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Mechanical Payload Engineer

Outpost Space

Santa Monica, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Hardware
  • Industry: Data Intelligence
  • Post Date: 01/25/2023
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  • Company Address: , Los Angeles, California, US
  • Salary Range: $70,000 - $85,000

About Outpost Space

Outpost is the sustainable space company. We enable precision Earth Return of satellites and orbital payload missions.

Job Description

Join the mission to make Earth a sustainable home forever.

We see a future where space is the gateway to a more resilient and sustainable Earth.​ Outpost is the sustainable space company. Outpost is creating the world's first commercial reusable satellites that will come back to earth after mission completion and then get refurbished for the next mission, reducing future space debris and contributing to the long term sustainability of human life in space while making the cost of a satellite mission up to 80% cheaper and 100% cleaner.

We enable precision Earth Return of satellites and orbital payloads. We believe that our future in space must be built with sustainability at its core and that efficient, precise Earth Return is essential for the development of new industries in space and the improvement of life on Earth.

Outpost allows companies to iterate on technical developments in space and ensure mission success. If you believe that the advancement into space will create a better planet Earth for all living beings and have the background to support it, then we want to hear from you.

Who you are:

You enjoy team collaboration and are an effective communicator who understands the interactions between payloads and spacecraft subsystems.

Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven atmosphere.

You have hands-on experience with mechanism design, prototyping, and/or precision mechanical assembly

You are familiar with developing test plans and executing verification.


Develop, integrate and document structural, interior (and exterior) payload systems and requirements to establish the system design

Develop state-of-the-art, manufacturable flow control devices (valves, regulators, solenoids) and mechanisms for inflatable payload system

Optimize, implement and testing of inflatable re-entry system technology

Monitor development of the system level payload concept and the resulting overall payload design and architecture

Design, build and test all mechanical structures required for the payload subsystems.

Apply mechanical knowledge to drive payload communication system trades and component development.

Guide hardware from prototype manufacturing through flight production, including ongoing support for spacecraft assembly, integration and test

Support with analysis for contracts and proposals

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace, electrical engineering, mathematics, physics, computer engineering, computer science, or related field

2+ years of experience designing, analyzing and building mechanical systems

Additional Qualifications:

Mechanical design experience using CAD (Fusion 360 or similar), hand calculations and FEA  tools

Experience using test instrumentation and control components (e.g. pressure transducers, thermocouples, resistance temperature detectors, relays, solenoid valves, etc.)

Knowledge of electro-mechanical devices, gear trains, actuators, motors, valves, regulators, or other fluid and position control devices

Experience in system level thermal analysis (Thermal Desktop or similar)

Be located in (or willing to relocate to) Santa Monica, CA


$70 - 85k, based on experience


Annual Performance-Based Bonuses

Medical, Dental and Vision

Unlimited PTO

Paid Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave, and Family Leave



Please click here to Apply.

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