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Propulsion Engineer (All Levels)

Argo Space

Argo Space

Posted on Saturday, January 27, 2024

As a Propulsion Engineer at Argo, you will work with a team of talented engineers to support the end-to-end development of water-based propulsion systems for our reusable, in-space transport vehicle, the Argonaut. The work will include the development of electric propulsion thrusters, RCS thrusters, propellant management and feed systems, and thermal management systems. As an early employee at Argo, you will have an influential role in designing the Argonaut’s propulsion architecture and enabling high efficiency transport of payloads throughout cislunar space.

Responsibilities

  • Use computational tools and first-principles calculations to design propulsion components and systems
  • Hands-on prototyping, troubleshooting, and testing of propulsion hardware
  • Qualify propulsion hardware to ensure survival at expected mission environments
  • Draft and implement build and test procedures consistent with mission risk posture and own the outcome of test campaigns
  • Contribute to and conduct design reviews, test readiness reviews, and flight readiness reviews with a heavy emphasis on technical excellence

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant engineering or science discipline
  • 3+ years of experience designing and testing thrusters and/or thermo-fluidic systems that operate in harsh environments
  • Comprehensive understanding of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics
  • Experience managing analysis products and incorporating their feedback into design
  • Capable of maintaining flexibility in direction under changing circumstances
  • Track record of delivering novel, excellent technical products

Preferred Qualifications

  • Conducted full test campaigns of spacecraft propulsion systems
  • Experience with CAD software (e.g. Siemens NX)
  • Experience with a high-level programing language (e.g. python, matlab)
  • Experience with spacecraft electric propulsion systems
  • Experience with water electrochemistry
  • Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, rewarding work environment.