Systems Engineer - Safety Official

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The Company

Astra’s mission is to improve life on Earth from space by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Astra delivered its first commercial payload into Earth orbit in 2021, making it the fastest company in history to reach this milestone, just five years after it was founded in 2016. By achieving monthly, then weekly, then daily launch, we'll create the infrastructure services our customers need in space to build a healthier and more connected planet. If you're excited by a sense of possibility, the chance to innovate, and make a difference here on Earth, we think you should work here too.

The Company

Astra is on a mission to improve life on Earth from space. Astra’s first flight to space was within 4 years of its inception, making it the fastest company to reach space. By achieving monthly, then weekly, then daily launch, we'll create the infrastructure services our customers need in space to build a healthier and more connected planet. If you're excited by a sense of possibility, the chance to innovate, and make a difference here on Earth, we think you should work here too.

The Team

Astra leads the industry in applying agile iterative development to space launch systems.  Astra’s System Engineering team is at the center of this process: orchestrating the technical details for our current and future rockets, engaging in immediate and long-term analysis to determine what rockets to build and when, managing all requirements across the entire company, supporting critical launch operations and leading high-level engineering reviews. We work in close collaboration with a wide spectrum of stakeholders both inside and outside of Astra, delivering answers bound by physics and engineering. Our input is vital to making sure we are building the right thing.

The Opportunity

The Astra Safety Official is responsible for the overall safety, user compliance, and standardization of Astra Launch System operations for Spaceport Range operations.   This role is one of the most diverse positions in a launch company since you get to work with all engineering disciplines, operations, customers, and external agencies using system safety engineering principles to ensure the rocket, support equipment, and operations are executed in a safe manner. Duties include but are not limited to:


  • Development and execution of Astra flight safety policies and procedures
  • Ensuring safety system compliance and standardization
  • Understanding of Launch vehicle and subsystem designs and details
  • Work with engineering to incorporate safety requirements into the designs
  • Performing task required to receive authorization to launch from internal and external agencies
  • Performing operations safety analyses to ensure the safety of the public, ground crews for rocket systems, ground support equipment, and operations
  • You will be responsible for leading, supporting, and executing meetings to negotiate requirements with several agencies
  • Work closely with Mission Managers to coordinate customer requirements and operations
  • Participate in Technical Review Boards of customers’ proposed Mission configurations and operations
  • Lead, manage, and support meetings with Launch Sites, Range Safety, and Government agencies (FAA, NOAA, FCC)
  • Ensuring ground and flight safety of operations and conducting safety inspections
  • Monitor operations for compliance to safety and licensing conditions with go/nogo authority for flight operations
  • Perform the role of the Safety Official for launch campaigns as a final go/no/go to launch

How You'll Fulfill Your Mission

  • Partner: with our Launch Licensing, Mission Management and Launch Operations teams to develop and execute safety official duties that will make a difference in how Astra operates and give your perspective on how we should safely operate our systems
  • Build: the safety analyses and documentation that will enable safe launch operations
  • Collaborate: across the Engineering, Manufacturing, Launch Licensing, Mission Management and Launch Operations organizations to ensure our product integrates and meets the design Intent for launch licensing
  • Develop: Create and oversee processes and training that will enable Astra to stay disciplined in safe launch operations

Why We Value You

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience as a Launch vehicle or Aviation Safety Officer
  • Familiarity with state and federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standards
  • Capable of solving complex problems with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team
  • Experience working with licensing requirements (CFR 413/415/417/420/440/450, AFSPC 91-710. RCC 319/324)
  • Experience working with military and commercial ranges, FAA AST, ATC, USCG
  • Experience with preparing and presenting plans, procedures and documentation (Flight Safety Analysis Report, Flight Safety Plan, etc.) and how these analysis/documents satisfy the launch license requirements
  • Possess the ability to communicate with all levels of personnel and leadership
  • Working knowledge of ITAR and proprietary documentation

Desired Multipliers

  • Pilot qualifications (FAA or military)
  • Experience with the FAA AST and federal launch ranges
  • Program or Project Management Experience
  • Experience with Microsoft products, confluence, and scheduling tools for developing documentation
  • Working knowledge with Environmental Assessments
  • Working knowledge with Emergency and Mishap Response

ITAR Requirements: This position requires compliance with U.S. Government space technology  trade restrictions, specifically the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and additional regulations governing satellite, launch vehicle, missile, and other related technologies.  All jobs restricted by these regulations will be contingent upon the applicant’s status as a documented U.S. Person or their ability to receive a trade license from the cognizant government agency; in addition to any required company background checks and in compliance with applicable U.S. and California laws.  Similarly, positions requiring the ability to work on government contracts or a security clearance are also contingent upon the applicants ability to receive the appropriate clearance and be allowed to work on U.S. government contracts.

You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Astra, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

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

Posted 15d ago

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