[P126] Launchpad Infrastructure Engineer

Parque Industrial de Elche (Poligono Industrial), España


As Launchpad Infrastructures Engineer your mission is to design, develop, and maintain the infrastructure necessary to support the successful launch of MIURA family rockets from our launch facilities in Huelva and Kourou (French Guiana). You will play a crucial role in ensuring the reliability, scalability, and security of our launchpad infrastructure, enabling the safe and efficient execution of launch missions. 


  • Design and develop launchpad infrastructure, including launch vehicle integration systems, propellant storage and distribution systems, and ground support equipment. 
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to understand launch vehicle requirements and implement necessary infrastructure enhancements. 
  • Ensure compliance with industry standards, safety regulations, and best practices for launchpad operations. 
  • Conduct regular inspections and maintenance activities to guarantee the operational readiness of the launchpad infrastructure. 
  • Troubleshoot and resolve infrastructure-related issues to minimize downtime and maintain optimal launchpad performance. 
  • Conduct risk assessments and develop contingency plans to address potential infrastructure failures or emergencies. 
  • Participate in the development and execution of launchpad tests, including static fire tests and countdown simulations. 
  • Stay updated on emerging technologies and industry trends related to launchpad infrastructure and recommend improvements or upgrades as needed. 
  • Collaborate with external vendors and contractors to procure necessary equipment and services for launchpad operations. 
  • Document all infrastructure-related activities, including designs, procedures, maintenance logs, and incident reports. 
  • Collaborate with external entities and national and international range Authorities. 
  • Generate documentation, including user guides, guidelines and user manuals for internal customers use. 
  • Generate documentation for formal program development reviews. 

Required knowledge

  • Mechanical Engineering Bachelor’s degree or demonstrable relevant experience in lieu thereof. 
  • > 3 years of relevant technical experience. 
  • Demonstrated experience in design industrial machinery, hydraulics or fluid and gas lines such as water, liquid oxygen, kerosene, nitrogen, or helium. 
  • Knowledge in selection and application of design criteria and rules, materials, strengths, and other mechanical properties, according to the loading conditions, working environment, etc. 
  • High degree of CAD competence and PDM tools. 
  • Preferred software: Siemens NX and Teamcenter. 
  • Knowledge of safety protocols, regulations, and industry standards applicable to launchpad operations. 
  • Familiarity with risk assessment and mitigation strategies in high-stakes environments. 
  • Understanding of networking concepts and experience with network infrastructure design and implementation. 

Required competences

  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills to identify and address infrastructure challenges. 
  • Excellent communication and collaboration abilities to work effectively with cross-functional teams and external stakeholders. 
  • Attention to detail and a focus on quality to ensure the reliability and safety of launchpad infrastructure. 
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects simultaneously. 
  • Willingness to adapt to evolving technologies and industry practices. 
  • Self-motivated and able to work under pressure to meet deadlines, dealing with situations that are constrained by time and managing different tasks at once. 
  • Able to work autonomously with little supervision.  
  • Knowledge in industrial communication buses, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), human-machine interfaces (HMIs), sensors, actuators, and other devices. 
  • English and/or French B2-C1.

Desired competences
  • Previous experience working in the aerospace or space industry, particularly in launchpad infrastructure development or operations. 
  • Familiarity with rocket launch systems, including propellant loading, umbilical connections, and launch vehicle integration. 
  • Knowledge of environmental impact assessments and regulatory compliance in the context of launchpad operations. 
  • Experience with automation and control systems used in launchpad operations. 


  • Location: Elche 
  • Full time position  
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel domestically and internationally as required, in particular to French Guiana (FR), during implementation phase. 

Equal Employment Opportunity

Payload Aerospace SL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability.

We are compromised in maintaining a diverse and free from discrimination working environment where everyone is treated with respect. Employment is based on an individual’s merit and qualifications, directly related to job competence.

These principles are included in all aspects of employment: recruiting, hiring, training, compensation and benefits, and promotion.