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Stratolaunch, LLC Simulation Engineer - Carrier Aircraft 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 Simulink Applications Engineer to complete the development of the Stratolaunch System Simulator. This position also includes the path to leading the simulation of other segments of the Stratolaunch architecture, which could include airborne support equipment, launch vehicles, and ground elements.

As a Simulink Applications Engineer , you will be responsible for assisting in the development of the carrier aircraft flight Simulator. You are responsible for the design, development, meeting requirements, performing verification activities, and test execution for the Simulator. The Simulator will support further development of the carrier aircraft, flight crew training, and mission operations training. You must be comfortable with component/system development and integration, including numerical modeling of the aircraft and its systems, creation of real-time software and software/hardware integration with the simulator cab and flight hardware. This position will include evaluation of a broad range of technical data. Position will provide technical leadership for Stratolaunch. Candidates must have an aerospace development background and relevant experience in aerospace systems integration.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Support the simulator development, including working with current systems and new developments

  • Support mission control and flight crew training

  • Support updating the Simulation models based on flight test data

  • Support development of engineering requirements derived from flight crew interaction with the simulated flight environment

  • Support aircraft avionics technology development including developing the requirements, capabilities, and implementing flight software and hardware in a simulation environment

  • Support requirement verification activities in the flight dynamics, aircraft performance, flight controls, GNC, Avionics, and Flight Software engineering disciplines

  • Support test procedure development and test execution

  • Contribute to aerospace systems integration with interface and requirements development

  • Develop engineering tools, as needed, to complete engineering tasks associated with the Simulators.

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

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

  • Regular and comprehensive communication to Engineering leadership on a weekly 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: aerospace engineering, including aircraft flight dynamics and numerical modeling; real-time software development; electrical engineering; avionics; aircraft and/or launch vehicle integration; simulation environments (SIL, HIL)

  • 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 and/or launch vehicle development experience

  • Experience with government agencies

  • Experience with air-launch programs

  • Simulink Experience (10+ years)

Required Computer Skills

  • Engineering software tools MATLAB, Simulink, C++, and FortranMS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)

  • Configuration management systems


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

Special Remarks

  • 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