Mobile Range Lead

Aerospace Seattle, Washington


A senior leader is needed by Stratolaunch to manage a complex system development within the larger program. Position requires technical expertise and sub-contractor management. Candidates must have strong project management ability, ability to decompose complex problems into smaller tasks, and relevant experience in Aerospace systems development.

  • Manage the development, implementation, testing and integration of the Mobile range architecture
  • Lead development of the Mobile range safety architecture, including obtaining approval from the applicable government agencies
  • Coordinate the engineering and project activities between specialties within the product team and external contractors
  • Establish and manage cost, schedule, and performance for the Mobile range development and operation
    • Includes development of the work break down system
    • Includes identification of resources and staffing commensurate with program and company financial objectives
    • Evaluate risks and risk mitigation plans to determine if the risks are appropriate and risk mitigations are adequate
  • Implement the communication design required for Mobile range functionality
  • Lead the electrical integration of the Mobile range, including leadership of hardware development
  • Contribute to development of the launch license material
  • Tailor regulatory requirements to enable the Mobile range architecture
  • Contribute to interface development between the carrier aircraft and payloads
  • Contribute to development of support equipment to enable the Mobile range capability
  • Lead development of the mission control room
  • Provide control room systems engineering support, during real time mission operations, to monitor systems performance and recommend corrective actions on concerns
  • Coordinate post flight data analysis functions, including continued development of system health monitoring and reliability data for more established systems
  • Analyze and approve technical data for various projects
    • Includes subsystem and component designs
    • System analyses
    • Test and operations plans
    • Repair manuals. May author portions as appropriate
    • Approve and/or review disposition for component removals and replacements
    • Author and/or approve anomaly troubleshooting dispositions
    • Author and/or approve Work Instructions/Engineering Reports
    • Develop and remain technical authority for assigned Flight Rules, Launch Commit Criteria, and Minimum Equipment List (MEL) items, and how they interact with other aircraft systems
  • Regular and comprehensive communication to the Executive Director on a weekly and monthly basis
    • Contribute to the integration of complex aerospace systems
    • Travel, as needed, to support the range development
  • Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity and fulfillment of commitments
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Knowledge, experience, skill, and/or ability
  • Ability to solve complex challenges without significant oversight
  • Experience with communication systems and design, including but not limited to: radar, satellite communications, telemetry data/streams
  • Experience with avionics and electronic integration and experience with telemetry data
  • Experience with ground networking systems and design
  • Experience with flight safety of orbital launch systems, including flight rules and termination control systems
  • Experience with obtaining a launch license and/or creating the set of materials for range launch approval
  • Knowledge and experience with the Eastern and Western test ranges
  • Experience with government agency safety and regulatory approvals for launch licenses
  • Ability to understand complex challenges and decompose the challenges into smaller subsets for specific focus and/or delegation
  • Strong facilitation skills and ability to communicate (verbal and written) effectively to varied audiences to gain support or resolve concerns
  • Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals
  • Complex aerospace system development
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities
  • Experience managing contractors
  • Must be motivated to innovate and improve the existing range functionalities by developing effective solutions (technological, architectural, or process)
  • Autonomous flight termination system experience
  • Launch vehicle development experience
  • Experienced working at any of the launch ranges or spaceports
    • Eastern (Kennedy / 45th SW – Patrick AFB)
    • Western (Vandenberg AFB)
    • Wallops Flight Facility
    • Kodiak Alaska Test Range
    • Reagan Test Range (Kwajalein)
    • Space Florida
    • Cecil Spaceport
    • Mojave Spaceport
    • Las Cruces Spaceport
    • Security clearance 
Required computer skills:
  • Engineering software tools
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Requirements management tools
  • MS Project
  • Configuration management systems
  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from accredited institution and 10 plus years relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5+ Years of successful aerospace project engineering management experience, managing complex programs
  • Ground and flight testing experience of new aircraft systems is desirable.
  • Experience with weather monitoring or prediction systems is desirable
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)
Special remarks regarding work environment:
  • Travel estimated to be approximately 25%
  • Position is based in Seattle, WA