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Stratolaunch, LLC Sr. Aerodynamics Engineer in Mojave, California

Position Summary

Stratolaunch is developing hypersonic vehicles to support various Department of Defense and commercial applications. Stratolaunch seeks an Senior Aerodynamics Performance Engineer to support the conceptual design and aerodynamic analyses of hypersonic vehicles. Candidates must have a strong aerodynamics background, preferably with experience in hypersonic. Experience with aerospace vehicle design and aerodynamic/performance analyses across the speed range from subsonic to hypersonic, is highly desired.

As an Aerodynamics Performance Engineer, you will contribute to a small hypersonic advanced design team, where you will contribute to the aerodynamic design of current and future Stratolaunch hypersonic vehicles. Your tasking may include conceptual design trade studies, detailed design tasks, and the development of analytical tools to support the team.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Perform vehicle trajectory analysis and optimization on current and future vehicle.

  • Perform analytical and numerical analyses to evaluate the aerodynamics, performance, and stability & control of hypersonic vehicles.

  • Develop aerodynamic models for a variety of hypersonic vehicle configurations.

  • Contribute to development of aerodynamic databases using analytical, numerical, ground and flight test data.

  • Contribute to flight performance simulations through modeling and/or aerodynamic analyses.

  • Develop advanced design tools, as required.

  • Help resolve technical challenges, as required.

  • Contribute to the integration of complex aerospace systems.

  • Support the preparation of business proposals to the US Government and industry.

  • 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 aerodynamics, performance, stability & control, and aerospace vehicle design.

  • Experience with trajectory optimization analysis tools

  • Experience with subsonic, transonic, and supersonic theory and analyses.

  • Experience with supersonic vehicle development and/or test.

  • 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.

  • Ability to obtain a security clearance at the TS/SCI level.


  • Experience with hypersonic aerodynamic theory and analysis

  • Experience with hypersonic vehicle development and/or test

  • Proficient in lofting vehicle shapes

  • Experience with computer-aid design (CAD) software tools

  • Experience with computational fluid dynamics (CFD)

  • Active security clearance

Required computer skills

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

  • Relevant aerodynamic analysis tools


  • Bachelor’s degree (BS) in engineering, physics, or mathematics from an accredited institution and 5-plus years of relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special remarks

  • $119,500-$155,000

  • 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