Virgin Galactic

Senior Ground Station Engineer

Company The Spaceship Company
Category Engineering
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location

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 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

TSC is seeking a Ground Station Engineer responsible for assisting in the development, integration, and maintenance of the mission control center (MCC) that supports WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceshipTwo. The position involves working closely with the Avionics and Electrical Engineers responsible for the vehicles as well as the Simulator Engineer. The scope of the avionics instrumentation position includes: operating and maintaining equipment required to receive, decode, and display telemetry and simulator data, selection and integration of new equipment compatible with existing instrumentation systems installed aboard the vehicles, and working with all other engineering disciplines to create, validate, and troubleshoot data displays for live monitoring of flight test data. The ground station engineer will also be involved in the testing and checkout of new instrumentation, and the selection, integration, and maintenance of portable ground-support electronics hardware and software. The ground station engineer will be responsible for the integration and maintenance of the audio system integrated into the mission control system. Finally, the ground station engineer will be responsible for maintaining and expanding a custom C++ DLL used to decode the Avionics data bus data from the vehicle.


Your Mission

  • Develop, integrate, and maintain the mission control center responsible for decoding and displaying data from the flight vehicles and the TSC simulator.
  • Work closely with the vehicle Avionics and Electrical engineers to ensure interoperability and compatibility of ground and flight telemetry and other RF systems.
  • Operate the ground station during missions and solve issues as they arise.
  • Support other departments regarding IADS displays and data processing paths.
  • Develop TSC ground station specifications.


What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and 5+ years’ experience as a Ground Station Engineer.
  • Ability to read and generate wiring schematics and installation diagrams using CAD software.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and able to work across organizational teams.
  • Experience with the design of ground stations to support flight testing including selection of components to receive, decode, and display data.
  • Experience with Windows and Linux based clients and servers for decoding and display of telemetry data. Experience with IADS is highly desired.
  • Experience with programming and troubleshooting software written in C++.
  • Experience with configuration and troubleshooting of audio distribution systems (Clear-Com).
  • Strong skills with Microsoft Office Suite (including Microsoft Visio), Ethernet Networking, and experience with Simulink a plus.
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).


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.


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