Aerospace Vehicle Systems

  • Flight Dynamics (reentry dynamics; Monte Carlo simulation, six-degree of freedom modeling; stall, including takeoff and landing, for subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic speeds)
  • Command and Control (open and closed loop tests; stability analysis and testing)
  • Qualification/Acceptance Testing of Vehicle and Ground Systems
  • Tracking (translators and transponders for GPS, radar and other systems)
  • Link Analyses (antennas, receivers, transmitters, plume attenuation)
  • Propulsion (jet, solid, liquid, electric, nuclear, scram jet)
  • Communication (voice, telemetry, command and control)
  • Frequency Standards/Requirements/ Monitoring
  • Attitude Control (cold gas, bi- and mono- propellant)
  • Sensors (star, engine, system, horizon, structure)
  • Health Monitoring (sensors, processors)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Automatic Fail-Over Systems
  • Maintenance/Inspections
  • Back-up Power Supplies
  • Satellite Technology
  • Flight Worthiness
  • Navigation
  • Thermal
  • Loads

System Safety/Quality Assurance Engineering

  • Hazardous Materials/Explosives (modeling; inspections; radio-nuclear; dispersion modeling; toxic/hazardous materials; quantity/distance standards; solid and liquid propellant safety; ordnance testing, storage, handling, installation and transportation)
  • Aerospace Flight Safety (flight dynamics, trajectory dynamics, safety limits analyses, Monte Carlo simulation, hazards and risk analyses, range safety officer functions, range surveillance and notice requirements)
  • Ground Processing Safety (security, inspections, hazardous processing standards/requirements, scheduling around hazardous processing conflicts)
  • System Safety (statistics; hazard analysis; MEA, fault tree, sneak circuit and functional analysis)
  • Human Factors (ergonomics, human error potentials, fatigue and rest standards)
  • Reliability Analysis
  • Quality Assurance

Structural/Mechanical Engineering

  • Thermal Engineering (thermal loads from equipment, launch- and reentry-induced thermal loads, thermal protection systems and capabilities, active and passive thermal control and dissipation)
  • Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue
  • Electromechanical Devices
  • Metals and Composites
  • Form, Fit and Function
  • NASTRAN Modeling
  • Pressure Vessels
  • Maintenance
  • Inspections
  • Hydraulics

Software Engineering

  • Artificial Intelligence/Autonomous Systems Operation
  • Design, Development, Documentation and Testing
  • Independent Verification and Validation
  • System Safety
  • Simulation


  • Space Weather Issues
  • Wind Measurements
  • Adverse Weather
  • Forecasting

Space Transportation Analysis

  • Launch Forecasting
  • Economic Analysis

Environmental Assessment

If you are a U.S. citizen and have education, training or experience in one or more of the aforementioned areas, consider AST. AST offers:

  • ongoing interaction with leading "space" organizations (i.e., Federal agencies, associations, private firms);
  • a dual-purpose mission committed to both safety and entrepreneurial development of the industry;
  • a start-up work environment that demands listening and adaptation to serve its customers;
  • ground-floor participation in an emerging field with new technologies and new players;
  • a work environment that requires technical breadth and depth from every employee;
  • an overview of what is happening in every enterprise in the industry;
  • opportunities for in-service training on the "state-of-the-art";
  • a tangible sense of contribution to the agency's goals;
  • a competitive compensation package; and
  • pay for performance.

All positions are located in metropolitan Washington, D.C. - a national and international seat of power with key policymakers and decision-makers, a cultural center with state-of-the-art knowledge and nationally-ranked public school systems, colleges and universities, accessible public transportation, public parks and a strong sense of neighborhood.

Applications can be submitted to Christina Vernon, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, S.W. #331, Washington, DC 20591.