Launch Operations Engineer

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ground support
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Company Overview:

Relativity is the first and only company to automate aerospace manufacturing by integrating intelligent robotics, software, and proprietary metal 3D printing technology. Disrupting 60 years of aerospace, Relativity offers a radically simplified supply chain, building a   rocket with 100x fewer parts in less than 60 days. Our long-term goal is to upgrade humanity’s industrial base on Earth and on Mars.


Relativity is seeking a Launch Operations Engineer to join a rapidly growing space startup. The Launch Operations Engineer will work with a team of engineers, technicians, and other support personnel to develop procedures and automation to run integrated pad and vehicle tests on the Terran-1 and Terran-R launch vehicles.  The Launch Operations Team works closely with several teams across the company to solve flight hardware production, integration, and test challenges. You will be a primary operator in control of pad and vehicle systems during countdown to launch as well as an integral part of propulsion system testing, primary structure testing, and final launch vehicle integration

What you’ll do: 

To be successful in this role, you need to be a self-starter who can thrive in ambiguity, identify problems and quickly resolve them, and provide definition to the previously undefined.  You will set the tone how test and launch operations are run on the vehicle and how issues are addressed.  This position will involve hands on work setting up tests and assembling hardware as well as writing automation and running operations in the control room.  You will become an expert in operating and troubleshooting complicated systems comprised of mechanical hardware, electronic hardware, and software. 

  • Set project timelines and create countdown automation for test and launch of the Terran-1 launch vehicle.

  • Assist in ground software integration efforts at the launch site to support Stage 1 Static Fire testing and first launch of Terran-1 within the first 6 months.

  • Develop strong working relationships with both Engineering and Production teams to ensure all company objectives can be met.

  • Become a system level expert in Pad Fluid systems operation, electronic ground support equipment, and launch vehicle control.

  • Leverage software and automation to rapidly integrate, test, and fly flight hardware

  • Willing and able to travel up to 25% of the time.

  • This position is based out of Cape Canaveral, FL and provides opportunities for travel to Long Beach, CA and Stennis Space Center, MS to support production and test milestones.

What you need to know:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related Engineering field (Electrical, Computer, Software, Aerospace) or Computer Science
  • Intermediate experience with Object Oriented Programming (OOP) languages
  • Basic experience dealing with software configuration management software (such as GIT)
  • Knowledge of complex aerospace hardware testing processes
  • Hands on experience with test operations
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills


Nice to haves but not required:  

  • 2+ years of experience planning and conducting hardware-critical operations
  • 2+ years of experience supporting fast pace and rapidly changing operational environments
  • Working knowledge of rocket subsystems including structures, mechanisms, high pressure fluids systems, and avionics
  • Ability to learn new skills, programming languages, and applications quickly
  • Python application development experience
  • Experience in propulsion and structural test stand design and manufacturing
  • Experience authoring work instructions and/or test procedures to build and checkout interdisciplinary integrated assemblies
  • Experience developing user interfaces for manufacturing and test execution
  • Experience creating automation application that supports operators in the loop
  • Experience interfacing with design engineering, manufacturing, and production personnel
  • New product introduction of an aerospace hardware system into a manufacturing, test, and production system with proven success

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend and more!


United States, Cape Canaveral, FL

Posted 12d ago

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