Relativity Space

Data and Control Systems Engineer II

USD 108k - 138k
Python Java R C++

Company Overview:  

At Relativity Space, we have two audacious goals: to build the next great commercial launch company with Terran R and to become America's leading force in additive manufacturing innovation. Both contribute to our long-term vision of creating humanity’s industrial base on Mars, paving the way for interplanetary life to expand the possibilities of the human experience. This journey begins right here on Earth – where we design, build, and fly rockets to deliver customer payloads to orbit. Terran R, our medium-to-heavy lift reusable rocket, fulfills the growing demand for launch capacity, thanks to our iterative approach that accelerates design, testing, and development while minimizing costs. While our groundbreaking research and development in 3D printing pushes the boundaries of large-scale additive manufacturing.

Your journey with us is more than just a job – it’s an opportunity to shape the future of aerospace technology, additive manufacturing, and the human experience alongside a community of passionate, creative individuals. Join us on this extraordinary journey, as we work together to transform our vision into reality.


Relativity is seeking a highly talented Launch Instrumentation Specialist to join a rapidly growing space startup. As a Data and Controls Systems Engineer, your responsibilities will include the design, installation, and operations of data and control systems for the Terran R Launch pad. This includes instrumentation, pad construction, system build-up, activation, and launch operations to support the Terran R and the launch program. You will work closely with the launch engineering team, supporting activities required to get the launch pad built, activated, and operated through launch.

What you’ll do: 

At Relativity, we are redefining the way rockets are designed, built and flown. Starting with our proprietary and cutting-edge 3D printing technology, we aim to simplify and automate the manufacturing of rockets. This revolutionary approach enables us to make launch vehicles faster and more cost efficiently, allowing us to offer cost-efficient and short lead-time launch services to our customers. You will support the Design, installation, and operations of Data and Control System hardware and various instrumentation required to create an operational launch site. Once the launch site is functional, you will provide system level troubleshooting and procedural support while conducting launches of Terran R. 

As a Data and Controls Systems Engineer, you will be at the forefront of creating a world class orbital launch site. In order to be successful in this role, you should be someone who is able to create, design, and lead projects to completion; ideally, you are someone who has come from a fast paced, aerospace environment, having completed difficult projects while collaborating effectively across various groups. The ability to perform work at the highest quality with minimal direction across all major technical disciplines is key. You should have extensive experience in designing, installing, verifying, and troubleshooting sensors that measure temperature, pressure, flow, displacement, and vibration. Oscilloscopes, signal generators, and multi-meters are just a few of the tools that you should already know how to operate. You will also be responsible for providing feedback and communication with the launch engineering team to prevent issues and help improve the launch pad build/activation process.

What you need to know:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related field
  • Hands on experience with Data Acquisition (DAQ) systems including sensors and actuators
  • Understanding of proper signal shielding and grounding for low noise systems
  • 2+ years of experience designing, building, and testing electrical and software systems
  • Demonstrated experience with retrofit and clean sheet design of complex DAC systems
  • Experience identifying and implementing new project opportunities based on long term company goals
  • Track record of developing top engineering talent through mentorship and training  

Nice to haves but not required:

  • Design and operation of spacecraft and launch vehicle ground infrastructure
  • Integration of communication interfaces such as Ethernet, RS422, RS232, RS485, Modbus, CANbus, etc
  • Programming experience in C/C++, Python, Java or similar languages
  • Experience in implementing industrial control systems derived from a P&IDs
  • Experience with general facility maintenance
  • Experience operating pressurized systems
  • Design of lightning protection systems for large metallic structures and mounted systems
  • Specification of sensing technologies for low and high data acquisition rates (100 Hz to 100 kHz and beyond) to measure values of interest directly and indirectly
  • Architecture of highly distributed data and control systems
  • Design of hardware and software systems that demand high-availability, high-reliability, and time-critical operation

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend and more! 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

The below-range represents Relativity Space’s current good-faith pay scale for this role.  Relativity Space reserves the right to modify or update this range at any time.

Compensation is only one part of our entire total rewards package. To see some of the benefits & perks we offer, please visit here:
Hiring Range:
$108,000$138,000 USD

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