A thriving economy in space is needed to make life on earth more vibrant, sustainable, and equitable. STOKE was founded to build the systems that enable that outcome through a seamlessly connected earth and space.


Rapidly reusable space systems require unique GNC solutions for the journey to space and back again. As the Lead Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Engineer at an early-stage start-up, you will own all elements of GNC development and integration for a reusable launch vehicle.

Your work will include system architecture, requirements definition, algorithm development, simulation modeling, rigorous test, and support of launch operations. Your solutions will have a foundational impact on the success of this organization and your work will be at the forefront of space technology. You must be ready to stay focused, move fast, self-direct, and learn on the fly.


  • Exceptional command of fundamentals
  • Demonstrated skills in modeling, simulation, and analysis software such as MATLAB/Simulink
  • Knowledge of one or more high-level programming languages such as C or C++
  • Proficiency in defining requirements for subsystem sensors and actuators needed to support navigation and control functions (e.g., inertial measurement units, thrust vector control actuators)
  • Proficiency in control system verification through both classical analytical (e.g., linear stability analysis) and simulation-based (e.g., Monte Carlo) methods
  • Familiarity with fundamentals of orbital mechanics and orbital trajectory design
  • Knowledge of systems engineering fundamentals, from requirements definition through verification
  • Ability to lead
  • Ability to follow
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, or similar


  • ‍Gather, define, and document GNC requirements to meet existing and anticipated needs across the launch system
  • Develop software capabilities such as algorithms for vehicle guidance, attitude control, and velocity control.
  • Develop vehicle and environment models to simulate GNC algorithm performance and robustness
  • Develop, analyze, and review data to validate requirements and verify GNC algorithms meet their design intent
  • Ensure system quality and performance through rigorous test
  • Write test plans and testing cases. Lead and execute unit/integration/systems level verification and validation.
  • Collaborate closely with Flight Software engineers to implement GNC algorithms in an integrated flight software and flight hardware test bed.
  • Support launch operations and integrated test for the vehicle and its subsystems
  • Develop capabilities for failure detection and failure management


  • Health insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Paid time off
  • Powder days
  • Flexible scheduling
  • First row seats to rocket launches
  • Unlimited use of rocket emoji

ITAR Requirements

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. Learn more about the ITAR here.