraft preliminary design is preferred
  • CAD experience is required (CATIA V5 preferred)
  • Experience with Model Based Definition, 2D drawing creation
  • Experience with the design of flight vehicles or vehicle systems to a set of requirements or standards such as CFR 14, Part 400, Part 23 and 25, military or NASA are highly desired
  • Manufacturing/Modificatons, Flight Test, Pilot, and Mechanic experience desired
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent computer skills: Word, Excel and PowerPoint


Education Requirements

• Bachelor’s Degree in in Aerospace, Mechanical or equivalent is required; Advanced Engineering degree is strongly preferred


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.


Personal Requirements 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 commercial pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility. You will be able to work easily with senior management of the Company, Virgin Galactic, Virgin Management USA, Virgin Management UK to contribute as an equal to the commercial and strategic discussions and decisions of the Group. You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.


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.



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