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Mission Design Engineer

Company: Firefly Aerospace
Location: Cedar Park
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


Come be a part of the 21st Century Space Race. At Firefly, we are focused on the leading edge of space systems progression. Our company is committed to providing economical and convenient access to space for small payloads through the design, manufacture, and operation of reliable launch vehicles and spacecraft. To get there, we are looking for incredibly passionate, bright, and determined people to join our team.


Firefly Mission Design Engineers leverage their technical expertise to design and execute orbital launch missions. You will work alongside the Firefly GN&C team in a small, collaborative group in carrying out Firefly missions from initial inception to day-of-launch operations.


  • Optimize and design flight profiles for Firefly launch vehicles to satisfy a range of mission requirements
  • Perform trajectory analysis and present results to Firefly engineers and customers
  • Support testing in advance of missions and day-of-launch console operations
  • Generate payload performance estimates for Firefly launch vehicles
  • Advance the state-of-the-art of Firefly simulation and trajectory analysis capabilities
  • Perform trajectory analysis and generate documentation in support of Firefly launch licensing
  • Create software-based tools to automate analysis and testing task



  • Bachelors degree in engineering or physics
  • 4+ years of experience performing trajectory or mission design for aerospace systems
  • Strong understanding of first principals in dynamics, orbital mechanics, control systems, and estimation
  • Experience with software development in C/C++ and Python


  • Masters degree in engineering or physics
  • Familiarity using Git version control and working in a Linux operating system
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Capability to operate in a fast-paced and collaborative environment

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Firefly Aerospace, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Firefly is governed based on merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Keywords: Firefly Aerospace, Cedar Park , Mission Design Engineer, Other , Cedar Park, Texas

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