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Stratolaunch, LLC Avionics Lead - Carrier Aircraft in Mojave, California

Position Summary

Stratolaunch is developing an air-launch test platform to contribute to high-speed research and development. The goal of Stratolaunch is to utilize the capabilities of the Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft and air-launch test vehicles to enable development of technologies that may not exist otherwise. Stratolaunch strives to create technology development opportunities for commercial, philanthropic, and governmental organizations to collect rich and actionable data and drive advancements in science, research, and technology.

To achieve these great efforts, Stratolaunch needs an Avionics Lead to complete the development of the carrier aircraft avionics and instrumentation systems. This position also includes development and implementation of other segments of the Stratolaunch architecture, which could include airborne support equipment, launch vehicle, and ground elements. As an Avionics Lead, you will be responsible for leading the Carrier Aircraft Avionics team as the aircraft becomes part of a larger integrated launch system.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead the Carrier Aircraft Avionics development, including working with current and new development systems

  • Support aircraft avionics technology development including developing the requirements, developing capabilities, and implementing software development and testing plans

  • Support the mission control center telemetry and data display systems contributing to flight test activities

  • Support integration of the carrier aircraft systems with launch vehicles

  • Perform test verification activities on the carrier aircraft and launch vehicle

  • Perform design and/or analysis to support component development

  • Perform test procedure development and test execution

  • Develop custom software to support carrier aircraft operations

  • Contribute to aerospace systems integration with requirements development and interface documentation

  • Develop engineering tools, as needed, to complete tasking

  • Provide technical guidance for projects within the larger program

  • Analyze test data for various projects

  • Evaluate risks and contribute to risk mitigation plans to determine if the risks are appropriate and risk mitigation are adequate

  • Contribute to the integration of complex aerospace systems

  • Travel, as needed, to support projects

  • Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity and fulfillment of commitments


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Knowledge of and experience with one or more of these disciplines: software engineering, avionics, electronics, aircraft and/or launch vehicle integration

  • Experience with requirements development, with a focus on interface management

  • Excellent written communication and software documentation skills

  • Experience with risk management

  • Ability to communicate technical challenges and provide interface guidance to varied audiences to develop airborne and ground support systems. Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals

  • Complex aerospace system development

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities

  • Lead a team of 2 – 5 people while giving concrete goals and objectives to stay on schedule with Stratolaunch


  • Aircraft and/or launch vehicle development experience

  • Experience with government agencies

  • Experience with air-launch programs

  • Automated testing experience

  • Security clearance TS/SCI

Required Computer Skills

  • Fluency in C++, Python, and LabVIEW programming languages

  • Linux

  • Embedded software

  • Networking

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)

  • Engineering software tools

  • Configuration management systems

  • Education/experience/certifications

Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 8-plus years of relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special remarks regarding work environment

  • This position is located in Mojave, CA

  • Some travel (<10%) may be required

  • Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

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Job Category: Engineering