Virgin Orbit, LLC

Payload Integration Engineer

Job Locations US-CA-El Segundo
Req No.
Regular FT


Long Beach, CA



Job Type:


Who we are

VOX Space (VOX) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as Payload Integration Engineer. If you join us in this position, you will work on the cleanroom floor processing flight hardware (fairing, adapter, etc), performing payload encapsulation and supporting launch site activity. You will work in a small team and provide technical leadership throughout all aspects of the project. You will collaborate with the other Payload Integration Engineers and Mission Managers at both Virgin Orbit and VOX as part of the Launch Operations team to assist in developing the payload handling process from factory to launch. You will also be working with the customer during their launch campaign at our facility.


This role is for a person that loves and has lots of hands on experience with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position.

Your Mission


  • Work with engineers from Structures and Avionics to define the flow for hardware processing as well as electrical, RF, ordnance testing.
  • Design and/or purchase any mechanical or electrical ground support equipment needed to process and test the flight hardware. This should support a high rate of production.
  • Write and review procedures to process or test the flight hardware
  • Work with technicians to execute the procedure for processing the hardware.
  • Redline procedures to improve the process
  • Encourage designers to design for ease of integration/test and efficiency.
  • Assist with top level budgeting, scheduling, and manpower estimates, for LauncherOne program operations and for customer contracts.
  • Work with a cross functional team. You will be getting parts, data, and support from across the companies. These people will not report to you directly; negotiation and people skills will be necessary.
  • Support the customer needs when they are onsite and ensure that they receive the best care possible.
  • Respond to what-if exercises from engineering and business development for payload accommodation in a wide range of topics that could include avionics, facility planning, cleanroom planning, launch site planning, and hazardous operations.
  • Act as the technical representative from launch operations group to the LauncherOne payload customers during meetings with the customer, payload processing, and launch site processing.
  • A minimum of 5-10 years of experience with satellite build or launch vehicle payload integration
  • Help VOX Space do our part to make the world a better place
  • Other duties as assigned

What you bring

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


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or in “STEM” Majors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) or equivalent experience
    • A minimum of 5-10 years of experience in an assembly, integration, manufacturing or test environment working on satellite or rocket systems 
    • Experience with generating and executing procedures
    • Knowledge of spacecraft systems
    • Experience with cleanroom operations and requirements
    • Experience with working in ESD environments
    • Experience with vehicle-level integration, test, and launch operations of flight hardware
    • 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

    *The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.

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


  • Experience as a test conductor during lift operations, vehicle powered-on internal checkouts, at test consoles during hardware in the loop tests or comprehensive system tests.
  • Ability to perform detailed design of mechanical support equipment
  • Experience with Solumina, NX, Teamcenter, JIRA
  • Experience in low cost commercial space system ventures
  • Experience with smallsats, cubesats, or dispensers
  • Experience with final spacecraft testing at the launch site
  • Experience with oscilloscopes, safe-to-mates, current checks, mating harness connectors, and running test scripts. You must be hands on and comfortable working with flight hardware.
  • Experience with RE/RS, VNA, Signal Analyzer and Signal generator
  • Experience with HVAC and/or conditioning systems
  • Experience with aircraft and launch vehicles
  • Experience working with National Security Space payloads
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’


Physical and/or Additional Requirements

  • Able to travel to the launch site or customer facility. Some travel will be for an extended amount of time.
  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours min.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces.

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).


Clearance Requirements:

Must have the ability to obtain a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) with polygraph. It is strongly preferred that you have a current Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) with polygraph that has been completed within the last 5 years. 

Personal Requirements

The VOX Space organization has a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation.  You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic.  Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door,” be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility.  A sense of humor doesn’t hurt. You will be helping VOX Space grow, so you will be flexible in day-to-day work assignments.  You will work well under customer time pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility.  You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have the highest level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality. 


VOX Space is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with VOX Space 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.