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Lead Structural Engineer

Company: Space Perspective
Location: Houston
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

Spaceship Neptune Lead Structures Engineer - Job Description
NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, USA
Open to hiring in Houston, Los Angeles, & Denver.
Space Perspective is founded to make meaningful human flight to the edge of space accessible on an unprecedented scale. Spaceflight and astronomy have enabled what are among the most significant changes in humanity's self-perception, knowing our place in this universe, Carl Sagan's iconic pale blue dot, the space perspective. Few endeavors are more meaningful than making travel to the edge of space safely accessible to millions of people from every walk of life. By all accounts, the multifaceted, transformative experience of seeing the limb of the earth and atmosphere from space is stunningly beautiful, stark, and profoundly moving.Fly to the edge of space. Everyone on the core development team (forming now) will have the opportunity to fly in Spaceship Neptune. LEAD STRUCTURES ENGINEERThe Lead Structures Engineer is an integral part of the design and development team specifically leading the analysis, design and implementation of the capsule primary structure and windows. From concept generation through detailed analysis, development testing, build, and qualification of the Neptune capsule primary structure. The person leading structural design works with the entire engineering team to develop the optimal overall solution. Responsibilities include analysis, trades, design, ground support equipment, manufacturing, test, integration, maintenance, and inspection planning. Ultimately the position includes testing, development flights, support for commercial operation, continuous improvement and developing the next generation of vehicles.


  • A member of the design team with emphasis on practical design for manufacturability and operability.
  • Perform structural analysis, including modal, static, loads generation, and provide feedback into maturing designs.
  • Support design, configuration, layout, and mass properties analyses
  • Develop first-order and detailed structural models
  • Support testing, integration, and flight readiness reviews.
  • Resolve product non-conformances and implement root cause corrective actions-- Develop and document required analysis processes.
    • Lead your design reviews internally and participate in reviews with colleagues and suppliers
    • Ownership of your product delivery timeline through conception, design, integration, launch and recovery.
    • Exemplify technical excellence and be accountable for your own work
      • Ability to work well in an integrated, fast-paced, dynamic collaborative team environment.
      • Demonstrated experience working in a highly adaptive and iterative environment.
      • Passion for hands on work including manufacturing, vehicle launch, flight, and recovery operations.
      • Ability to utilize the full spectrum of iterative development, rapid prototyping, design, analysis, test, and manufacturing techniques.
      • Working knowledge of structural design criteria including strength, stability, and fatigue
      • 1-3 years of experience with spacecraft or aircraft structures design
      • 1-3 years of experience with Finite Element Modeling and Postprocessing (FEMAP) or equivalent finite element modeling package
      • Bachelor's degree or equivalent-- Demonstrate clear communication and organizational skills.
        • Organizational skills in managing multiple projects while contributing to others
        • Practical experience in a complex operational environment
          • Hands-on project experience, preferably as a team or sub-system team lead
          • Experience with both spacecraft and boat manufacturing and design.
          • Composite and metallic structure design and analysis
          • Demonstrated experience working in a highly adaptive and iterative environment.
          • 8+ years of relevant professional experience.
          • 4+ years of hands-on project experience with relevant structures, preferably as a lead.
          • Exceptional written and verbal communication with an emphasis on interpersonal and organizational skills
          • Master's degree or equivalent experience in an engineering discipline
            • Willing to work long hours and weekends as needed
            • Ability to travel as needed
            • Ability to pass NASA background checks for Cape Canaveral
              To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) as well as obtain an unescorted badge for NASA KSC, 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.
              Space Perspective is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Space Perspective is governed on the basis of 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.

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