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Stress Engineer, Spaceship Propulsion

Stress Engineer, Spaceship Propulsion

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The Spaceship Company

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Who we are

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is wholly owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. TSC is building the world’s first fleet of commercial spaceships (SpaceShipTwo) to enable Virgin Galactic to become the world’s first private spaceline.  SpaceShipTwo is powered by an innovative hybrid propulsion system not used on any other operational manned spacecraft. TSC is hiring sharp, multitalented engineers who enjoy the challenge of being first in industry, and have a passion for space.


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 commercial pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility. You will communicate clearly and effectively. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need for complete confidentiality.


Who you are

TSC is seeking an engineer with experience in stress analysis of aerospace components and systems. Experience with solid or hybrid rocket motor propellant, liner, insulation, case and nozzles, or valves, lines, COPV’s and pressurized systems. Ideally this candidate will have experience with fatigue, fracture, modal and random vibration analysis. In addition experience with flight hardware, component qualification/substantiation, material testing and rocket motor qualification and acceptance is a plus. Candidate will also be comfortable working in a hands on environment, and must have a strong sense of accountability.


Your Mission

  • Conduct stress analysis of propulsion system components and provide feedback and suggestions for design improvements
  • Be responsible for component structural analysis verification against program requirements
  • Help with loads derivation and integration with vehicle structure
  • Participate in structural test definition and data reduction
  • Assist in material selection and qualification
  • Review flight loads data+

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of 1-5+ years of relevant industry experience; More is preferred
  • Experience with free-body diagrams and classical stress analysis techniques
  • Knowledge of component/system analysis and sizing using FEA models, including pre and post processing of NASTRAN models and associated sizing of composite structures
  • Experience with CATIA V5 and/or Solidworks
  • 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
  • Excellent organizational, communication and problem solving skills
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).

You must be interested in advancing the state of commercial space technology, specifically ground breaking, cost effective, passenger carrying, rocket propulsion systems. The Virgin Galactic spaceline is counting on TSC to set the gold standard for safety, reliability and performance.


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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