Spacecraft Payload Integration Manager

Firefly Aerospace

Firefly Aerospace

Cedar Park, TX, USA
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2023


Firefly Aerospace Inc. is an American end-to-end space transportation company committed to providing economical and convenient access to space for small payloads through the design, manufacture, and operation of reliable launch and spacecraft vehicles.

We are achieving this by supporting a work culture that empowers employees to dream big as they enable new technology innovations with game-changing efficiencies in LEO, on the Moon, and beyond. We are looking for incredibly passionate, bright innovators to join our team as we deliver game changing commercial products to space.


We are seeking an outgoing, proactive, organized, and effective systems engineer to manage payload integration for our lunar lander. This person must have systems, integration, test, and launch experience, specific to aerospace hardware. We also need this person to have the communication and relationship skills required to interface with all engineering disciplines at Firefly involved in the development of a lunar lander and with outside organizations like the FAA, USAF, NASA, NOAA, and a variety of Commercial customers.


  • Be the primary engineering and programmatic interface between the Firefly engineering teams and NASA and other lunar payload customers.
  • Manage the development and coordination of the key mission performance and interface requirements and document it all in an Interface control Document (ICD) for interfaces between the customer payload and spacecraft.
  • Comprehend and manage technical issues related to form, fit, and function of the payload(s), loads, dynamic environments, thermal, EMI/EMC, contamination, mass properties, mechanical interface, electrical interface, data interfaces, and operations.
  • Planning and management of hardware and software related activities including fit checks, spacecraft integration, spacecraft acceptance testing, launch, and operations planning and execution for the full duration lunar mission.
  • Domestic travel for technical interchange meetings and design reviews with NASA, and other customers.
  • Work closely with each engineering discipline within Firefly to help generate and evaluate acceptable analysis factors of safety and test plans that meet both Range requirements and Mission Assurance requirements.



  • Bachelors’ degree in aerospace engineering or related field.
  • Experience integrating spacecraft.
  • 5+ years’ experience in the aerospace industry
  • Experience working as the primary interface with an aerospace customer.
  • Basic working knowledge of aerospace qualification and acceptance testing defined by SMC-S-016 or GEVS.
  • Basic working knowledge of AFSPCMAN-91-710, MIL-STD-882, RCC-319-14 and NASA Standards 8719.13.
  • Excellent communications skills (written and oral). Able to communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings to peers, management, and external customers.


  • Experience integrating payloads onto spacecraft or spacecraft to launch vehicles.
  • Experience with deployment mechanisms or with robotics and actuators for spacecraft.
  • Experience working with vendors
  • Experience in writing proposals and in business development
  • Experience with Risk Management

Firefly offers outstanding benefits for our employees, including generous health, dental and vision plans with low plan deductibles, parental leave, educational reimbursement, short term disability, pet Insurance, and flexible PTO options.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Firefly Aerospace, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Firefly is governed based on merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.