Avionics Engineer

Los Angeles, California /
Engineering – Electronic 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

ABL’s Avionics Engineers know they are critical to mission success, bridging the gap between hardware responsible for producing thousands of pounds of thrust and software guiding the payload safely to the correct orbit.

Solid Avionics Engineers know they are not just circuit board designers, but rather engineers responsible for working across disciplines to provide power to a valve at the correct time or telemetering the position of the rocket to the ground based team during flight.


    • Perform and lead design, development and qualification of launch vehicle avionics system
    • Gather, define, and document requirements to meet existing and anticipated needs across the launch vehicle
    • Develop robust system architecture capable of meeting redundancy requirements
    • Develop, analyze and review data to validate and verify the avionics system meets specifications and design requirements
    • Perform avionics systems integration, checkout and troubleshooting of anomalies
    • Develop test plans and procedures while leading the execution of development and qualification testing

Near Term Responsibilities

    • Work as the avionics systems level architect and hardware development lead, from component design through integration, test and operations.
    • Specify, evaluate and test components ranging from batteries and motors to solenoids and IMUs
    • Define and maintain the interface requirements to coordinate across engineering teams
    • Stand up development integrated test bed or "Hardware in the Loop" (HITL), working with the Software, GNC and hardware teams in HITL environment to develop transitions and commands
    • Critical vendor/supplier development:
    • Work with vendors to define system requirements and possible solutions
    • Work with vendors to maximize the benefits of already certified and qualified Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components and systems
    • Develop sensor and support GNC systems requirements
    • Support critical sensor (e.g. IMU) system engineering, integration and test
    • Support critical controller (e.g. Thrust Vector Control Actuators, Throttle Valves) system engineering, integration, and test
    • Work with Software and Integration Checkout teams to stand up racks required to "talk" to the launch vehicle typical launch vehicle Avionics functionality includes:
    • Power systems, budgeting and battery sizing
    • Redundancy and contingency management, capabilities for "Failure Detection Isolation and Recovery" (FDIR)
    • Telemetry packet encoding and decoding

Basic Qualifications

    • B.S. in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science (CS), Computer Engineering (CE), Electrical Engineering (EE), or similar from an accredited university 
    • 2+ years experience in the development of aircraft, missile, spacecraft or similar electronic/avionic systems

Preferred Skills and Experience

    • Demonstrated ability utilizing CAD design software (e.g. NX, CATIA, CREO/PRO-E) 
    • 2+ years experience with PCB design software(preferably Altium Designer) including schematic capture, layout, simulation,and fulfillment.
    • Proficiency with circuit design and analysis tools (e.g. Matlab, LabVIEW) and simulation
    • codes (e.g. LTSpice, PSpice) 
    • Experience with embedded firmware design
    • Familiarity with:
    • Power Systems
    • Telemetry encoding
    • Mechanical routing, harness routing
    • Programming of FPGA or microcontrollers
    • One or more low-level programming languages (e.g. Ladder Diagram, Structured Text, Instruction List)
    • Qualification of spacecraft avionics and test factors found in industry standards such as MIL-STD-202
    • Day of launch or on-orbit systems testing support, including vehicle power and telemetry systems 
    • Demonstrated leadership of or within a small project team either in current role or during project based team in school

What We Look For

    • 1. Critical thinking: ABL engineers understand the "why" behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes.  
    • 2. Ability to deal with ambiguity: there is no roadmap and ABL engineers must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective. 
    • 3. 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. 

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.