Atmospheric Research

For many years, large amounts of atmospheric data have been inferred from satellite measurements. The advent of reusable rockets that return to their launch pad and routinely fly through the upper atmosphere provide a new opportunity to atmopsheric scientists and researchers. At Masten, we look to provide flight opportunities not previously available to those developing new methods of more accurately gauging our atmosphere.

Because Masten can fly multiple times a day or on demand on back to back days, weeks, or months, data sets that have been previously impossible to gather are now possible to collect and examine. Whether you want to fly on demand specifically to benefit your payload or fly as a passive payload on all Masten launch vehicle flights, there's a slot for you and a business team eager to help find funding.

Do you have something in mind that could benefit from Masten's suborbital reusable launch vehicles? Let's talk - we're actively searching for sensors to include on every flight, packages to fly regularly, or occasional payloads to collect atmospheric data.


Propulsive Landing

Masten is the industry leader in vertical take-off and landing of rockets. Since winning the Lunar Lander Challenge in 2009 Masten has been improving our autonomous flight software to allow third-party payloads to fly our rockets. We enable our customers to attempt propulsive landing using our rockets while avoiding the expense of building their own lander. Our software allows control of the vehicle but steps in when needed and lands the rocket safely.

Masten’s hardware and software technologies have been proven through hundreds of tethered and free flights across three different sRLVs (suborbital reusable launch vehicle) to date. Masten’s vehicles use internally developed software designed to enable high precision vertical takeoff and vertical landing (VTVL) operations. VTVL operations use retropropulsion for braking and a soft touchdown of the vehicle and Masten has demonstrated a consistent ability to land within inches of the target location. With Masten’s ability to perform high accuracy vertical landing, custom trajectories can be developed to enable technology developers to mature capabilities for vertical landing applications. This is a unique opportunity to mature guidance, navigation and control algorithms, optics and precision sensors required for input when landing vertically, landing pad and site development technologies for lunar or martian resupply missions, or other vertical landing applications.

Our test-site is a 15 minute drive to the other side of the Mojave Air & Space Port. By being located so near our test site we can make small changes and rapidly test them on the vehicle and move on to the next challenge.

The fast paced atmosphere at Masten benefits our clients. We can test quickly, make necessary changes, and test again.

We look forward to working with you to advance the state of the art in propulsive landing.

 


Plume Impingement

Masten's vertical landing launch vehicles provide unique opportunities to test and analyze the physics of landing conditions and evaluate plume mitigation techniques. We've been working with plume impingement and mitigation experts from multiple practices to evaluate their theories for plume mitigation.

In December 2010, Masten won a SBIR to study Plume Impingement situations and build a mobile testbed for field demonstration and flexible testing scenarios. We continue to work with plume analysts, landing pad designers, physicists, and those using in-situ resource simulants to develop potential mitigation techniques. In the future we foresee opportunities to evaluate not just landing pad and plume mitigation techniques, but also the opportunity to evaluate potential operations flow for future extraterrestrial outposts.

With precise hovering and landing capability, our rockets provide the ideal earth-based testbed for these materials before being used on lunar or martian surfaces in coordination with autonomous precision landing capabilities being tested by our GN&C and flight operations group.


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Various Job Reqs

Software Engineer

Responsibilities

  • Low-level software requirements definition, development, and debugging including device drivers, memory management, kernel and user mode modules, interrupt handlers, IPC facilities, and network stack
  • Operating System and hardware bring-up, commissioning, and performance evaluation
  • Integration, test, and evaluation of embedded systems
  • Collaboration with hardware engineers on embedded systems design

Desired Skills

  • Experience developing and testing real-time embedded systems, gaming systems, control systems, device drivers, or mobile devices
  • Experience with real-time and/or safety-critical software development
  • Familiarity with sensors and actuators, including GPS, accelerometers, rate gyros, pressure or temperature sensors, solenoids, servos
  • Experience with Linux, GNU toolchain, Python, MATLAB/Simulink code generation, real time operating systems, serial communications, IP networking
  • Experience with digital communication protocols and networks (RS-232/423/422/485, Ethernet [TCP/IP, UDP unicast, IP multicast], CANbus)

Controls Engineer

Position Summary

We are seeking an experienced  Control Systems Engineer to support configuration design studies and developing prototype control system solutions for launch vehicles and lunar landers.  The ideal candidate will push the development and execution of component-level GN&C test programs, including integrated on-vehicle testing.

As a member of the Masten Team, you will collaborate with organized teams of technicians, engineers, designers and managers on our XS-1 launch demonstrator, our terrestrial EDL test beds and our XL-1 lunar lander.

  • Only minimum travel is required
  • Work in an integrated collaborative multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Take responsibility for your work. Design, build and test.

Responsibilities

  • Developing GN&C requirements with flow downs to subsystem levels and companion verification methods.
  • Developing and building GN&C software architectures and control system components in Matlab, Simulink and C.
  • Supporting systems analysis with a cross-functional mindset to support system level architectural decisions.
  • Conducting stability and performance assessments including developing linear and non-linear models.
  • Performing analyses, including simulations, to satisfy top-level system specifications and requirements.
  • Supporting hardware-in-the-loop testing, on-vehicle functional testing, and flight test.

Desired Skills

  • Experience developing and testing real-time embedded systems, gaming systems, control systems, device drivers, or mobile devices
  • Experience with real-time and/or safety-critical software development
  • Familiarity with sensors and actuators, including GPS, accelerometers, rate gyros, pressure or temperature sensors, solenoids, servos
  • Experience with Linux, GNU toolchain, Python, MATLAB/Simulink code generation, real time operating systems, serial communications, IP networking
  • Experience with digital communication protocols and networks (RS-232/423/422/485, Ethernet [TCP/IP, UDP unicast, IP multicast], CANbus)

GNC

Position Summary

We are seeking an experienced, test-oriented Guidance, Navigation, and Controls Engineer to develop, test, and serve as an operator for our reusable VTVL rocket vehicles. You will support both internal vehicle/engine development projects and client flight operations, often as the sole flight code developer and custodian for the vehicle(s) you are assigned.

For each vehicle, you will work closely with the launch coordinator and a small team of technicians and ground crew to plan, prepare for, and execute a variety of vehicle tests, including:

  • Trailer tests (engine testing/development)
  • Static chaindown vehicle firings (engine integration, characterization, and debugging)
  • Tethered flight testing
  • Freeflight testing

Responsibilities

  • Work with vehicle launch coordinators to perform routine vehicle maintenance and debugging
  • Work with clients to design vehicle/payload software interfaces, tethered and freeflight test sequences, and flight trajectories that meet client test needs
  • Update and maintain vehicle simulation models
  • Configure, run, and analyze flight simulations
  • Anticipate, identify, and mitigate potential software/electrical failure modes and testing risks
  • Develop and configure vehicle software for flight
  • Serve as console operator during vehicle and trailer tests
  • Perform postflight analysis and debugging

Desired Skills

  • Experience developing and testing real-time embedded systems
  • Experience with real-time and/or safety-critical software development
  • Familiarity with sensors and actuators, including GPS, IMUs, pressure and temperature sensors, solenoids, and servos
  • Experience with Linux, GNU toolchain, Python, MATLAB/Simulink code generation, real-time operating systems, IP networking

Mechanical Design Engineer

Position Summary

We are seeking an experienced Mechanical Design Engineer to support the development of primary and secondary mechanical structures, aerosurfaces and control systems for our launch vehicles and lunar landers. You will also work on time critical hardware designs and will be familiar with composite and metallic structure design, manufacturing and testing.

As a member of the Masten Team, you will collaborate with small teams of technicians, engineers, designers and managers on our XS-1 launch demonstrator, our terrestrial EDL test beds and our XL-1 lunar lander.

  • Only minimum travel is required
  • Work in an integrated collaborative multi-disciplinary team environment
  • A hands-on position assisting in the fabrication of your design

Responsibilities

  • Design structural elements and configurations in concert with other engineering disciplines
  • Failure analysis of components as it relates to thermal, loads, vibration and shock
  • Assist in the development of ground launch and recovery infrastructure
  • Interface with machine shops and build teams to ensure final designs can be produced in accordance with overall project goals
  • Size control surface actuators
  • Launch and mission operations support

Desired Skills

  • Experience designing mass efficient parts and structures
  • Proficiency using CAD drafting standards such as Global Drawing Requirements or MIL-STD-100
  • Familiarity with Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
  • Handling CAD and drawing CM processes through release
  • Formulating engineering calculations using Excel, MathCad, Matlab and etc.
  • Experience with NASA Design Specifications Engineering and Standards
  • Launch vehicle and spacecraft experience
  • Experience with electromechanical & electrohydraulic actuators
  • Experience with mechatronics

Structures Engineer

Position Summary

We are seeking an experienced Structures Design Engineer to support the development of primary and secondary mechanical structures, aerosurfaces and control systems for our launch vehicles and lunar landers. You will also work on time critical hardware designs and will be familiar with composite and metallic structure design, manufacturing and testing.

As a member of the Masten Team, you will collaborate with small teams of technicians, engineers, designers and managers on our XS-1 launch demonstrator, our terrestrial EDL test beds and our XL-1 lunar lander.

  • Only minimum travel is required
  • Work in an integrated collaborative multi-disciplinary team environment
  • A hands-on position assisting in the fabrication of your design

Responsibilities

  • Develop detailed fabrication and assembly drawings
  • Static test analysis and test correlation
  • Fiber reinforced polymer composite materials
  • Structures for atmospheric test vehicles, spacecraft, or launch vehicles
  • Laminate optimization
  • Dynamic loads analysis
  • Development and application of spacecraft and aircraft loads and environments
  • Progressive failure analysis and damage tolerance
  • NASA and/or FAA structural design standards

Desired Skills

  • Experience with NASA Design Specifications Engineering and Standards
  • Composite design experience or related training courses
  • Proficiency using CAD drafting standards such as Global Drawing Requirements or MIL-STD-100, etc.
  • Familiarity using PDM system for active CAD data management
  • Familiarity with Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (ASME Y14.5M-1994)
  • Handling CAD and drawing CM processes through release
  • Formulating engineering calculations using Excel, MathCad, Matlab and etc.
  • Launch vehicle experience