Senior Propulsion Engineer



Other Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Astranis is connecting the four billion people in the world who do not currently have access to the internet. We are building the next generation of smaller, lower-cost spacecraft to bring the world online.
We are well-funded by some of the best investors in the business and have raised over $400 million to date. We have a world-class team that is passionate about building amazing technology. And we have a fun and collaborative work environment where you will learn a lot and make a huge impact no matter where you are in your career.
Our team is growing fast. Apply now!

Senior Propulsion Engineer

As our Senior Propulsion Engineer you will be an asset in designing, building, and testing our propulsion system. You will use your experience to improve the performance of our design and to provide mentorship to younger engineers on the team. You will be a part of the production of many satellites that will provide service to underserved areas.


  • Become a technical leader and help shape the future of propulsion systems at Astranis
  • Design, analyze, and document in space propulsion systems to meet existing and future mission requirements
  • Define and execute on component through system level testing including test equipment design
  • Support assembly integration and test processes through launch including troubleshooting issues with spacecraft propulsion system
  • Work across teams to solve problems and meet goals in a highly collaborative work environment
  • Mentor entry level engineers and interns and support hiring initiatives


  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in a technical discipline (e.g. engineering, physics) or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of industry experience in a design and manufacture related role
  • Previous aerospace or similar product design and production experience (full product development cycle)
  • Hands-on experience working with fluid or gas feed systems
  • Working knowledge of in space electric and chemical propulsion systems
  • Exceptional time management skills, verbal & written communication skills, and organizational skills
  • An interest in working in a fast-paced environment and doing hands-on design/development
  • Don't meet them all? Not a problem. Please apply even if you do not meet all these criteria


  • Experience with fluid and gas system component design
  • Familiarity with AFSPCMAN 91-710 and other Range Safety documentation and requirements
  • Experience writing Python for scientific calculation and data processing
  • Specific experience with low thrust monopropellant, green monopropellant, and electric propulsion systems
All our positions offer a compensation package that includes equity, robust benefits, and bonuses.

What we offer:
Base pay is a single component of Astranis's total rewards package, which may also include equity in the form of incentive stock options, performance bonuses, high quality company-subsidized healthcare, disability and life insurance benefits, flexible PTO, 401(K) retirement, and free on-site catered meals.
Astranis pay ranges are informed and defined through professional-grade salary surveys and compensation data sources. The actual base salary offered to a successful candidate will additionally be influenced by a variety of factors including experience, credentials & certifications, educational attainment, skill level requirements, and the level and scope of the position.
Base Salary
$140,000$185,000 USD
U.S. Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residency, or Refugee/Asylee Status Required
(To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States, or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3))
Our mission and our products are meant to connect the world and everyone in it, regardless of gender, race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.
All employees of Astranis are required to be vaccinated by the start of their employment. Mandatory vaccinations support our commitment to making our workplace and public facilities as safe and welcoming as possible. Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals who are not able to get the vaccine due to qualifying medical or religious reasons.