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
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
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