Aerodynamics Engineer

Los Angeles, California /
ABL Space Systems /
We build rockets to launch small satellites
Our Company 
ABL Space Systems (ABL) was founded in 2017, by veterans of SpaceX and Morgan Stanley, to develop low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite industry. ABL is headquartered in El Segundo, California, where it has more than 30,000 square feet of facilities for research, development, and production. ABL is a privately-owned corporation backed by a premier group of investors.
Our Team 
We are a tight team with big goals. That means we need all hands on deck. At ABL, every person takes ownership of their work, and understands how it impacts our mission. Accessing space doesn’t need to be expensive, complicated, or difficult, and we’re building the systems, CONOPS, and organization to prove it. Our team has come together to pursue mastery of our domains and build something bigger than ourselves. We are proud to serve the people pushing the frontiers of space technology. Our goals are ambitious. The work is challenging. We take a deep personal responsibility for everything we make. Driven by great people and greater talent, ABL is reimagining the next generation of space launches. 
When launch day arrives, we want you by our side

ABL's Aerodynamics Engineers drive the designs of current and future vehicles through analyzing highly complex and cross-disciplinary systems. Aerodynamics Engineers work closely with structures, GNC, and propulsion teams to predict the aerodynamic environments of the launch vehicle. This requires developing CFD tools and analytical infrastructure to support a growing vehicle analysis team.


    • Gather, define, and document requirements to support vehicle design
    • Develop, analyze and review data to validate and verify system meets specifications and design requirements
    • Perform and lead cross-disciplinary analysis to drive the designs of ABL space systems
    • Develop and support of system level CFD analysis tools used to predict the aerodynamics of our launch vehicles
    • Review flight data and anchor results to CFD models


    • Work with GNC and Structures teams to predict the flight aerodynamics
    • Inform any design changes or trajectory constraints related to aerodynamic considerations
    • Set up CFD infrastructure to support a growing analysis team


    • B.S. from an accredited university
    • Competency using Matlab and/or Python


    • 4+ years of CFD experience (research or industry) related to launch vehicle, aircraft, missile, spacecraft or similar vehicle systems
    • Experience with FUN3D, Cart3D, Ansys Fluent or similar
    • Demonstrated leadership of or within a small project team either in current role or during project based team in school


    • Critical thinking: ABL engineers understand the "why" behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes.  
    • Ability to deal with ambiguity: there is no roadmap and 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; there is no one to pick up the slack of partially complete work. 


    • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time
    • 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
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

ABL Space Systems is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with ABL Space Systems is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.