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.
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.
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.