Astrobotic is hiring a

Propulsion Engineer

Pittsburgh, United States

Astrobotic Technology wants you to be a critical contributor to the design, test and integration of the propulsion systems for Astrobotic lunar landers.  You will be responsible for working directly on the design and analysis of the propulsion system for a state of the art lunar lander, as well as component selection and testing.  

Your main responsibilities:  Development of component and system level test plans and execution, data analysis, feed system design and analysis, and assisting with management of component suppliers.  Work alongside the liquid hypergolic bipropellant engine developers to ensure compatibility with the fed system.  Some writing of technical reports and analysis presentation will be required.

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world. The company’s lunar lander, Peregrine, delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals for $1.2 million per kilogram.  Astrobotic was selected by NASA in May 2019 for a $79.5 million contract to deliver payloads to the Moon in 2021.  The company also has more than 30 prior and ongoing NASA and commercial technology contracts, a commercial partnership with Airbus DS, a corporate sponsorship with DHL, and 28 payloads signed on for Peregrine’s first mission to the Moon.  The company is also an official partner with NASA through the Lunar CATALYST Program.  Astrobotic was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA.


Required Qualifications:

Experience in the following:

  • Testing of pneumatic and fluid aerospace components and systems
  • Fluid systems analysis including: pressure, water hammer and materials interactions.
  • Fast acting valve operation and control
  • Pressurized vessels and feed systems
  • Reporting on system risks
  • Minimum 2-5 years of experience in spacecraft propulsion systems development or high pressure fluid system environments
  • B.S. in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering


Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience with Easy 5, Solidworks, Fortran, and Matlab
  • Experience with hypergolic liquid bipropellant engines
  • Knowledgeable of Range Safety and Ground Safety compliance
  • Knowledge of space environmental tests
  • Knowledge of propellant mixing, temperature control and combustion chemistry
  • Experience with pulsed mode feed systems
  • 5-10 years of experience in spacecraft propulsion systems development or high pressure fluid system environments
  • M.S. in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on Propulsion Systems


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


Applicants should be prepared to submit a writing sample, references, and demonstrate a significant background in space missions.

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