Launch Engineer


Alameda, CA


Position summary

The Company

Astra's mission is to improve life on Earth from space by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Astra delivered its first commercial payload into Earth orbit in 2021, making it the fastest company in history to reach this milestone, just five years after being founded in 2016. By achieving monthly, weekly, then daily launches, we'll create the infrastructure services our customers need in space to build a healthier and more connected planet. If you're excited by a sense of possibility, the chance to innovate, and make a difference here on Earth, we think you should work here too.

The Team 

The Launch Operations Team are the ones that get to test and fly our rockets! As part of launch team, you will work closely with other Astra teams, and our external partners to prepare, test and fly our vehicles from our current launch site In Kodiak, Alaska as well as helping to develop new launch sites. We are a group with a diverse background, recognizing that new skills help us all grow, learn, and be better, and who are never afraid to speak up and ask "why?".

The Opportunity

As a Launch Engineer, you will partner with teams across Astra to ensure the successful delivery of payloads to orbit. You will direct portions of integrated rocket testing, write procedures, build out test and launch sites, manage payloads and support orbital rocket launches. You will draw on your knowledge of mechanical, fluidic, and electrical principles to ensure the safety of hardware and personnel, all while balancing cost and schedule constraints in mission-critical environments. This role will involve some travel to test and launch sites, potentially for several weeks at a time. You must communicate clearly, respond calmly to difficult situations, and have the motivation to – when required – spend long hours or weekends on console or in the field.

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About the company

Industry: Aerospace

Astra’s mission is to improve life on Earth from space® by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Today, Astra offers one of the lowest cost-per-launch dedicated orbital launch services of any operational launch provider in the world, and one of the industry’s first flight-proven electric propulsion systems for satellites, Astra Spacecraft Engine™. Astra ...