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Stratolaunch, LLC Principal Flight Dynamics Engineer in Mojave, California

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.

Stratolaunch is seeking an experienced flight dynamics engineer to guide the development of an autonomous air-launch vehicle with stability and control, handling qualities, and flight dynamics simulation expertise. The successful candidate will have a detailed understanding of aircraft flight dynamics, a solid mathematical background, and an ability to work with a small team in a fast-paced engineering development environment.


  • Perform hand-calculations and first-order assessments to support vehicle trade studies

  • Perform detailed stability and control and handling qualities analysis

  • Perform vehicle performance simulations for a variety of reference missions

  • Define requirements for flight control sizing ( e.g. aero surface sizing)

  • Define requirements for flight control actuator performance (e.g. actuator force, stroke and speed requirements)

  • Define requirements for mission duty cycle power demands

  • Develop 6-DOF simulations in Matlab/Simulink or similar environment

  • Support flight control, and stability and control flight testing

  • Support development of flight control laws


  • Expertise in aerospace engineering principles for aircraft flight dynamics

  • Expertise with flight dynamics and control simulation

  • Experience with requirements development and verification

  • Experience with wind tunnel and/or flight test data reduction

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • BS or MS degree in Aerospace Engineering or related field

  • 15+ years of relevant industry experience in a flight sciences role, including supersonic and/or hypersonic flight test experience, stability and control analysis, handling qualities analysis, and/or flight dynamics simulation

  • Wind tunnel and flight test data reduction

  • Experience with Matlab/Simulink and other aerodynamic design and analysis tools

  • Experience performing trade studies related to aircraft stability and control

  • Experience with flight and wind tunnel testing and data reduction

Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable

  • 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