Launch Vehicle Technical Lead
First Stage
Posted on 3/22/2024

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™.
Food & Agriculture

Company Stage


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Alameda, California

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

Alameda, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Research & Development
Space & Rocket Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
  • B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent STEM degree
  • 8+ years of experience in product development and leadership
  • Experience with CAD, drawings, and GD&T
  • Experience with designing parts and choosing the appropriate manufacturing method (including machining, welding, brazing, metal forming)
  • Demonstrated experience leading multi-disciplinary engineering trades
  • Demonstrated Design for Manufacturing and Design for Assembly experience
  • Desire to lead and manage teams on fast-paced hardware and flight projects
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in at least 2 of the following areas: space qualified launch vehicles, propulsion systems, fluid/mechanical systems, avionics, manufacturing, systems engineering, integration, and/or test
  • Ability to lead projects and make solid decisions with incomplete data
  • Expertise in structural design and analysis
  • Thorough understanding of fluid mechanics, heat transfer and thermodynamics
  • Experience with Project Management (Cost & Schedule management)
  • Complete product lifecycle experience (Requirements to Field Operations)
  • Experience interfacing with external customers, subcontractors, suppliers
  • Manage the overall technical execution of launch vehicle system development
  • Lead a team for developing products that will transition to production, manage upgrades/improvements, ensure qualification for flight, and support launch operations
  • Support the early development and definition, lead the design of critical hardware, develop operational plans and procedures, support tooling and fabrication design, manage risks, and work with assembly and operations personnel to test and deliver our systems within schedule and budget
  • Own the overall technical lifecycle of product from development to qualification and production
  • Design authority for launch vehicle stage development and manufacturing process development
  • Design & Analyze flight systems
  • Deliver operational launch vehicle stage systems, on-time and on-budget
  • Support program planning and execution including scope, scheduling, and resource allocation
  • Manage technical risks and opportunities
  • Identify risk, document, communicate, develop mitigation plans and drive to an acceptable level
  • Communicate technical status, critical paths, challenges, and recommended solutions
  • Provide technical oversight and authority for a range of hardware solutions
  • Support requirement decomposition and allocation, systems engineering, technical design, analysis, and verification/validation
  • Manage internal and external interfaces
  • Oversee Issue tickets, drawing release, work orders, and test planning
  • Own design to cost, producibility, and test for the system
  • Partner with Engineering and Product teams to design and develop launch vehicle stage systems
  • Build the designs to meet the customer’s need and inform engineering trades in support of engineering requirements for the launch system
  • Collaborate across the Engineering, Manufacturing, Operations and Product organizations to Integrate and ensure our product integrates and meets the design Intent
  • Create and oversee processes that will enable Astra to stay disciplined in design and development of launch vehicle systems