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RF Engineer



World View Enterprises



Tucson, AZ, US


World View is on the brink of writing history. We're creating unprecedented access to the near-space environment. It takes an incredible team to turn dreams into reality. We're already doing it, but we're always looking for others that share our passion for tackling big ideas and changing the world in the process. We believe in hiring the best, brightest, and most passionate people on earth. We're a small, agile company looking for people ready to contribute to something greater than themselves. We think big. We think different. We're not fond of mediocrity. We're pioneers charting new territory, opening access to near space, and writing history in the process.

World View is looking for an RF Engineer to take on a leadership role in designing and implementing high reliability Over-The-Horizon (OTH) satellite communications capabilities between the company’s Stratollite vehicles, Mission Control and customer end points. The individual will be responsible for maintaining and upgrading legacy systems while also designing the communications subsystems for the company’s next generation of Stratollite vehicles, ensuring that telemetry, commands, and payload data are transferred seamlessly between end points.   The candidate should have experience with developing link budgets, selecting hardware and service provider solutions to meet requirements, and conducting both ground and flight tests.  Strong analytical problem-solving skills are required, as well as the ability to work in a small team environment.  Experience developing products for space (or near-space) environments is a plus.


Summary of Essential Job Functions

  • Work with Systems Engineers and Payload Engineers to define the end-to-end communications subsystem requirements, including Telemetry & Control (T&C) and sensor payload data downlink needs.
  • Develop communications subsystem solutions that meet all specified requirements.  Conduct trade studies on satellite communications service provider solutions; vehicle communications hardware including antennas, modems and other related components; ground station equipment, etc.
  • Perform communications subsystem analysis and modeling; develop link budgets.
  • Develop the communications subsystem architecture.
  • Ensure platform Comm links are compatible with hosted sensor payload technologies (e.g., radar, electro-optical, etc.).
  • Test communications equipment at the unit, subsystem and system (ground and flight). Develop acceptance and qualification test plans and procedures.
  • Develop training materials for nominal and off nominal operations of the communications subsystem for Mission Control personnel.
  • Stay abreast of satcom technology and current and planned satcom service solutions; recommend communications subsystem upgrades as needed.
Qualifications and Requirements
  • BS in related engineering field (physics, electrical engineering, systems engineering) and minimum of 5 years of RF engineering experience.
  • MS in related engineering field (physics, electrical engineering, systems engineering) and minimum of 2 years of RF engineering experience.


  • Demonstrated accomplishments in the design, development, testing and implementation of end-to-end satellite communications systems for airborne platforms. 
  • Familiarity with RF communications system analysis methods and tools.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced cross-functional environment, make quality decisions, and meet challenging deadlines.

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