Launch Safety Engineer

Los Angeles, California /
ABL Space Systems /
El Segundo, CA, United States
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

As a Launch Safety Engineer, you will be responsible for performing task required to receive authorization to launch from internal and external agencies.  This role is one of the most diverse positions in a launch company since you get to work with each engineering discipline, operations, customers, and external agencies using system safety engineering principles to ensure the rocket, support equipment, and operations are executed in a safe manner.  You will be responsible for leading, supporting, and executing meetings to negotiate requirements with several agencies.  This includes supporting leadership, engineers, and operations as we transition to test and launch operations.  We are looking for Launch Safety Engineers, who enjoy solving challenges and have the ability manage multiple tasks to meet key milestones and can work effectively in a fast-paced environment and share our passion for building and launching rockets and payloads into orbit.  This is a role that directly contributes to ABL's vision and goal.


    • Lead, manage, and support meetings with Launch Sites, Range Safety, and Government agencies (FAA, NOAA, FCC)
    • Lead and support the development of documentation to meet requirements to acquire a launch license and launch approvals
    • Conduct system safety analysis and reports for rocket systems, ground support equipment, and operations
    • Work with engineering to incorporate safety requirements into the designs
    • Coordinate and Negotiate with Internal and external agencies on requirements and tailoring
    • Work closely with Mission Managers to coordinate customer requirements and operations
    • Perform the role of the Safety Official for launch campaigns as a final go/no/go to launch


    • Experience working with licensing requirements (CFR 413/415/417/420/440/450, AFSPC 91-710. RCC 319/324)
    • Experience working with military and commercial ranges, FAA AST, ATC, USCG
    • 1-3 years prior experience working with launch sites and executing launch operations
    • 2 years prior experience managing programs/projects
    • Ability to travel to support meetings, test campaigns, and launch campaigns


    • Program or Project Management Experience
    • Experience with Microsoft products, confluence, and scheduling tools for developing documentation
    • Working knowledge of ITAR and proprietary documentation
    • Ability to build long and trusting relationships with all personnel and agencies
    • Possess the ability to communicate with all levels of personnel and leadership
    • Working knowledge with Environmental Assessments
    • Working knowledge with Emergency and Mishap Response


    • 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 and use a computer to complete assignments
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.