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Launch Engineer
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Virgin Galactic | Long Beach, CA
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Job Description


Virgin Galactic www.VirginGalactic.com is on track to become the world's first privately funded commercial space line. It is dedicated to becoming a world leader in sub-orbital commercial space tourism with a longer term vision to develop other space technologies that have the potential to open space to significantly more people and users. If you are looking for a challenging opportunity that will ignite your passion for designing cool and innovative products, are exceptionally creative, are a great problem solver and can make things happen - apply today!

Position Summary
Virgin Galactic (VG) www.VirginGalactic.com is seeking a recent engineering graduate to participate in the design, analysis, fabrication, integration, and testing, of launch systems and operations for an air launched rocket. Launch Systems include Ground Support Equipment (GSE) consisting of Liquid Oxygen, Rocket Propellant 1, Helium, Nitrogen, and Payload Air Conditioning systems with their associated command and control. Launch systems also include telemetry sites capable of real-time distribution of vehicle data, the launch control room, and Mechanical GSE for all handling operations.
This is a full-time position at Virgin Galactic's aerospace facility in Long Beach, California.


Design, build, and operate Ground Support Equipment for Lox, RP-1, helium, and GN2. Develop a command and control system for autonomous propellant and gas loading. Create in-flight telemetry screens for ground monitoring. Plan and coordinate ground station coverage. Review test/flight data and compare to predictions. Lead or contribute to anomaly resolutions as needed. Management of subcontractors. Assist in the development of integration and launch processes and procedures. Write test procedures, launch procedures, and autosequences. Launch and mission operations support. Act as test conductor during support equipment operations. The ideal candidate will also be a vehicle operator during launches


Basic Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or in "STEM" Majors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Relevant experience during internships or thesis work, or several years of relevant full time experience. Excellent verbal and written communication skills Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills Strong team player Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Preferred Skills and Experience
Ability to perform detailed design of support equipment (mechanical, electrical, electronic, and/or fluids). Familiarity with process and instrumentation diagrams. Experience with generating and executing test plans. Experience as a test conductor during vehicle powered-on internal checkouts, at test consoles during hardware in the loop tests or comprehensive system tests. Integration and launch are one team. The ideal candidate will be able to support launch operations and be part of the launch team. Experience in low cost commercial space system ventures Experience with handling and transportation of unique project hardware. Experience with vehicle-level integration, test, and launch operations of flight hardware. Experience with pressurized systems, procedures, and best practices. General knowledge of data acquisition systems and electrical harnessing. Familiarity with LabView.
*The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.

Physical and/or Additional Requirements
Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed. Must be able to stand for extended periods - 8 hours min. Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces. Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted). Travel to Mojave and other launch sites to support test campaigns and launch campaigns is likely.
ITAR Requirements
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Personal Requirements
The Virgin Galactic organization has a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation. You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic. Company culture is such that you need to be able to "check your ego at the door," be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility. You will work well under commercial pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility. You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.

Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Galactic 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, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.


About Virgin Galactic

Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. is a provider of wireless communications services, offering prepaid services and postpaid services targeted at the youth market. The Company's voice and data plans allow its customers to talk, use text messaging, picture messaging, e-mail and instant messaging on a per usage basis or according to the terms of its monthly hybrid plans. As of December 31, 2008, it served approximately 5.4 million customers (including Helio customers). The Company primarily focuses on wireless consumers who use 200 to 1,000 minutes per month. The Company provides its services using the nationwide Sprint PCS network. The Company offers a range of products and services, such as voice services, data services, handsets and Virgin Mobile Sugar Mama. The Company holds exclusive rights to use the Virgin Mobile brand for mobile voice and data services in the United States, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands through its trademark license agreement with the Virgin Group. (Source: 10-K)