Mission Design & Trajectory Engineer (GNC)

Torrance, CA /
Engineering /
Full Time
Inversion is building low-cost space capsules that return cargo back to Earth. This next-generation class of space vehicle will finally be able to provide high-frequency return of research, goods, supplies, and equipment that is critical for all future commercial activities and supply chains in space. Affordable launch is solved. It's time for affordable return. We’re a hungry team looking to bring a first-of-its-kind capability to the market. With strong financial backing (including Spark Capital, Y Combinator, Jordan Noone, and many others), we’re set to make this a reality.

Inversion Engineers completely own systems from design to integration. There is no playbook for what we are doing, so every day is full of new challenges. Working for an early-stage startup means you get to shape the direction of the company, and if it is successful or if it dies. The stakes are total.

Inversion GNC Engineers are the core of what brings our capsules and their payloads back exactly where we want them, when we want them there. As a mission and trajectory engineer, your tools, planning, and optimizations will directly touch every aspect of the capsule’s mission from atmosphere to vacuum and back again. Orbital mechanics, on-orbit maneuvers, atmospheric reentry, and more make this job for somebody willing to take on an incredibly difficult challenge with tons of ambiguity. The problems are hard but the payoff is immense.

If you want to have ownership of systems from start to finish, work at the bleeding edge of technology at an incredible fast pace, and build a new class of aerospace vehicle set to change the world, Inversion is where you belong!


    • Architect simulation and trajectory optimization infrastructure.
    • Model and optimize orbital and reentry trajectories for a range of vehicle configurations.
    • Interface with engineering teams to develop vehicle, aerodynamic, and propulsion models.
    • Perform and direct mission planning and development of test procedures.
    • Support critical hardware development to meet and define system requirements.
    • Support business development teams on regulatory framework, customer mission design, etc.
    • Coordinate with external development partners, supply chains, and contractors.
    • Work and collaborate with multi-disciplinary engineers to solve design, manufacturing, and integration problems in all aspects of a product.

Basic Qualifications

    • B.S. or higher from an accredited university in a relevant field.
    • 2+ years professional design/development experience in rocket, reentry vehicle, or satellite systems engineering or design.
    • Skill in using and creating software tools to model systems performance.
    • A strong, solid understanding of orbital mechanics, astrodynamics, launch vehicle flight mechanics, and atmospheric flight.
    • Demonstrated skills in modeling, simulation, and analysis software such as MATLAB/Simulink and experience in at least one or more high-level programming languages (ex. C, C++, etc.).

Preferred Skills and Experience

    • Experience working collaboratively in small teams on fast-paced projects.
    • Demonstrated leadership of or within a small project team either in current role or during project based team in school.
    • Familiarity with Navigation & Controls fundamentals--preferably hands-on experience working on end-to-end GNC algorithms.
    • The willingness to get your hands dirty and build something yourself.
Additional Requirements
·        Position may require extended work hours and weekend work.
·        Position may require standing, bending, and working directly with hardware on the floor for extended periods of time.

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.