👷 Senior Launch Assurance Engineer

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The Company

We are Astra. Our mission is to launch a new generation of services to connect and improve life on earth. We are a small, highly ambitious team with deep technical expertise who love to build things and relish the idea of a grand challenge. 

We strive to deliver routine access to earth orbit for enterprises launching services powered by small satellites. Building on over a decade of technology development in rocket propulsion, structures, and avionics, we are applying an agile approach to space launch.  

Our headquarters in Alameda, between San Francisco and Oakland, is a sprawling campus supporting full cycle rocket production (e.g. design, manufacturing, test) and mission control. Come thrive at Astra! 

The Team

Astra aims to make Daily Space Delivery possible by being the first company to mass-produce orbital class launch vehicles. This necessitates a unique reliability approach that blends lessons from the automotive and aerospace industries. The Mission Assurance team executes on this vision by driving the highest level of quality in Astra’s design & analysis, supply chain, component manufacture, assembly processes, and test & launch procedures. Our north star is ensuring a successful mission for every one of our customers.

The Opportunity

As a Senior Mission Assurance Engineer, you will partner with leaders across Astra’s engineering, test, launch, and mission management organizations to ensure we are designing and launching a reliable rocket for our customers. You will be intimately involved in the process of launching a rocket from the very beginning to the very end, helping us define product risk, launch & test procedures, and flight success criteria.

At the end of the day, you will have a tangible impact and significant responsibility for our decision to fly the rocket on launch day. You will help us sift through launch & test data, uncover risks, and disposition issues that occur on the launch pad. You will rely on your technical expertise, plus your ability to quickly learn & digest, to tactfully push back when needed and ensure that we are always making the “right” decision.

You will help us establish processes that put quality first and ensure that we are setting ourselves up for success in a mass-production environment. Astra will be the first company to produce and launch hundreds of rockets, and doing so will require a commitment to reliability and continuous improvement – a culture which you will help to create, and drive, across the company.

You will be part of the initial team that defines how we “do” reliability engineering at Astra, evaluating important trades that weigh improved reliability, development timelines, and cost. You will bring a data-driven perspective to critical questions that will shape the future of the business. 

How You’ll Fulfill Your Mission

  • Excellence: serve as the champion for reliability in the launch setting; drive the completion of high-quality test & launch procedures, and review and approve dispositions for non-conformances that occur during launch operations.
  • Investigate: close the loop on failures that occur in test, launch operations, and flight by performing root cause analyses, creating corrective action plans, and driving plans to closure; ensure we never make the same mistake twice.
  • Assess: drive the company's overall product risk management process; identify risks stemming from gaps in our test & pre-launch procedures; triage these risks to achieve the highest risk reduction with the most effective use of resources.
  • Question: use your confidence and technical competency to tactfully push back on your peers and company leaders; ensure we are always asking the right questions and are making data-driven decisions that position mission assurance as a top priority.
  • Strategize: help us transition from development to full-rate production by establishing reliability processes and quality documentation that will result in the highest success rate for our vehicles. Re-think how we do risk assessment, anomaly resolution, and more.

Why We Value You

  • You partner seamlessly with engineering, test, launch, and mission management teams, including with test and launch technicians
  • You are eager to jump in & learn how we test and fly our rocket, and bring skills and knowledge that will help us do it better
  • You ask insightful questions and are excited to explore problems that are several layers deep – a champion of the “5-Why” approach to problem solving, never content with the surface-level answer
  • You help us anticipate issues that haven’t occurred yet, using frameworks such as Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • You have strong critical-thinking skills combined with the ability to break down complex technical problems into their digestible component parts
  • You have an attention to detail and a passion for being complete, thorough, and comprehensive
  • You have the professional self-esteem and confidence to “push back” on peers and executives when necessary – even when it could mean delaying a launch
  • You are an energetic individual with excellent communication skills (written and oral) and can distill complex concepts to a lay-person

Desired Multipliers

  • 4+ years of experience as a systems engineer, reliability engineer, and/or quality engineer
  • Previous experience in an industry with stringent reliability requirements (automotive, aerospace, medical, etc.)
  • Previous experience with high-performance metallic structures, fluid systems, electronic assemblies, and/or control software (more than one is ideal)
  • Previous experience with launch vehicles or spacecraft
  • Knowledgeable about acceptance testing and risk assessment

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

© Astra Space Inc. All rights reserved, Astra is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We encourage people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply.

San Francisco Applicants: Astra will consider applicants with arrest and conviction records (criminal histories) in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.



United States, Alameda, CA, United States

Posted a month ago