Sr. Flight Safety Engineer

Los Angeles, CA
USD 155k - 210k
Matlab Python
ABL Space Systems was founded in 2017 by veterans of SpaceX and Morgan Stanley to develop low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite industry. More importantly, we’re building a launch system we are truly proud of – no gimmicks or over-design, just reliable, rapidly deployable launches. We’re an ambitious team with big goals and, together, we’re determined to prove that reaching space can be simple, efficient, and routine.  

When launch day arrives, we want you by our side

As a Sr. Launch Safety Engineer, you will be responsible for performing the flight safety analysis to ensure public safety & risk are maintained throughout ABL flight operations.  This will include generating the mission flight safety rules, incorporating wind data to inform its impact on public safety, working with ABL's GNC team to modify trajectories as needed to maintain safety, and working with external regulatory bodies (ie: FAA, CAA, Federal Ranges) to validate ABL's methods comply with all requirements. You will be responsible for leading, supporting, and executing meetings to discuss requirements with several agencies.  This includes supporting leadership, engineers, and operations as we expand launch operations globally.  We are looking for Flight Safety Engineers, who enjoy solving challenges and have the ability manage multiple tasks to meet key milestones and can work effectively in a fast-paced environment and share our passion for building and launching rockets and payloads into orbit.  This is a role that directly contributes to ABL's vision and goal.


    • Lead analysis and support the development of documentation to meet requirements on a per-launch basis
    • Lead, manage, and support meetings with Launch Sites, Range Safety, and Government agencies (FAA, CAA, Federal Ranges)
    • Develop flight safety requirements and mission rules across global launch sites
    • Work with ABL's internal teams to assess and modify trajectories as informed by analsyis


    • 2+ years experience with POST2, Astos, RRAT, or similar trajectory optimization software
    • 3+ years prior experience working with launch sites and executing launch operations


    • Experience working with licensing requirements (CFR 413/414/440/450, AFSPC 91-710. RCC 319/324)
    • Experience working with military and commercial ranges, FAA AST, ATC, USCG
    • Experience with Microsoft products, confluence, and scheduling tools for developing documentation
    • Ability to build long and trusting relationships with all personnel and agencies
    • Possess the ability to communicate with all levels of personnel and leadership
    • Day of launch or on-orbit systems support including launch flight safety limits and loads/GNC capabilities evaluation
    • Demonstrated leadership of or within a small project team either in current role or during project based team in school
    • Proficiency in Matlab or Python


    • Critical thinking:  ABL engineers understand the “why” behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes
    • Ability to deal with ambiguity: ABL engineers must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective
    • End-to end ownership:  projects are delivered fully complete and ready for flight


    • Ability to use a computer to complete assignments
    • Ability to communicate with individuals and groups in person, by phone and telepresence
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will typically work in an office environment
    • Ability to travel to support meetings, test campaigns, and launch campaigns
The salary range for this role is $155,000 - $210,000. This is the lowest to highest salary we reasonably and in good faith believe we would pay for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range, and the range may be modified in the future. An employee’s pay position within the salary range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, performance, and business or organizational needs. 

ITAR Requirement
This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) is a required qualification for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.

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