Staff RF and Telemetry Engineer

Relativity Space

Relativity Space

Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Company Overview:

A rocket company at the core, Relativity Space is on a mission to become the next great commercial launch company. Meeting the needs of a growing demand for space infrastructure, our rockets will revolutionize how we connect and communicate on Earth by getting satellites to space. We have developed a vertically integrated technology platform in which we leverage additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and autonomous robotics to 3D print rockets. Our unique approach enables rapid product iteration, allowing us to push the boundaries of what's possible today and unlock the full potential of 3D printing for tomorrow. Join us on this extraordinary journey, as we work together to transform our vision into reality.


The Avionics team is responsible for the full lifecycle of all electronics and supporting hardware central to operating Relativity's rockets. The team designs, builds, tests, integrates, and operates the hardware which controls the rocket in flight, downlinks critical telemetry, keeps the public safe, and deploys our customers' payloads to orbit! Our hardware enables Relativity to reliably control our rockets while maintaining the flexibility to rapidly iterate our designs. As a member of this team, you will design innovative hardware solutions capable of surviving harsh launch and space environments. Your designs will support multiple vehicle systems such as sensors, propulsion, computing, actuation, energy management, and communications.

What you’ll do:

  • Drive the development of the flight and ground RF & Telemetry system for our launch vehicles through all phases of the development process including design, integration, test, and launch
  • Create link budgets for various vehicle RF systems
  • Model antenna radiation patterns and simulate vehicle-level antenna performance
  • Develop the architecture for vehicle ground and vehicle RF systems, including S and L band systems
  • Select COTS parts or design custom components such as antennas, RF passives, PAs and LNAs, transmitters/receivers, and GSE
  • Lead the hardware and software integration and test of flight and ground telemetry hardware and software
  • Support regulatory and licensing activities with government and regulatory bodies such as the FCC, ITU, and USSF
  • Build and lead a team of multidisciplinary telemetry engineers including RF engineers, communication software engineers, and ground station engineers

What you need to know:

  • Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a related field
  • 10+ years of experience in RF and telemetry system engineering
  • Experience with antenna design and modeling tools such as Ansys HFSS
  • Experience developing link budgets
  • Experience with the design and selection of RF passive components such as couplers and filters
  • Experience with the design and integration of RF systems consisting of radio transmitters and receivers, LNAs, PAs, couplers, filters, etc.
  • Experience with RF test equipment such as spectrum analyzers, SDRs, and data recorders
  • Experience mentoring engineers in engineering best-practices and domain-specific technical principles
  • Comfortable communicating deeply technical topics to a wide variety of audiences

Nice to haves but not required:

  • Familiarity with telemetry standards standards such as IRIG-106
  • Experience designing active RF electronics such as PAs, LNAs, and/or radio transceivers
  • Software engineering fluency and experience with C++, Python, and/or MATLAB
  • Experience establishing a ground station network for launch vehicles or satellite systems

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend and more!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

The below-range represents Relativity Space’s current good-faith pay scale for this role. Relativity Space reserves the right to modify or update this range at any time.

Compensation is only one part of our entire total rewards package. To see some of the benefits & perks we offer, please visit here: https://px.sequoia.com/relativityspace
Hiring Range:
$150,000$194,000 USD