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Senior Flight Control Engineer

Senior Flight Control Engineer

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The Spaceship Company

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Who we are

Who we are

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 350 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.

Your Mission

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is seeking an experienced Senior Flight Control Engineer who will be proficient in performing Flight Control Law Development and simulation experience. You will find yourself amongst the best and brightest while being part of a pioneering organization!

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop Flight Control Laws and control algorithms to meet vehicle performance, flying qualities, and stability margins on ground and in flight.
  • Support definition of Flight Control System specifications and requirements and Flight Control Law requirements for handling qualities, sensors, actuators, and controllers.
  • Design, develop, and test autopilot and associated logic functions.
  • Develop modeling and simulation of dynamic systems
    • Develop six-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) digital simulation models and computer code.
    • Conduct engineering analysis, studies, and performance assessments.
    • Integrate models into software and hardware-in-the-loop simulation environments.
  • Verify and validate Flight Control Systems through testing in desktop simulation environment, systems integration labs, aircraft flight test, and aircraft/system qualification and certification activities.
  • Perform hardware / software integration and testing on flight simulator devices, including pilot in the loop testing.
  • Support analysis of system architecture, redundancy management, electronic hardware design and integration, and actuator design and integration.
  • Support development of Operational Flight Program software.
  • Work closely with engineers of varying disciplines and aircraft Subject Matter Experts to meet flight simulator regulatory and customer training requirements
  • Participate in engineering design reviews.
  • Keep current on future technologies and products
  • Analyze air vehicle flight test data and support flight test activities

What you bring

  • 8 years’ or more experience in flight control law development for aerospace vehicles.
  • Knowledge of aircraft and aerospace systems with emphasis on flight dynamics, propulsion and ground reaction forces.
  • Knowledge of reversible and irreversible flight control systems.
  • Knowledge of MIL-HDBK-1797, MIL-F-8785C; MIL-F-9490D; DO-178B
  • Simulation Experience
  • Experience with planning and conducting flight tests, and post test data evaluation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent Organizational Skills and problem-solving skills
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent computer skills, including word, excel and powerpoint
  • Proficiency with Simulink, C/C++, Linux / Unix, MATLAB, Fortran
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)
  • 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 is highly desired

 Education/Certifications Required:

  • BS or MS degree from an accredited college in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering (or related field).

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.

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