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Stratolaunch, LLC Senior Propulsion Analyst 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.

To achieve these great efforts, Stratolaunch needs a Senior Propulsion Analyst to contribute to the thermal and fluid design aspects of our air-launch platform.

The position will primarily support the development and integration of fluid systems into the Talon-A Vehicles . Additionally, this position will contribute to the development our ground facilities and operations, and integration of the launch vehicles with the carrier aircraft.

As a Senior Propulsion Analyst , you are responsible for assuring the thermal/fluid aspects of the design are represented in the launch vehicle development, facility development, carrier aircraft integration, and the safety and operation of the air-launch vehicles. This position includes evaluation of a broad range of technical data.

Candidates must have strong design and analysis background, with relevant experience in launch vehicles and related systems.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development and integration of fluid systems in launch vehicles

  • Contribute to resolving interfaces of thermal and fluid systems

  • Simulate the thermodynamic and fluid dynamic behavior of launch vehicle fluid systems

  • Develop engineering tools, as needed, to support design analysis and simulation

  • Develop requirements and verification statements for fluid systems

  • Evaluate development risks and risk mitigation plans

  • 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.


  • Demonstrated proficiency in general thermal / fluids design and analysis:

  • Basic heat transfer correlations (internal flow, external flow)

  • Conjugate heat transfer

  • Modeling of liquid flow, gas flow and two-phase flow

  • Modeling of compressible flow using Navier-Stokes equations

  • Modeling of in-compressible flow using Euler’s equations

  • Demonstrated proficiency with fluid transient modeling

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate effectively


  • Experience with development of insulation and thermal protection systems

  • Experience with Computational Fluid Dynamics to model internal flow

  • Experience with Computational Fluid Dynamics to model external air flow (e.g. atmospheric flight)

  • Experience with Finite Element Analysis to simulate thermal stresses and distortions

  • Launch vehicle development experience, including integration of propulsion and vehicle systems

  • Instrumentation and Test experience, including planning, execution, data reduction, and reporting.

Required computer skills

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)

  • Sinda/Fluint or equivalent

  • REFPROP or equivalent

  • Requirements management tools

  • ANSYS or NASTRAN (Desired)

  • CAD and PLM software tools (Desired)


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from accredited institution and 5 plus years of relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special remarks regarding work environment

  • Travel estimated to be approximately 10%

  • 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