GNC Engineer - Trajectory

Job Ref: 2711989123 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

Rocket Lab’s mission is to revolutionize the way we access space. We develop and launch advanced rockets to put small payloads into orbit more frequently, at a fraction of the cost of cumbersome traditional launch services. We are ushering in a new era of unprecedented access to space.
Small satellites have a crucial role to play in improving understanding of our planet and humanity’s impact on it. Rocket Lab’s lightweight carbon composite Electron launch vehicle is designed to give these satellites dedicated launches and flexible orbit options. From real-time earth imaging and improved natural disaster prediction, to crop management and global internet, improved access to space enables us to take informed, deliberate steps in the management of our planet.
On May 25 2017, Electron made history as the first orbital-class launch vehicle to reach space from a private launch facility. It marked a significant milestone in eliminating commercial barriers and opening space for business.
The role of GNC Engineer – Trajectory is a newly created role which will see you taking carrying out trajectory and vehicle optimizations of the Electron Launch Vehicle.

Two key areas of focus for the GNC Engineer – Trajectory are:-
  • Trajectory Optimization & Mission Design
  • GNC R&D / Support
Minimum requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Electronic Engineering or Mechatronics or equivalent qualification
  • 1+ years’ professional experience with launcher trajectory optimization using ASTOS
  • 1+ years’ professional experience with general aerospace mission design
  • A thorough fundamental understanding of 3DOF rocket dynamics
  • Experience with scripting in Python / MATLAB
  • Experience with software development in Python, C++/C

For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant.  These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States’ International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality. For more information on these Regulations, click here.

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