Mechanical/Thermal Engineer

Xona Space Systems

San Mateo, CA, USA

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

Mar 5

Interested in building a new generation of GNSS satellites at the speed of new space?

GNSS (GPS) creates upwards of $500B in economic value in the US every year, supporting everything from consumer applications, to transportation systems, to time sync for critical infrastructure. As these industries progress towards autonomy the performance and security demands of their navigation systems are increasing beyond what GNSS can support, leaving a need for a cost-effective global solution.

Using lessons we've learned at places like SpaceX and Blue Origin, Xona is constructing a modern satellite network at the rapid pace of the new space industry leveraging the recent wave of technology and regulatory advancements. Building on our patent pending small satellite architecture, we are developing a robust and accurate service that is an independent alternative to GNSS rather than a correction, solving the longstanding challenge of obtaining a reliable high accuracy solution from the very fragile GNSS signals. Our satellite system will provide the first ever high-accuracy global navigation and timing services with the security and resilience modern applications need to operate safely at scale.

At Xona you will develop state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions to solve real problems that can have a massive world impact. Xona is driven by the mission to enable modern devices to operate safely in any environment, anywhere on Earth, and unlock the true potential of the age of autonomy.

This mechanical/thermal engineer position will be part of the satellite group, working closely with mechanical, electrical, and RF team members on the development of satellite payloads and buses. The satellite group is a fast-moving agile team that relies on good communication and shared expertise to yield the hardware that will fly on future Xona missions. This position offers to opportunity to have ownership of satellite hardware from design, through analysis and prototyping, manufacturing, and assembly. Your responsibilities will include both original design work as well as updates and maintenance of existing designs.

Desired Qualifications (not all are expected):

  • Experience with the design, manufacturing, and assembly processes of satellite hardware (CubeSat, ESPA-class, etc.)
  • Experience with Thermal Desktop
  • Experience with structural FEA software (Ansys, NASTRAN, etc)
  • Experience with SolidWorks
  • Experience with Solidworks PDM
  • Experience with the creation of pertinent engineering documentation, including detailed fabrication drawings, assembly drawings, bills of material (BOM) and work instructions
  • Familiarity with designing precision machined parts with knowledge of machine shop and manufacturing processes.
  • Familiarity with electronics packaging and PCB design

Required Qualifications:

  • Creative and flexible thinking to determine possible resolutions
  • Familiarity with satellite structures, materials, processes, and design trade space
  • To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e. Green Card holder), or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

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