Launch Engineer
Posted on 3/18/2023

201-500 employees

Satellite delivery & rocket launch services
Company Overview
Astra’s mission is to Improve Life on Earth from Space® by creating a healthier and more connected plane. Today, Astra offers one of the lowest cost-per-launch dedicated orbital launch services of any operational launch provider in the world, and one of the industry’s first flight-proven electric propulsion systems for satellites, Astra Spacecraft Engine™.
Alameda, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Aerospace Engineering
  • 3+ years of Control Room / Console Experience in either aviation, aerospace, or space tech industries
  • 2+ years experience in a leadership control room / flight testing position
  • Ability to accommodate regular travel to test and launch sites up to 25%
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and lift 50 pounds
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and documenting equipment, including build procedures to run operations safely
  • Experience leading hazardous testing/training and launch operations
  • Ability to read and understand CAD and P&ID drawings
  • Possess an enthusiasm about space, rocketry, and launch operations
  • Excellent technical, analytic, and troubleshooting knowledge witht a penchant for detail
  • Experience in fluidic, mechanical, electrical and logical systems
  • 4-year degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience
  • Safety: is Astra's first priority, and launch involves hazards from cryogenics to heavy lifting. You will predict, monitor and mitigate these hazards in order to minimize risks and prevent injuries
  • Partner: with teams across Astra. Launching a rocket is the culmination of work across the entire company, and you will be expected to coordinate with each team in order to resolve issues, make improvements, and keep us on schedule
  • Design: the equipment, processes and procedures that enable us to launch quickly, safely and reliably
  • Problem solve: development leads to new situations, issues, and trade-offs. You will be expected to attack these problems and devise solutions, usually under significant time and resource constraints
  • Document: the procedures, problems, and results in each phase in the launch process. We only improve when problems are recorded and dissected, and customers are only satisfied by detailed accounting of our processes
Desired Qualifications
  • Highly detailed oriented and passionate about advancing the commercial space industry
  • Master's degree in an engineering discipline
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, autonomously driven start-up environment