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Stratolaunch, LLC Principal Systems Engineer in Mojave, California

Stratolaunch is developing an air-launch platform to contribute to high speed research and development. The goal of Stratolaunch is to use the air-launch platform for enabling technologies that may not exist otherwise. Stratolaunch has the potential for creating 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 a Staff Systems Engineer to contribute to the technical integration of the Stratolaunch high speed vehicle.

This position is responsible for leading the interface development across multiple vehicle disciplines, contributing to the requirements development, contributing to the vehicle verification plan, and contributing to test planning. Additionally, this position will contribute to various system engineering processes such as configuration control, change management, and design standards.

The Senior Systems Engineer is also responsible for helping to meet the technical performance of the Stratolaunch architecture, including meeting design and mission requirements, resolving technical challenges, and evaluating technology upgrades that improve the competitive basis of the Stratolaunch architecture. Additionally, the Senior Systems Engineer will provide technical leadership to the Engineering team by providing technical review of various systems on both the carrier aircraft and the high-speed test vehicle.

This position is based in Mojave, CA.

Candidates must have strong Systems Engineering background, with experience in experimental aircraft development, and relevant experience in aircraft systems integration.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Requirements development and tracking

  • Requirements verification plan development and tracking

  • Interface development and resolution among the subsystem disciplines

  • Contribute to processes such as configuration control, change management, and design standards

  • Work with various sub-contractors to develop test verification activities for the high speed vehicle

  • Contribute to flight test planning with a focus on how requirements will be verified during flight test

  • Help resolve technical challenges, as required

  • Contribute to vehicle integration

  • Evaluate risks and risk mitigations to determine if these are appropriate and adequate

  • Contribute to the integration of complex aerospace systems

  • Travel, as needed, to support the company

  • 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: Systems Engineering, Mechanical Systems, Fluid Systems, Propulsion Systems, Electrical Systems, aircraft performance

  • 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


  • Computer-aid design (CAD) software tools experience

Required computer skills

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)


  • Bachelor’s degree (BS) in engineering, physics, or mathematics from an accredited institution and 10-plus years of relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience

Special remarks regarding work environment

  • Travel estimated to be approximately 10% or less

  • Position is based in Mojave, CA

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