Payload Integration Engineer

Los Angeles, California /
ABL Space Systems /
ABL Space Systems was founded in 2017 by veterans of SpaceX and Morgan Stanley to develop low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite industry. More importantly, we’re building a launch system we are truly proud of – no gimmicks or over-design, just reliable, rapidly deployable launches. We’re an ambitious team with big goals and, together, we’re determined to prove that reaching space can be simple, efficient, and routine.  

When launch day arrives, we want you by our side

Payload Integration Engineer
As a Payload integration Engineer, you will work under the direction of the Head of Payload Integration and will be a member of ABL’s Mission and Program Management team.  Our team works closely with ABL’s payload customers and ABL’s engineering team to successfully deliver payloads to orbit. You will work across multiple missions on the ABL manifest, including delivery of commercial and government cubesats, smallsats, and other small payloads. Payload Integration Engineers assist in creating interface control documentation, create work instructions, plan and act as the test conductor during hands-on payload integration, encapsulation and on-pad payload activities. We are looking for team members who enjoy a variety of challenges, can communicate effectively, thrive in a fast-paced environment and share our passion for creating a seamless and premier end-to-end customer payload integration experience. 


    • Support business development in technical customer interchanges and proposal writing as needed
    • Serve as the payload integrator during fit checks and launch campaigns
    • Proactively strive to create a smooth and streamlined payload integration process for our customers
    • Work across engineering teams on integration requirements of the Payload Attach Fitting (PAF) and various spacecraft separation adapter or deployer design, ensuring proper verification of Interface Control Documentation (ICD) requirements between the customer and ABL
    • Support creation of the ICD that illustrates and documents the payload-to-launch vehicle interfaces
    • Develop operations plans and procedures for successful payload integration and encapsulation including on-pad spacecraft umbilical connection and operation


    • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related technical field
    • 2+ years prior engineering experience in a related field such as systems engineering, project/program management, payloads, spacecraft subsystems, or launch operations 


    • Active TS/SCI or DoD Secret clearance, or willingness to pursue a clearance
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with meticulous attention to detail
    • Ability to work extended hours to meet milestones and deadlines
    • Ability to travel for launch and customer-related activities (up to 30% time)


    • Prior hands-on mechanical and/or electrical payload integration experience
    • Prior experience with MS Project or other schedule management tools
    • Experience using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software (such as NX or Solidworks)
    • Prior direct coordination experience with external customers
    • Prior project experience working with the US Government


    • Critical thinking:  ABL engineers understand the “why” behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes
    • Ability to deal with ambiguity: 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


    • 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

ITAR Requirement
This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) is a required qualification for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.