Senior Fluid Systems Engineer, Ground Launcher

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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 being founded in 2016. By achieving monthly, weekly, then daily launches, 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

The Launcher Team is a cross-functional group of technicians and engineers working to constantly improve our Ground Support Equipment. We develop the structures necessary to transport and position rocket for launch and provide the systems capable of maintaining strict environmental states within the rocket. Our team touches all aspects of system design from the creation of model fluid systems capable of loading and offloading propellants on the rocket, to ground based rocket battery charging and communication systems and water systems used for fire suppression and flame control. The team also qualifies subsystems by designing and supporting testing operations.

Our modular Launcher system can be packed into a shipping container to be deployed anywhere in the world and assembled in a matter of days.  Launcher gear is specifically designed to enable a high launch cadence, allowing Astra to lead the way to daily access to space for the first time in human history.

The Opportunity

Come join a multidisciplinary team of engineers and technicians providing industry leading solutions for liquid propulsion launch vehicle ground support equipment. As an engineer on this team you will provide the specification, analysis, design, fabrication/procurement, assembly and test of fluid/mechanical systems that support the Launch Operations Team.  This includes but is not limited to all propellant handling functions, inert gas storage and transfer, structural assemblies required to safely transport the launch vehicle from support buildings to the launch pad, the entire launch structure, and all aspects of pad safety/fire suppression.  Emphasis on minimizing cost, enabling rapid deployment schedules, efficient in-field operations and ease of maintenance are key to success. 

This position goes beyond our immediate team as you will also work closely with the the First Stage, Upper Stage, Avionics and Launch Operations Teams.

How you'll help us achieve your mission:

Own entire sub systems of our launcher, with minimal requirements and oversight to create design solutions from initial concept to detailed solid models and released drawing packages including document assembly, maintenance, and operation instructions. Report on schedule and budget as required. 

Design fluidic routing layouts, line-sizing, and source parts for future iterations of the Launcher.

Create qualification testing plans for your system and support execution.

Collaborate with a cross-disciplinary team of system owners including electrical, mechanical, controls, and software engineers to support launch operations; conduct design reviews and implement feedback/obtain stakeholder buy-in and to verify and document cross-team requirements are satisfied.

Why we value you:

  • 5+ years of experience designing, sizing, specifying equipment for, and testing fluid systems
  • Design of Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams
  • Fluid routing in CAD (NX preferred)
  • Experience with low, and high pressure, >6000 PSI, pneumatic and hydraulic systems
  • Experience with cryogenic systems and best practices around expansion joints
  • Experience with industrial valves, reliefs, pumps, fittings, and instrumentation.
  • Knowledge of vendors for all the above equipment.
  • Familiar with ASME B31.3 process piping code
  • Familiar with AWS D10.18 pipe welding code
  • Comfortable with 1-D fluid and thermal analysis to help predict performance and size of system

Desired Multipliers

  • 8+ Years of experience
  • Experience with TEA-TEB and pyrophoric mixtures
  • Familiarity with 91-710 Air Force safety standards
  • NX routing application
  • Experience with FEA thermal and stress analysis (NX Nastran preferred)
  • Drafting and GD&T for fluid systems

Salary and Benefits:

We're competitive in compensation and offer equity as part of the package. We have really good benefits that include health, vision, dental, 401K in comparison to other startups. We offer hot lunch everyday and there's plenty of snacks and drinks to get you through the day. We celebrate our accomplishments and have frequent happy hours.

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.

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.

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 5 months ago

Job offer closed

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