Aerodynamics Engineer @ Virgin Galactic - Tustin, CA

Job Overview

14 days ago

Aerodynamics Engineer

Virgin Galactic - Tustin, CA

Who we are:

Virgin Galactic www.VirginGalactic.com (SPCE:NYSE) Virgin Galactic recognizes that the answers to many of the challenges we face in sustaining life on our beautiful but fragile planet, lie in making better use of space.

Sending people to space has not only expanded our understanding of science, but taught us amazing things about human ingenuity, physiology and psychology.

From space, we are able to look with a new perspective both outward and back. From space, the borders that are fought over on Earth are arbitrary lines. From space it is clear that there is much more that unites than divides us.

We are at the vanguard of a new industry determined to pioneer twenty-first century spacecraft, which will open space to everybody — and change the world for good.
Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Galactic

If you are looking for a challenging opportunity that will ignite your passion for designing cool and innovative products, are exceptionally creative, are a great problem solver, and can make things happen - apply today!
Your Mission:
Virgin Galactic is seeking an engineer with experience in subsonic, transonic and supersonic aircraft aerodynamics. The candidate will build on existing knowledge of key aircraft systems. The engineer will also support instrumentation planning, mission control preparation, data processing, and model evaluation for flight testing and vehicle envelope expansion.

The Aerodynamics Engineer will be responsible for advancing the engineering for the suborbital spaceplane SpaceShipTwo, Spaceship 3, the mothership Eve, and other special projects. The Aerodynamics Engineer will also be responsible for promoting a culture of continual improvement and quality within the Aerodynamics Team.
  • Design and substantiate operational flight envelopes
  • Substantiate vehicle performance and handling qualities
  • Characterize vehicle aerodynamic environments
  • Support pre-flight preparation including review of test limitations, flight test plans and procedures, flight readiness reviews, mission control room support, and post flight analysis
  • Work with other internal and external engineering groups to ensure proper application of design requirements
  • Support entry into commercial service by ensuring that regulatory and internal company requirements related to performance, handling qualities and general airworthiness are met
  • Develop standardized analysis and reporting tools
  • Perform model updates from data collected during vehicle or component testing and data created with analytical tools
  • Develop and maintain aerodynamic tools and simulation capabilities
  • Develop and maintain test databases representing all mission phases
  • Develop and improve standards, processes, and best practices
  • Determine methods and procedures on new assignments
What you bring:
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, and/or equivalent, with a minimum of 3 years of related experience
  • Fundamentals in subsonic & supersonic aerodynamics
  • Fundamentals of flight mechanics
  • Experience with numerical methods, computational physics, simulation development
  • Working knowledge of aircraft and spacecraft systems
  • Working knowledge of flight dynamics 6DOF trajectory simulations
  • Advanced programming skills: MATLAB, Python, C, C++
  • Proven ability to carry out technical work in an environment with multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent proactive communication (oral, written, presentation), interpersonal, negotiation and organizational skills
  • Ability to successfully complete assigned tasks with a low level of supervision and oversight
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

Preferred Skills and Experience
  • Test planning experience, including flight and ground testing, writing test plans, instrumentation selection and planning, and data verification
  • Test execution experience, including familiarity with standard flight test practices and safety processes
  • Familiarity with relevant aerospace standards and design criteria (FAA, FAA-AST, NASA, MilSpec, etc.)
  • Knowledge of software development best practices like code review and configuration management
  • Working knowledge of FORTRAN, Simulink
  • Experience with Fun3D and Pointwise as well as CATIA V5 and NASTRAN
  • Experience in mission control and console development with IADS.
  • Experience in flight test aerodynamic model validation and correlation
  • Experience with full-vehicle aircraft analysis
  • Experience in other Flight Sciences disciplines

Additional Requirements
  • The position will be based out of our Mojave or Tustin offices with a hybrid remote/onsite schedule.


ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Galactic is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.


As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. teammates, as well as all newly hired employees.
As of October 1, 2021, all new hires must be able to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, ( “fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks have expired since receiving the vaccination’s last dose as recommended by the manufacturer) . If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire.

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