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Flight Autonomy Engineer III - Lunar



Multiple locations
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

At Blue Origin, we envision millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. We’re working to develop reusable, safe, and low-cost space vehicles and systems within a culture of safety, collaboration, and inclusion. Join our diverse team of problem solvers as we add new chapters to the history of spaceflight!

This role is part of the Lunar Permanence business unit, which develops Blue Origin’s multiple Blue Moon lander product lines. To further Blue Origin's mission of having millions of people living and working in space, we are building sustainable infrastructure for our transport of crew and cargo from Earth to the lunar surface.

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

As part of a hardworking team of spacecraft development engineers, you develop and deliver on-board autonomy algorithms, control algorithms, and flight software. You will be responsible for the derivation and development of autonomy requirements, analysis, algorithms, flight software, integration, test, verification, and validation. In this role, you will use your experience in the implementation of on-board autonomy and mechanical, thermal, fluid, and gaseous control systems.

You will work directly with NASA and our National Team Partners as part of the Human Landing System (HLS) Sustaining Lunar Development (SLD) program. You will play a key role in developing the Lunar Transportation system that will return humans to the Moon and extend human presence permanently beyond the bounds of Earth.

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!


  • Derive and develop autonomy requirements, perform analyses and trades to validate requirements, and maintain subsystem specification, and performance metrics.

  • Collaborate with GN&C and other subsystems and spacecraft systems engineers to support the development of low- and high-fidelity plant models.

  • Build control code in Simulink to support autocoding to target

  • Support the development, and execution of simulations and tools required for verification of functionalities.

  • Use Matlab and Simulink to analyze, unit test, and verify control and autonomy algorithms.

  • Support verification and testing, ensuring the subsystem complies to its requirements.


  • Minimum of a B.S. in aerospace, mechanical, or electrical engineering

  • Applied industry experience and/or M.S. or Ph.D. focused on development of spacecraft autonomy and controls

  • Experience developing embedded control systems for complex aerospace systems

  • Proven experience in modeling and simulation autonomy and controls operations

  • Familiarity with flight management, guidance, control, navigation, and astrodynamics fundamentals

  • Experience in Matlab, Simulink, and Stateflow

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum

Desired (but not required):

  • M.S. or PhD in aerospace engineering or related technical field

  • Experience in development and implementation of real-time embedded control solutions

  • Experience in full lifecycle development of GN&C and/or Autonomy on spacecraft

  • Experience designing, evaluating, and simulating state machines

  • Experience with collaboration tools such as Confluence and JIRA

  • Familiarity with DO-178, DO-160, and DO-254 or similar guidelines

Compensation range for on site CO applicants is $125,400-$175,560

Compensation range for on site WA applicants is $136,800-$191,520

Compensation range for on site CA applicants is $136,800-$191,520

Other site ranges may differ

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the requisition is closed.

Inclusivity Statement

Don’t meet all desired requirements? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every desired qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program.

Paid Time Off: Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays.

Discretionary bonus: Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.

Eligibility for benefits varies by role type, please check with your recruiter for a comprehensive list of the benefits available for this role.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, including the Washington Fair Chance Act, the California Fair Chance Act, the Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here.

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