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Stratolaunch, LLC Sr. Software Engineer in Mojave, California

Position Summary

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 efforts, Stratolaunch needs a Sr. Software Engineer to participate in the development and test of the flight control system and embedded systems. You will have ownership of GNC and vehicle subsystem simulation and test capabilities that contribute to the development and flight of the Talon-A hypersonic vehicle. You are responsible for contributing to the development of subsystem models, test plans, integration of models into both software and hardware simulation environments, and verification of flight software against requirements. This position will include evaluation of a broad range of technical data.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Development of truth models of vehicle subsystems and dynamics in Matlab/Simulink

  • Support the development of GNC and embedded system software using a combination of C/C++ and model-based tools

  • Development of Processor-in-the-Loop and Hardware-in-the-Loop simulators

  • Generation of autocode from Matlab/Simulink

  • Integration of autocode with hand code

  • Debugging of integrated flight software and simulation software

  • Development of test plans and scripts for automated testing, per defined requirements

  • Execution of software on target hardware

  • Support and execute test events in the simulator and on the vehicle

  • Conduct bench tests of flight hardware, including INS, IMU, actuation, and flight computer subsystems

  • Verify proper data transfer between hardware components via multiple communication protocols (RS-422, ethernet, discrete, analog, etc.)

  • Regular and comprehensive communication to the Vehicle Management System Lead

  • 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.


  • Must demonstrate the ability to perform combinations of the Essential Responsibilities

  • Highly skilled in Matlab & Simulink tools

  • Highly skilled in software debugging

  • Experience with simulator development

  • Familiar with hardware necessary to execute and test software

  • Fundamental understanding of flight dynamics and aircraft systems

  • Ability to communicate technical challenges and guidance to varied audiences to explain rationale and/or resolve concerns

  • Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities


  • Hardware in the loop simulator development experience

  • Aircraft, missile, and/or launch vehicle ground or flight test experience

  • Aircraft, missile, and/or launch vehicle development experience

  • Development or test of GNC algorithms

  • Dynamic system modeling of fixed wing, missile, and/or hypersonic vehicles

  • Requirements development: design, implementation, integration, test, & post-flight analysis

  • Familiarity with concurrent real-time simulation tools

  • Security clearance


  • 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 <5%

  • 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