Lidar Optical Engineer

at Blue Origin LLC in PhoenixPhoenix, Arizona, United States

Job Description

At Blue Origin, we envision millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. We're working to develop reusable, safe, and low-cost space vehicles and systems within a culture of safety, collaboration, and inclusion. Join our diverse team of problem solvers as we add new chapters to the history of spaceflight!   This role is part of the Lunar Transportation business unit, which develops Blue Origin's multiple Blue Moon lander product lines. To further Blue Origin's mission of having millions of people living and working in space, we are building sustainable infrastructure for our transport of crew and cargo from Earth to the lunar surface.   As part of a hardworking team of diverse spacecraft development engineers, you will lead the design of an optical telescope and assembly for use in navigation lidars on a variety of spacecraft and missions. You will participate in the full design life cycle of navigation lidar sensor development, analysis, testing, verification/validation, and flight. You will work closely with the guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) team to seamlessly integrate the lidar navigation system components with the rest of the GN&C. Your contributions will enable flight of state-of-the-art lunar landers and missions.   We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!   Responsibilities: Lead the optical design process for a navigation lidar telescope and associated optical assemblies through the entire lifecycle: from conceptual design to deployment. Create detailed specifications for electro-optical components, including steering mirrors, fiber positioners, and position-sensitive detectors. Optimize optical coating designs for durability and performance in space, including bandpass filters, dichroic, and polarizing beam splitters. Create detailed lens prescriptions to satisfy the requirements of the lidar system. Establish specifications for optical elements including surface roughness and wavefront performance Execute advanced optical analysis leveraging industry-standard software tools for stray light analysis and Structural-Thermal-Optical-Performance (STOP) analysis. Perform and guide testing and analyses such as flight test, thermal vacuum test, vibration test, etc. to validate top-level system specifications and requirements, and to establish performance specifications of the sensors   Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in optical engineering, physics, or related field. 5+ years of optical engineering experience, with a focus on telescopes and electro-optical systems. Proficiency in utilizing optical analysis software and understanding of core optical engineering principles for analyses including ray tracing, throughput, stray light, and STOP analysis. Experience with rapid prototyping and testing of optical... For full info follow application link.   ITAR Requirements   To conform to U.S. Government commercial space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3), applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, lawfully admitted for permanent residence into the U.S. (i.e. current green card holder), or lawfully admitted as a refugee or granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. §  1157-1158.   Learn more about the ITAR here.    Equal Employment Opportunity Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.   Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation Applicants wishing to view a copy of Blue Origin’s Affirmative Action Plans, or applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application and/or interview process, please contact us at    


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Job Posting: 6546934

Posted On: Jun 14, 2024

Updated On: Jul 03, 2024

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