Data Systems Engineer (747)

Engineering Mojave, California


Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Position Summary

Stratolaunch is a technology accelerator that engineers operationally realistic testing at Mach 5+. Our air-launched, Talon testbeds are reusable, cost-effective platforms that enable routine access to the hypersonic environment. We deliver flight data critical to validating system performance and achieving rapid technology deployment. Together with our customers, we drive innovations that are imperative to advancing national security.     


To help achieve these efforts, Stratolaunch is seeking a Sr-, Staff-, or Principal-level Data Systems Engineer to develop the 747 Carrier Aircraft Platform for future launch customers & missions. As a 747 Carrier Aircraft Data System Engineer, you will contribute to a small team. This position will focus on architecture modification, design implementation, completion, integration, and testing of the data system in multiple test ranges.      



  • Contribute to data & telemetry system architecture, testing, & operation for local and extended range missions.
  • Support flight operations by ensuring data system assets are prepared for flight test.
  • Support the selection, purchase, and electrical design for new sensors, computers, aircraft LRUs, and other equipment.
  • Manage and configure the aircraft instrumentation system to provide real time data for mission monitoring as well as logged data for post-flight analysis
  • Develop and maintain software tools as required, including configuration management, simulation, deployment, and analysis tools.
  • Develop and support telemetry, network, & data tests as required.
  • Support integration testing such as power checks, sensor calibration, and equipment checkout
  • Collaborate with design engineers, network engineers, and technicians as required to accomplish goals.
  • Prepare data system material to present at design reviews and flight readiness reviews and in post operation reviews.
  • Travel, as needed, to support the company.
  • Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity, and fulfillment of commitments



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility 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.     

Required Qualifications:     

  • Experience in Data, Telemetry, or Network engineering in an operational or regulated test environment.
  • Experience with Ethernet networking and familiarity with TCP, UDP, multicasting, etc.
  • Experience with integrating data acquisition instrumentation (Analog, discrete, and digital protocols such as ARINC 429, etc) from distributed systems with mission control software.
  • Knowledgeable with RF devices such as transmitters, receivers, encoders/decoders, or similar
  • Knowledge of data acquisition systems and dataloggers
  • Experience writing system requirements
  • Excellent written & verbal communication
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:     

  • Flight test program instrumentation or control system experience.
  • Aircraft and/or launch vehicle development experience
  • Experience with configuring and monitoring RF telemetry components for end-to-end testing (encode, transmit, receive, decode)
  • Knowledge of IRIG 106 CH4, Ch 10, CH 7 or other telemetry standards
  • Hands-on aircraft build, piloting, and flight test experience
  • Experience with requirements management tools such as JAMA
  • MCC Console experience
  • Active TS/SCI security clearance

Required Computer Skills:     

  • Expertise with at least one programming languages, including but not limited to C/C++/C#, Python
  • Experience with continuous integration toolchains such as Jenkins or Bamboo
  • Experience with source control systems such as git
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Visio) 

Preferred Computer Skills:     

  • Experience with relational, document and time-series databases
  • Experience with Curtiss-Wright or Safran Data Acquisition Units
  • Experience using UEI programmable automation controllers
  • Experience with NI LabVIEW and NI DAQmx



  • Sr Level ($102,000-$148,000): Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 5-10 years of engineering experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Staff Level ($128,500-$186,400): Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 10-20 years of engineering experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Principal Level ($161,000-$233,500): Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 20+ years of engineering experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience


Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable     

  • This position is located in Mojave, CA, though position allows for partial remote/on-site work with 75%  minimal on-site time
  • Travel estimated to be <30% in support of the program


Benefits and our location:      

  • Relocation eligible to local area – Mojave, CA
  • 9/80 schedule
  • Healthcare (medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs)
  • Paid Maternity and Parental Leave
  • 50% company match per contributed dollar into 401(k) savings plan up to the IRS annual limit
  • Tuition reimbursement


Mojave Air & Spaceport is located 95 miles north of Los Angeles. To outsiders it may seem like it is the middle-of-nowhere, but it offers both affordability and central access to a variety of California’s best attractions and landmarks. Hikers will find themselves within a 2-3 hours distance of some of the best state and national parks, including Yosemite and Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Skiers will delight in being closely distanced to world-class resorts at Mammoth Mountain, Mountain High, and Big Bear. Beachgoers can find plenty of sand, sun, and sunsets at both Southern and Central California beaches like Ventura, Huntington, Santa Monica, and Pismo. The area also offers plenty of rural area for off-roading and horseback riding enthusiasts.      


Not much for the outdoors and prefer the city life? You’re within a half day’s drive or less of Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco where you can find a variety of live entertainment, museums, tours, and historical sight-seeing. Theme parks are in abundance, with Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland, and Knotts Berry Farm ready to meet the needs of rollercoaster thrill seekers.      


Food and drink fanatics are in a haven of delectable choices. Wine aficionados will also find easy access to some of the state’s best vino in Paso Robles, Santa Ynez, and even more locally in Tehachapi and Agua Dulce. Beer fanatics will find some of the best West Coast IPAs at Bravery and Lucky Luke’s in Lancaster. Any food option you crave is covered, and we always recommend the authentic and fresh Mexican food that you won’t find anywhere else in the United States.     


Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.  Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.     

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