Stratolaunch Principal Aircraft Stability and Control Engineer in Mojave, California

Position Summary

Stratolaunch, founded in 2011 by Paul G. Allen, is developing an air-launch platform to make access to space more convenient, reliable, and routine. We believe that normalizing access to low Earth orbit (LEO) has the potential to redefine our lives by creating more opportunities for commercial, philanthropic and governmental organizations to collect rich and actionable data and drive advancements in science, research, and technology from space.

To achieve these great efforts, Stratolaunch needs a Principal Aircraft Stability and Controls Engineer to contribute design and analysis for the development of the Stratolaunch architecture.

As a Principal Aircraft Stability and Controls Engineer, you will be responsible for leading design and analysis of the carrier aircraft stability and controls. You will lead requirements development for Stratolaunch’s carrier aircraft in the area of flying and handling qualities. Additionally, you will help with flight control design, iteration of flying and handling qualities, and provide technical leadership for the carrier aircraft simulator. Candidates must have strong fundamentals in aircraft stability and control, aerodynamics, flight dynamics, and relevant experience in flight testing. You will also perform similar evaluations for other parts of the Stratolaunch architecture, including the medium launch vehicle and hypersonics platform. This position includes evaluation of a broad range of technical data and providing technical guidance for Stratolaunch projects. Candidates must have experience in complex aerospace systems development, personnel and sub-contractor management.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead Stratolaunch stability and control assessments and requirements development for the carrier aircraft.

  • Contribute to flight controls design and iterate on the stability and control requirements for the carrier aircraft

  • Lead the post flight data reconstruction for the carrier aircraft flight path and stability and control performance

  • Lead the planning for the carrier aircraft simulator to include technical upgrades, configuration management path, and technology implementation

  • Develop instrumentation requirements to support flight test verification of stability and control performance.

  • Contribute to Stratolaunch flight test planning and execution.

  • Develop engineering tools, as needed, for analysis to complete their tasking.

  • Provide technical guidance for specific projects within the larger program with responsibility for technical performance of the project.

  • Requirements development, including writing requirements and verification statements

  • Analyze technical data for various projects, such as subsystem and component designs, system analyses, system margins, test and operations plans

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

  • Regular and comprehensive communication to the Flight Sciences lead on a weekly and monthly basis

  • Contribute to the integration of complex aerospace systems

  • Travel, as needed, to support the department

  • 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: aerodynamics, flying qualities, handling qualities, flight dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, stability and control, launch vehicle operations, aircraft operations, launch vehicle integration

  • Experience with technical aerospace leadership, including working with sub-contractors

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

  • Experience with risk management

  • Facilitation skills and ability to communicate technical challenges and guidance to varied audiences to gain support or resolve concerns

  • 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


  • Aircraft development experience

  • Experience with Engineering computing languages, such as C, C++, Python, and/or FORTRAN

  • Launch vehicle development experience

  • Experience with air-launch programs

Required computer skills

  • Engineering software tools, such as Matlab and/or Simulink

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)

  • Configuration management systems


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from an accredited institution and 25-plus years of relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special remarks regarding work environment

  • Travel estimated to be approximately 50+%

  • Position is based in Seattle, WA