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Mechanical / Mechatronics Architect

Orbit Fab

Orbit Fab

United Kingdom
Posted on Thursday, August 3, 2023

Orbit Fab's mission is to create the foundational infrastructure that will fuel a bustling in-space economy, capable of sustaining permanent jobs in space.

Today, satellites cannot be refueled, which severely constrains their mobility and inhibits the development of economic activities in space.

Orbit Fab breaks the single-use paradigm, pioneering our Gas Stations in Space™ refueling infrastructure and RAFTI™ technology to deliver propellant in space, enabling lower-cost satellite construction, increased maneuverability, precise control, and extended lifespans. The possibilities are unprecedented, opening the doors to unimagined operational strategies and business models.

Since our establishment in 2018, we have already achieved the successful launch of three tankers to space. With offices in both the US and UK, we are working in close collaboration with partners and customers across the space industry. Orbit Fab is rapidly ramping up capabilities and requires exceptional talent to tackle important challenges. Our roles offer wide ranging opportunities to have a demonstrable impact and enable a bustling in space economy.


As a mechatronics architect, you will develop products and systems from concept designs to producing quality flight ready hardware. We have multiple ongoing projects, and we need someone with excellent technical understanding and an ability to juggle priorities, as well as work between component and system level. The primary activity will be owning the development of the GRASP active refuelling interface, seeing it through from the initial design stage to flight qualification.


  • Perform the duties of a lead mechanical engineer on multiple concurrent projects, meeting all deadlines on time.
  • Take ownership of the GRASP active refuelling interface development
  • Guide decision-making processes and development.
  • Define the mechanical system architectures affecting the mission as a whole and the products that will interface with the hardware.
  • Conduct analyses required to satisfy internal requirements for hardware performance, life, and environment.
  • Develop the modelling and design documentation of the mechanical systems using CAD.
  • Support assembly and test including performance, shock, vibration, and space environments.
  • Review and create engineering drawings; ensure drafting best practices are applied to all released drawings.
  • Proactively identify roadblocks to technical progress and take steps to mitigate/avoid them.
  • Produce quality engineering products on time, to demanding schedules.
  • Give effective presentations to the team and customers.
  • Mentor earlier career engineers and interns, where appropriate.


  • Right to work in the UK
  • BS in Mechanical / Aerospace Engineering or relevant field with 3+ years of experience
  • Proficient with computer aided design and analysis tools.
  • Experience developing mechanical structures or mechanism systems for space / aerospace applications.
  • Shows initiative by demonstrating personal ownership of designs, seeking input from the systems and cross functional engineers.
  • Can work autonomously, views work with a critical eye, prepares and gives peer reviews of work prior to critical milestones to peers.
  • Collaborative and team focused.
  • Excellent communication, analytical, organizational, strategic, statistical, and personal skills.
  • An effective sense of urgency and ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast paced, small company environment.


  • Experience leading a team and fostering good practices with earlier career engineers.
  • Experience with LabView and MATLAB.
  • Experience with Onshape and Solidworks CAD software.
  • Experience with analysis software tools, such as Ansys.
  • Have flown flight hardware and followed through on designs from inception to final qualified product.
  • Have experience working with thermal and electrical teams to make better mechanical decisions for product development.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain safety critical code of flight systems in space.
  • Expertise working spacecraft or launch vehicle operations.
  • Familiarity with RPOD Rendezvous, Proximity Operations, and Docking flight operations.

If you feel you would succeed in the role above, we encourage you to apply regardless of whether or not you meet all of the requirements listed.


The estimated salary range for this position is £45,000-£65,000, depending on experience.


The UK Orbit Fab office is based at Harwell Campus, the UK’s preeminent gateway to the space industry, and only a short drive from Oxford with convenient access to London.

We offer a range of benefits that can be discussed during the interview process.


Candidate must have right to work in the UK.

Orbit Fab Inc does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.