Airbus Defense and Space
  • 15-Oct-2020 to 31-Oct-2020 (EST)
  • AIRBUS U.S. Space & Defense, Inc.
  • Arlington, VA, USA
  • Full Time

Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry. We are a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale. We aim for a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world.

A commercial aircraft manufacturer, with Space and Defense as well as Helicopters Divisions, Airbus is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader. 

Airbus has built on its strong European heritage to become truly international with roughly 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers globally. The company has aircraft and helicopter final assembly lines across Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has achieved a more than sixfold order book increase since 2000.


Position Summary:  The Senior Systems Engineer, Launch will be responsible for spacecraft launch integration engineering for Airbus US.  This includes leading launch integration activities for Airbus spacecraft platforms, including ARROW, as well as analyzing, designing, and/or developing launch interfaces and requirements.

 Primary Responsibilities:

  1. 65%
  • Lead launch integration activities for Airbus spacecraft platforms, including ARROW
  • Analyze, design, and/or develop launch interfaces and requirements, to include:
    • Launcher selection and mechanical adaptation
    • Electrical interfaces and umbilical connections
    • Space Vehicle separation systems
    • Launch site processing, including transportation and SV tests
  • Ensure SV design requirements are consistent with launch vehicle flow-down
  • Develop and manage launch vehicle interface documentation
  • Manage data exchange for modeling and verification efforts necessary for a launch campaign
  • Ability to drive multiple design activities (programs or missions) and various stages in the program lifecycle
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in cross-functional planning, coordination, and task execution situations involving the full spectrum of engineering development and integration activities;
  1. 15%
  • Support Airbus spacecraft development product roadmap: includes assessments and evaluations of emerging launch vehicle providers and technologies.
  • Support the definition of spacecraft interface standards to drive commonality across programs and launch vehicles.
  1. 10%
  • Perform all the necessary spacecraft launch system engineering activities to build, to maintain and to evolve the Airbus spacecraft products.


Additional Responsibilities:   10%

Other duties as assigned

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training: 


  • Bachelor's degree in STEM (Science, Technical, Engineering, Math) or related scientific areas or combination of education and experience.
  • Preferred: Master's degree in STEM (Science, Technical, Engineering, Math) or related scientific areas or combination of education and experience.



  • A minimum of 10 years of experience with a Bachelor's degree, or 8 years of experience with a Master's degree.
  • Experience on spacecraft launch campaigns required.
  • Experience on rideshare and multi-payload launches is desirable.
  • Proven track-record of working with spacecraft systems, starting from conceptual designs and tradeoffs thru detailed design, development, manufacture, integration, and test.

Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:

  • Proficiency with Engineering tools relevant to systems engineering.
  • Familiarity with elements of space mission architectures extending beyond launch systems including spacecraft bus design, payload design, flight operations, mission CONOPS, user interfaces, etc.
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications.
  • Communicate in a clear and concise manner effectively across multiple levels.
  • Be team-minded and ready to work in a multi-functional and multi-cultural, fast-moving and complex/technical environment.
  • Flexible attitude and strong initiative.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results.

Communication Skills (Spoken, Written, Influencing, Proficiency in Other Languages):

  • Excellent listening, comprehension & interpersonal skills as responsible for daily communication via email and phone calls required.
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, communication (verbal/writing), and presentation skills.


  • Primary location is either Rosslyn, VA or Merritt Island, FL
  • If VA based, infrequent travel to Merritt Island, FL to work alongside OneWeb Satellites engineering staff
  • If FL based, infrequent travel to DC area to coordinate with VA-based team and present to various customers and mission partners
  • Infrequent international travel to collaborate with European Airbus counterparts
  • Possibility for on-site support during launch campaigns


  • US citizenship is required


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Government security clearance
  • Active DoD security clearance at Secret or above highly desirable.


Organizational information:


Direct Reports:                 Exempt: 0

                                                Non-exempt: 0


Equal Opportunity: Airbus is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Airbus is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

As a leader in our field, Airbus provides relocation assistance for qualified positions and a comprehensive compensation and benefits package.   

As a matter of policy, Airbus does not sponsor visas for US positions unless specified. Only applicants with current work authorization will be considered.

Airbus does not offer tenured or guaranteed employment. Employment with Airbus is at will, meaning either the company or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.

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