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Flight Sciences Engineer

Flight Sciences Engineer

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Job Locations 
US-NM-Las Cruces
Regular Full-Time
Virgin Galactic

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Who we are




Virgin Galactic is on track to become the world’s first privately funded commercial space line. It is dedicated to becoming a world leader in sub-orbital commercial space tourism with a longer term vision to develop other space technologies that have the potential to open space to significantly more people and users. 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!


Our Values

VG and the greater Virgin Organization has 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 be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality. 


Who you are
VG is seeking a Flight Sciences Engineer with experience in aircraft performance, aerodynamics and flight loads to join the Operations Engineering team. This role will grow into a multi-disciplinary subject matter expert in a range of flight sciences related disciplines including aircraft performance, aerodynamics, stability and control, flight loads, aerothermal heating and weight and balance. The purpose of this role will be to integrate with the joint flight test team for the remainder of the WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) and SpaceShipTwo (SS2) flight test program in Mojave, CA and then take on operational responsibility for various flight sciences disciplines following the transition into regular commercial spaceflight operations at Spaceport America, NM.




Your Mission


  • Support the TSC Flight Sciences team with flight predictions, data analysis and vehicle modifications for the remainder of the flight test program.
  • Perform system integration and ultimately share operational responsibility with other members of the Operations Engineering team for SS2/WK2 Air Data, Flight Controls, Thermal Protection Systems and all associated flight instrumentation.
  • Assist with the definition of flight sciences processes, procedures and delivery documentation required for commercial operations and play a key role in the transition from flight test to commercial operations.
  • Work closely with VG Engineering, Maintenance, Flight Operations and other departments to continuously improve systems, processes and operations.
  • Use various flight sciences models and mission planning tools to generate pre-flight predictions and flight profile optimization in support of flight readiness reviews.
  • Provide control room support for flight sciences consoles in real-time during missions to monitor systems and vehicle performance and recommend corrective actions on issues.
  • Coordinate post-flight data analysis and reviews for flight sciences disciplines, including continued development of system health and reliability monitoring and compliance with published vehicle limits and inspection criteria.
  • Coordinate with VG systems engineers and counterpart TSC designers on modifications and/or design change proposals for SS2 and WK2 systems based on operational experience, reliability and maintainability.
  • Provide expertise to support the definition and upkeep of Required Equipment List (REL) items related to flight sciences.
  • Liaise with TSC Flight Sciences department for reporting of anomalies, feedback of reliability data, recommendations for future vehicle designs and updates to aerodynamic/CFD models, loads/thermal models, performance tools, etc.
  • Monitor vehicle modifications for changes to stiffness and other vehicle properties that would require flight control mass balancing, flight control rigging, etc.
  • Perform vehicle weight and balance tracking to ensure compliance with published operational limits throughout the vehicle lifecycles.
  • Provide flight sciences expertise for any required in-service flight testing activities.


What you bring



  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering
  • 3+ years of professional experience in one or more flight sciences disciplines in an operational and/or flight test environment.
  • Familiarity with Matlab, IADS, SolidWorks, Maintenance/Reliability tracking software and aircraft performance tools is highly desired.
  • Previous control room experience desired.
  • Private pilot experience desired.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong team player.
  • Must be a “U.S. person” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).


Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Galactic 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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