Network Engineer - New Shepard

Blue Origin   •  

Kent, WA

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


5 - 7 years

Posted 34 days ago


As a part of a rapidly evolving team, you will create, secure, and manage 21stCentury ground, vehicle, and flight networks. Using the latest technologies, you will build systems that will become the foundation of a company that is doing things for which there is no blueprint. We seek network engineers who are passionate about space and possess a strong desire to serve on a team that is the backbone of the human flight vehicle.


  • Work closely with Network Architect to develop one-of-a-kind space launch vehicle flight network using Ethernet/IP packet based technology
  • Independently validate all the flight network specifications and requirements provided by the network architect, avionics hardware and software engineers
  • Independently verify all the flight network systems in our Hardware-In-The-Loop(HIL) Laboratory and our launch sites against the network functional and performance requirements, such as network latency, jitter, loss of packet, etc
  • Perform trade study to develop or procure cost-effective network verification/test infrastructure, such as data capturing and analysis tools, network traffic simulators, performance measurement tools, etc.
  • Hands-on on the deployment of the flight network equipment in test bench, HIL and launch sites
  • Research the network performance visualization technology, perform periodic network performance analysis and present to various pathfinding stakeholders
  • Configure and maintain control of all flight networks equipment settings
  • Lead the flight network commissioning activities and keep the flight network flight-ready via scheduled checkout and maintenance actions
  • Interface with Blue Origin IT personnel to secure all flight networks traffic via firewall deployment


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science, networking or equivalent
  • 5+ years of design and advanced testing experience as a practicing network engineer (not IT administrator)
  • In-depth understanding of network Layer 1/2/3 protocols and applications, such as multicast/unicast, PIM, Precision Timing Protocol (PTP), VLAN tagging, network traffic QoS, OSPF, Timing Sensitive/Triggered Ethernet, etc.
  • Ability to understand and develop various software scripting languages
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team of highly skilled software engineers
  • Travel as needed to support launch operations, maintenance, or new network deployments
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum


  • 8+ years of design and advanced testing experience as a practicing network engineer (not IT administrator)
  • Experience or training in formal systems engineering, including requirements development, analysis, and verification
  • Familiarity with deterministic Ethernet applications and technologies, such as Time-Triggered Ethernet (AS6802), ARINC 664/AFDX, EtherCAT, Industrial Ethernet
  • Experience with RF datalink systems
  • Knowledge of formal issue and change tracking systems (JIRA, Trac, SVN, etc.)
  • Understanding of fault tolerant, fail-operational network designs
  • Proficient in both Windows and Linux
  • Background in one or more of the following: Satellite/Telecommunications, Aviation/Aerospace, Mission/Ground Control Centers, Operational Environments, and/or Safety Critical Networks