Stratolaunch

Sr. Test Pilot - For more information and to apply please click HERE.

Position Summary

Stratolaunch is developing an air-launch platform to contribute to high-speed research and development. The goal of Stratolaunch is to utilize the capabilities of the Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft and air-launch test vehicles to enable development of technologies that may not exist otherwise. Stratolaunch strives to create technology development opportunities for commercial, philanthropic, and governmental organizations to collect rich and actionable data and drive advancements in science, research, and technology.

As a Test Pilot on the Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft, the world’s largest-wingspan aircraft, you will have the opportunity to accomplish new milestones in aviation. You will provide comprehensive flight test technical support for experimental and developmental aircraft and payload systems development. You should possess extensive experience in developmental flight test, and sound judgment to plan and accomplish program goals safely and effectively. You must establish and maintain effective relationships with colleagues on a small, agile design-to-flight team. Tasks include planning and flying test flights as Pilot in Command (PIC) or Second in Command (SIC); supporting ground tests as Test Conductor, Test Director, or Flight Test Engineer; preparing system test plans and flight test cards; participating in engineering design reviews, simulator evaluations, technical and safety reviews and flight briefings; drafting flight manual and operational guidance and documenting test results. As a key member of the Flight Operations team, you will have an essential role in meeting all Flight Operations objectives. You will be challenged with bringing a unique and complex aircraft from early development to operational use, and proving capabilities for high-speed vehicle launch.

 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as PIC/SIC for the experimental Carrier Aircraft, as well as other aircraft to be used for chase, training, and pacer missions.
  • Write flight test plans, test cards, flight reports, and final test reports
  • Lead and/or participate in system design and design reviews
  • Develop test strategies, test plans and test procedures for aircraft and components
  • Lead and/or participate in ground and flight test events as test crew member or Test Conductor
  • Author and/or update Pilot Operating Handbook and related guidance, to include development of normal and emergency procedures
  • Maintain flying currency and proficiency in multiple different aircraft types
  • Must be able to work in a high stress environment when required

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Pilot graduate of a full course test pilot school (SETP-recognized)
  • Minimum 1,200 hours total PIC flight time, to include at least 500 hours in turbine aircraft
  • Three years of test pilot experience on developmental flight test programs
  • FAA Commercial Multi‐Engine Land pilot certificate, without a centerline thrust restriction
  • FAA Second Class medical certificate
  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, or similar technical foundation to support aircraft design
  • Be independent and motivated; able to self‐direct and manage time effectively
  • Be able to work irregular hours and work days, and travel periodically
  • Be knowledgeable of applicable Federal Aviation Regulations for flight operations and aircraft certification
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess or be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance
  • United States citizenship
  • Must have the ability to work in cramped, confined cockpit environments in both hot and cold environments for up to 8 hours with limited movement. Must have the ability to operate cockpit flight controls with up to 150 lbs. of rudder forces, elevator forces up to 120 lbs., and aileron forces up to 90 lbs. Must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as instructed, to include flight helmet, oxygen mask and backpack parachute, and have the ability to egress cockpit area up to 10 feet off the ground via rope.

 

HIGHLY DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • FAA Airline Transport Rating (ATP), or additional FAA type ratings and experience in multi-engine, non-centerline thrust aircraft
  • Possess FAA high altitude endorsement or equivalent military training
  • Experience as pilot in heavy multi-engine turbine aircraft
  • Six years of relevant experience on developmental flight test programs
  • Experience with external stores carriage and separation flight tests
  • Master’s Degree in engineering or related technical field
  • Previous experience with advanced flight controls or autonomous aircraft development
  • Previous experience with experimental or modified aircraft, technical and safety review boards, and configuration control
  • Familiar with government flight test organizations, ranges, and procedures

 

Special remarks

  • This position is located in Mojave, CA

 

Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.


Flight Test Engineer - For more information and to apply please click HERE.

Position Summary

Stratolaunch is developing an air-launch platform to contribute to high-speed research and development. The goal of Stratolaunch is to utilize the capabilities of the Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft and air-launch test vehicles to enable development of technologies that may not exist otherwise. Stratolaunch strives to create technology development opportunities for commercial, philanthropic, and governmental organizations to collect rich and actionable data and drive advancements in science, research, and technology.

As Flight Test Engineer, you will enable development and successful flight testing of the Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft, the world’s largest-wingspan aircraft, and other high-speed test vehicles. You will provide effective leadership in the control room as a Test Conductor, or other lead position, during flight test and air-launch test missions. You will have an active role in developing test plans and schedules, mission procedure documentation, and compliance with approved launch license procedures. You should possess considerable experience in conducting disciplined, effective developmental flight test, or similar experience in a technically demanding environment. You must establish and maintain effective relationships with colleagues on a small, agile design-to-flight team. You will be challenged with bringing unique and complex aircraft from initial flight to operational use, at a company that believes in giving our team members the authority and responsibility to succeed.

 

Essential Responsibilities

  • Lead the mission control room team as a Test Conductor, or similar operational role, during experimental carrier aircraft envelope expansion missions
  • Responsible for safe and effective conduct of ground and flight test missions, and engineering support from the mission control room
  • Develop depth of engineering and system knowledge to enable rapid decision-making and task prioritization
  • Support flight readiness reviews prior to test plan execution
  • Coordinate range, airspace and support resources in support of flight test missions
  • Develop and document procedures for expanded mission control room operations, to support air-launch test missions with multiple aircraft and separate control elements. Develop and document procedures covering all aspects of test mission execution for the integrated launch system
  • Support development of test strategy and objectives, test plans and mission cards for ground and inflight testing. Identify test hazards and develop mitigation actions.
  • Coordinate closely with vehicle engineering team to define test and data requirements, and identify system safety or operational concerns
  • Manage and communicate test-specific vehicle limitations and flight readiness review actions
  • Coordinate on-vehicle test requirements with overall manufacturing and program schedules
  • Assess readiness of mission control room discipline engineers and support functions
  • Travel, as needed, to support mission planning, launch approval meetings, and other tasks
  • Demonstrate integrity, accountability and initiative to fulfill commitments

 

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, or similar technical foundation
  • Technical aerospace leadership or experience, including supervision and operational decision-making in a technical environment
  • Previous experience as a Flight Test Engineer or control room engineer on an active test program or launch vehicle program
  • Ability to analyze and prioritize tasks on their own initiative, and drive projects to completion, to fit within overall business goals
  • Ability to lead a small team, make decisions, and quickly adapt to changing priorities
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Be able to work irregular hours and work days on site at Mojave, CA
  • United States citizenship

 

Highly Desired

  • Previous experience as a Test Conductor for developmental flight test or related aerospace test operations
  • Flight Test Engineer graduate of a recognized test pilot school long course
  • Previous experience with new, experimental, or modified aircraft, launch vehicles or spacecraft, technical and safety review boards, and configuration control methods
  • Experience with launch vehicle, air-launch, or high-speed flight programs
  • Possess or be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Knowledge of risk management or safety management systems
  • Experience with government flight test organizations, ranges, and procedures

 

Education/Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from accredited institution and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience

 

Required computer skills

  • MS Office
  • Configuration management tools
  • Engineering software tools such as IADS

 

Special remarks

  • Travel estimated to be approximately 5%
  • This position is located in Mojave, CA

 

Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.