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Principal Aerodynamics Engineer


seeking an experienced cross-disciplinary engineer with experiences in aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, and thermal analysis to provide technical leadership and mentorship to the Aerodynamics team.  The candidate will build on an intimate knowledge of all aircraft systems and have the ability to support current programs and extend our tools to conduct trade studies for new project initiatives. 


Your Mission

  • Provide technical leadership for the Aerodynamics group.
  • Lead development of Aerodynamic requirements for WK2, SS2 and other vehicles based on customer requirements.
  • Lead the development of processes to support Aerodynamic analysis
  • Coordinate with ground test and flight test teams to support the qualification of SS2 and WK2 for entry into customer service and lead the creation of test plans to support these activities.
  • Coordinate with management, engineering and other integrated product team staff regarding vehicle design, analysis and testing.
  • Provides technical mentoring to junior engineers in all technical areas.
  • Support loads event simulation model development and validation of handling qualities, stability, and control criteria for suborbital space missions
  • Support pre-flight preparation including review of test limitations, flight test plans and procedures, flight readiness reviews, mission control room support, and post flight analysis
  • Works with other engineering groups to ensure proper application of design and P&HQ requirements
  • Supports entry into commercial service by ensuring that regulatory and internal company requirements related to loads are met
  • Develop standardized analysis and reporting tools
  • Perform model updates from data collected during vehicle or component testing and data created with analytical tools
  • Develop and maintain P&HQ databases for use in analysis of WK2 and SS2 during all flight phases
  • Develop and substantiate rational P&HQ criteria and requirements for unique vehicles with unconventional configurations
  • Air Data Experience
  • Selects appropriate methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria to resolve complex engineering issues
  • Anticipates and resolves issues by developing standards and guidelines for diverse engineering activities
  • Ability to problem solve with a balance of technical product, cost, and schedule
  • Determines technical objectives of assignments and makes decisions and recommendations that are recognized as authoritative
  • Maintains current knowledge of developments in the field of specialty and/or other related spacecraft innovations to improve quality and effectiveness of product

What you bring

  • Graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering, and/or equivalent, with minimum of 15 years of experience in aerodynamics development
  • Experiences in wind-tunnel and flight test aerodynamic model validation
  • Experience with full aircraft analysis – transonic required, supersonic and launch vehicle desirable
  • Test plan development and data analysis experience a strong plus
  • Experience in the conduct of flight test, including familiarity with standard flight test practices and safety processes strong plus.
  • Working knowledge of aircraft and space systems and familiarity with relevant aerospace standards (FAA, FAA‐AST etc.)
  • Advanced skills with Linux, Python, Simulink, MATLAB, Fortran, C, C++, and software development best practices.
  • CATIA V5 experience preferred
  • Experience with FUN3D, NSU3D, Pointwise, and/or similar RANS and gridding methods


Job Number: 1810088804
Job Location: Mojave, CA
Duration: 12 months
Input Date: 11/08/2018
Attention: Chad Dunavant
Address: 370 N WESTLAKE BLVD STE 120
City, State: WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA 91362
Phone: 805/418-9862
800 Phone: 866/458-4322
Fax Phone: 805/418-9866

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