Virgin Galactic

Aerodynamics Engineer

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

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, it’s a team of talented and dedicated engineers, technicians and professionals that are drawn together by a willingness to disrupt and challenge the status quo to 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 an Aerodynamics Engineer with experience in flight vehicle performance, stability and control analysis, flight test, and wind tunnel testing. This experience should include test plan development, post test data analysis, authoring test plans and formal reports. The purpose of this role will be to support the review and understanding of the aircraft configuration, performance, and handling qualities of the WK2 and SS2 vehicles and assist in the identification of any needed aerodynamic modifications to support entry into commercial service.

Your Mission

  • Reviews, updates, and compiles aerodynamic data for application by other engineering disciplines and flight operations
  • Develops standardized analysis and reporting tools
  • Supports flight test execution by providing vehicle performance and handling quality estimates and limitations to support development and ongoing updates to the Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH)
  • Conducts post flight data analysis and provides updates to improve aerodynamic modeling, including inputs for flight simulation development and improvements

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from an accredited institution
  • A minimum of 3 to 5+ years relevant industry experience
  • Academic and professional experience in sub-sonic, transonic, and supersonic aerodynamics, performance, and flying qualities
  • Experience in the use of MATLAB and SIMULINK for 6 DOF simulator development
  • 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 are highly desired 
  • Pilot and aircraft homebuilding experience a strong plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent computer skills, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • 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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