Flight Safety Engineer

Job Ref: 24458422587 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

As a Flight Safety Engineer you will contribute towards ensuring safety of Rocket Lab launches and feed into mission design and launch operations.  This is a critical role as Rocket Lab moves in to the test flight phase for the Electron Launch Vehicle.  As Flight Safety Engineer you will predominately be based at Rocket Lab’s Facility in Auckland, New Zealand whilst also traveling to Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex on the Mahia Peninsula. 


Key responsibilities for the Flight Safety Engineer:

  • Develop flight safety analysis methods and assumptions and ensure that they are up-to-date with regulatory requirements
  • Development and maintenance of in-house flight safety tools including but not limited to launch vehicle trajectory and performance evaluation, debris modelling, re-entry analysis, overpressure, failure probability and mission risk
  • Development and execution of 6 DoF and 3 DoF simulations
  • Development of statistical models to quantify failure probabilities
  • Handling, processing and analysis of large data sets
  • Prepare flight safety data packages and safety documentation
  • Build flight safety displays for launch operators
  • Support on-console launch operations

Minimum Requirements for the Flight Safety Engineer:

  • A Bachelors’ degree in Engineering, science or equivalent qualification
  • 5+ years’ experience with launch vehicle flight safety programs
  • On-console experience supporting flight safety operations is a big plus
  • Good understanding of launch vehicle flight dynamics, orbital mechanics and GNC interations
  • Strong programming skills and familiarity with programming languages – Python, C/C++, MATLAB
  • Familiarity with configuration management and version control
  • Experience using GIS software
  • Experience generating various safety documents including flight safety data packages, compliance matrices, analysis reports, FMECA,
  • Strong technical writing skills, familiarity with LaTeX is a plus



For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant.  These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States’ International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality. For more information on these Regulations, click here.

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