Virgin Orbit, LLC

Senior Telemetry Operations Engineer

Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
Req No.
Regular FT


Long Beach, CA



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Who we are




At Virgin Orbit, we are launching the small satellite revolution, enabling missions that were previously unimaginable. We are delivering Virgin’s legendary customer experience by combining advanced technology with a diligent, hard-working team. We have built a workplace and a workforce of the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today are launching the industries of tomorrow. We have engaged a diverse and inclusive community of doers and dreamers alike, empowering all those working today to build satellites and constellations that will change the world.


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Position Summary


Virgin Orbit is looking for a Senior Engineer, Telemetry Operations to oversee operations of the world-wide telemetry ground station network during rocket launch campaigns. During a mission, you will be a mission control operator reporting to the Launch Director. When you're not on-console, you'll be developing and innovating on our ground station architecture and software, identifying ways to integrate new technologies into the ground stations, coordinating with worldwide telemetry partners, and improving on how Virgin Orbit conducts telemetry operations.


This is a full-time position based out of Long Beach, CA

Your Mission

  • Participate operations of the world-wide telemetry ground station network during rocket launch campaigns as well as post-mission data delivery and analysis
  • Run telemetry network tests to ensure high-quality data flow to the Mission Control Center
  • Analyze ground station performance: RF link, data quality, antenna tracking performance, receiver performance, etc.
  • Write and maintain procedures and procedure maps for telemetry operations conduct
  • Create and execute anomaly resolution plans  
  • Conduct trade studies for new technologies to improve our ground station system architecture
  • Develop, integrate, and test new ground station systems for rapid deployment around the world
  • Identify, coordinate, and schedule external assets/vendors to support telemetry operations for launch campaigns
  • Write and present mission/launch readiness reviews and data reviews

What you bring

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

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Engineering (Aerospace, mechanical, or electrical)
  • 5+ years of experience in an operations-oriented engineering field (e.g. Test and Evaluation, Launch Operations)
  • Understanding of telemetry systems: RF theory, PCM, SOQPSK, IRIG 106 Ch 4
  • Familiarity with network engineering concepts and tools such as Wireshark 
  • Ability to analyze data with MATLAB, Python, LabVIEW, or other languages/analysis packages - software development experience a plus
  • Demonstrated capability to manage complex projects with strict deadlines
  • Ability to communicate and work with others - you will be a part of Mission Control and an integrated team 
  • Willingness to travel - up to 25-30% travel to support launch campaigns
  • Must be able to provide proof of US-approved Covid-19 full vaccination status, unless otherwise exempted by an approved reasonable medical or religious accommodation from Virgin Orbit.

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

  • Experience participating in complex operations such as flight test, launch, or telemetry/range ops
  • Experience with RF receivers such as Lumistar, Cortex, Quasonix
  • Familiarity with autotracking and slave-tracking telemetry technologies
  • RF hardware development experience
  • Familiarity with GNURadio or other SDR platforms
  • Knowledge of IRIG 106 Ch 10 data recording standard
  • Understanding of signal processing - Nyquist, sampling rates, data decimation
  • Industry knowledge of worldwide ground station providers 


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. 


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