Relativity Space

Senior COPV Engineer

Long Beach, CA
USD 127k - 163k

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.


The Stage Engineering Team is responsible for the design, analysis, and validation of our launch vehicle. As a composite pressure vessel engineer, you will be accountable for the ownership of high-pressure gas storage on the rocket as part of a world-class engineering hardware team. 

You will work collaboratively with the structures, mechanisms, fluids, avionics, additive, manufacturing, test and loads teams to design and execute a plan for gas storage necessary to successfully launch and recover a rocket. A high degree of autonomy along with an ability to prioritize work in our fast-paced environment is required. We believe varied perspectives & backgrounds strengthen our team. Prior experience in aerospace is not required.

What you’ll do: 

You will be a part of developing the architecture for the upcoming Terran R vehicle. You will be responsible for charting the company’s path for gas storage on a reusable rocket, both near term and long term.

Here are some examples of projects you could be working on:

  • Partnering with third party vendors in the design and analysis of gas storage COPVs
  • Working with other thermo-fluid engineers on vehicle gas system design and operation
  • Establishing test campaigns for qualification and acceptance of COPVs
  • Performing tests and reviewing data
  • Supporting integration COPVs on the rocket
  • Selecting, vetting, and managing vendors
  • Performing trade studies to improve gas storage solutions for the near future vehicles
  • Assessing long term COPV design and manufacturing plans

What you need to know:  

  • Undergraduate degree in engineering or related field
  • 5+ years of relevant technical experience
  • Demonstrated ownership, accountability, and success in delivering complex products with minimal guidance
  • Working knowledge of pressure vessel engineering fundamentals
  • Working knowledge of fluid and mechanical system design and operation

Nice to haves but not required:  

  • Experience with COPVs or other composite structures
  • Experience in a creative and fast-paced development environment
  • Strong problem solver with great organization skills
  • Experience with CAD
  • Experience with launch vehicle systems

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:
$127,000$163,000 USD

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