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Stratolaunch, LLC Vehicle Management System Lead 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 efforts, Stratolaunch needs a Principal Avionics Engineer to lead the Vehicle Management System developmen t for the high speed vehicle.

This position will lead the design, development, and integration of the Vehicle Management System with the vehicle flight software, flight computer, effectors and vehicle sensors. This includes developing and owning the Vehicle Management System requirements.

This position will provide leadership for the integration of the vehicle management system with the flight controls and avionics hardware teams. This position will be responsible for integrating the sensor inputs with the flight software and ensuring vehicle commands reach the end effectors.

Additionally, this position will lead the integration of the vehicle health monitoring system with the flight computer, contributing to the failure detection scheme and ultimately the flight safety and flight termination system activation.

Finally, this position will lead the planning effort for the verification and validation of the vehicle management system in a hardware environment.

You must be comfortable with component/system development and integration. This position will include evaluation of a broad range of technical data.

Candidates must have an aerospace development background and relevant experience in aerospace systems integration.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and implementation of the vehicle management system for the high speed Stratolaunch vehicle

  • Lead the integration of the vehicle management system with the vehicle flight software and avionics hardware

  • Provide leadership to the flight controls and flight software teams, including personnel management and schedule development

  • Develop and own the vehicle management system requirements

  • Lead the vehicle management system interfaces to the high speed vehicle end effectors

  • Integrate the vehicle health monitoring system, including the integration and activation of the flight safety and flight termination systems

  • Lead the planning for the verification and validation of the vehicle management system

  • Contribute to aerospace systems integration with interface development

  • Develop engineering tools, as needed, to complete their tasking.

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

  • Regular and comprehensive communication to the Hypersonic Chief Engineer on a weekly and monthly 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: Avionics, electrical engineering, Flight software, control theory, flight algorithm development, Avionics hardware development, aircraft and/or launch vehicle integration

  • Experience with aircraft prototype development, including releasing Engineering definition and developing work instructions

  • Experience with aircraft prototype integration and testing

  • Experience with technical aerospace leadership, including working with sub-contractors

  • Experience with test planning and execution

  • Experience with risk management

  • 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

  • Complex aerospace system development

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance

Required Computer Skills

  • Engineering software tools

  • Engineering computing languages (C, C++, Matlab, Simulink, Python)

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)

  • Configuration management systems


  • Aircraft and/or launch vehicle development experience

  • Experience with government agencies

  • Experience with air-launch programs


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 10-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 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