RF Avionics Engineer

ABL Space Systems

ABL Space Systems

El Segundo, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2023
ABL Space Systems was founded in 2017 by veterans of SpaceX and Morgan Stanley to develop low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite industry. More importantly, we’re building a launch system we are truly proud of – no gimmicks or over-design, just reliable, rapidly deployable launches. We’re an ambitious team with big goals and, together, we’re determined to prove that reaching space can be simple, efficient, and routine.
When launch day arrives, we want you by our side
ABL’s Avionics Engineers know they are critical to mission success, bridging the gap between hardware responsible for producing thousands of pounds of thrust and software guiding the payload safely to the correct orbit.


  • Gather, define, and document requirements to meet existing and anticipated needs across the launch vehicle
  • Prepare and lead system design reviews
  • Perform end-to-end system analyses such as power-budgets, RF link budgets, and network bandwidth assessments
  • Simulate and model communications systems
  • Lead the selection, integration, and maintenance of ground support rack hardware and software
  • Support system-level integration, test, and operations
  • Provide technical support to flight sciences, test, operations, and regulatory team


  • B.S. in Aerospace or Electrical Engineering (EE), Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science (CS), Computer Engineering (CE) or similar from an accredited university
  • 2+ years experience in the development of aircraft, missile, spacecraft or similar electronic/avionic systems


  • Understanding of RF fundamentals and system design principles
  • In-depth knowledge of wireless communication systems
  • Experience with antenna pattern analysis
  • Experience generating and managing RF budgets
  • Experience with GNU Radio or similar signal processing libraries
  • Experience with Matlab, C/C++ and/or Python for algorithm development, modeling and link-level simulation
  • Experience with RF test equipment and measurement techniques
  • Experience with antennas, modems, Software Defined Radios (SDR) and associated networking equipment used in wireless communications
  • Strong project management skills, detail oriented, organized, and able to demonstrate a high sense of urgency
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
ITAR Requirement
This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations. As such, US person status (including US citizens, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) is a required qualification for this position.
Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.