Virgin Orbit

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Software Engineer

Software Engineer

Req No. 
Job Locations 
US-CA-Long Beach
Regular Full-Time

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Who we are




At Virgin Orbit, we launch the small satellite revolution, accessing space for missions that were previously unimaginable and fostering new ideas and technologies to create a truly spacefaring civilization. We deliver Virgin’s legendary customer service by pairing technological advancements with a clear focus on our customers’ needs. We build a workplace and a workforce for the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today will launch the industries of tomorrow. We engage a diverse and inclusive community of dreamers and achievers in a shared mission to access space to improve life on Earth. At Virgin Orbit, we boost imagination. Search all of our job openings on our career portal.


Position Summary

Virgin Galactic (VO) is seeking a full-stack Software Developer to assist in the development of an internal website for creating, validating and viewing configuration files that are used to launch rockets. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

Have you ever wanted to launch a rocket from a webpage? Well now is your chance. The Software Developer will be responsible for helping to define, create and maintain internal websites that will be used to generate configuration files that are used in the launch system, for viewing telemetry data from the launch system and for interacting directly with the launch system software.

  • Design and implementation of an internal web site that will be used for storing, viewing and creating internal files
  • Responsible for parsing and error checking of all configuration files used in Launch Operations
  • Design and implement web pages for viewing real-time telemetry coming from the launch system
  • Design and implement web pages for interacting with the launch system
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
  • Performs other duties as assigned

What you bring

If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…

  • 1+ years of node.js experience
  • 1+ years of ReactJS and/or Angular experience
  • 5+ years as a software developer
  • Strong understanding of JavaScript
  • Strong understanding of front and back-end development
  • Knowledge of SDLC
  • Experienced with test-driven development
  • Have designed/utilized RESTful APIs as well as websockets
  • Strong understanding of web standards, cross-browser compatibility, and CSS
  • Ability to learn new technologies quickly and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with Git and SVN
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness
  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods – 8 hours min.
  • Travel to Mojave to support test and launch campaigns


… and you should probably have a bunch of these, too.

  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’



ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


Personal Requirements

Our idea of a happy life: build rockets, work with brilliant people, serve purposeful customers, and open access to space. Sir Richard Branson’s belief is “If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success.” From the very start, we have placed top priority on growing and fostering a team of creative, diverse, and talented women and men. In the words of Sir Richard Branson “We believe it’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!”

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Virgin Orbit is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Orbit is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.



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