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Full-Time

Head of Propulsion Engineering

Updated on 6/21/2024

VAST

VAST

51-200 employees

Private space station development for human missions

Hardware

Compensation Overview

$185k - $245kAnnually

+ Equity

Expert

Long Beach, CA, USA

Category
Propulsion
Aerospace Engineering
Required Skills
Data Structures & Algorithms
Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical, Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field
  • 10+ years of experience in designing complex fluid systems for propulsion
  • Proven leadership experience in managing propulsion design teams and cross-functional engineering projects
  • Direct experience as a people manager
Responsibilities
  • Recruit, lead, and mentor a diverse team of engineers and technicians in designing and building propulsion systems, fluid modeling, and testing programs
  • Oversee the design of in-space ethane/nitrous oxide pressure-fed gas thrusters and guide system optimization and trade studies
  • Develop integrated physics models for 2-phase fluid, thermal, pressure, and mass flow to define operating parameters
  • Collaborate with GNC to model thruster use and commodity consumption across mission phases using Monte Carlo simulations
  • Work with the thermal team on the on-orbit thermal environments of propulsion components, including tanks, accumulators, and thrusters
  • Partner with Avionics and Software teams to develop control, telemetry, and propulsion utilization algorithms
  • Track and maintain the schedule for propulsion deliverables and manage multiple development and test programs
  • Work with manufacturing and additive teams to produce propulsion components and manage vendor relationships

Vast is developing Haven-1, the world's first private space station, designed for extended human spaceflight missions and scientific research opportunities, including lunar artificial gravity. The space station is compatible with SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and offers privacy, internet access, and panoramic views of space.

Company Stage

N/A

Total Funding

N/A

Headquarters

Long Beach, California

Founded

2021

Growth & Insights
Headcount

6 month growth

1%

1 year growth

19%

2 year growth

505%