SpaceX hiring for Dragon 2 manned spacecraft heats up

1 week ago by Joshua Fruhlinger in Trends

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So far, Elon Musk's private space Space Exploration Technologies Corp, otherwise known as SpaceX ($SPACEX), has been firing unmanned cargo spacecraft into space to drop off satellites and, in some cases, red sports cars. 

But one of Musk's most ambitious goals is to get humans into space and ultimately onto the surface of Mars. 

The Dragon 2 will be the next-generation manned SpaceX vehicle. It's described as a human-rated vehicle that will feature everything from larger windows to updated avionics and solar arrays and, of course, the ability to keep humans alive longer inside for, yes, longer missions. (Until then, a human-capable version of Dragon could bring two astronauts into space next spring).

Dragon 2 was first unveiled to the public on May 29, 2014 and was, at the time, relative fantasy, with stated plans for un-manned tests as soon as the fall of 2018.

It appears that just may happen, as hiring data tells us that SpaceX is quickly building up its Dragon 2 team.

Beginning in mid-April 2018, hiring for positions with the term "Dragon 2" in their titles has rocketed (heh) to a high of 13 positions as of mid-July.

So far, all of the positions are based at SpaceX's Hawthorne facility. They are listed as such:

As Of Date

Title

Category

Location Text

Posted Date

20180718

Dragon 2 Mechanical Engineer

Vehicle Engineering - Mechanical Design and Development

Hawthorne, CA, United States

20180627

20180718

Dragon 2 Mechanical Engineer (Interior Structures)

Vehicle Engineering - Mechanical Design and Development

Hawthorne, CA, United States

20180702

20180718

Dragon 2 Propulsion Engineer

Propulsion - Engine Design and Development

Hawthorne, CA, United States

20180514

20180718

Integration & Test Engineer (Dragon 2)

Manufacturing and Production - Engineering

Hawthorne, CA, United States

20180703

20180718

Integration Technician - Dragon 2 Spacecraft

Manufacturing and Production - Technicians and Trade Skills

Hawthorne, CA, United States

20180713

20180718

Manager, Manufacturing Engineering (Dragon 2 Fluid Systems)

Manufacturing and Production - Leadership

Hawthorne, CA, United States

20180711

20180718

Manufacturing Development Engineer (Dragon 2 Life Support Systems)

Vehicle Engineering - Mechanical Design and Development

Hawthorne, CA, United States

20180711

20180718

Manufacturing Development Engineer (Dragon 2 Propulsion Systems)

Manufacturing and Production - Engineering

Hawthorne, CA, United States

20180712

20180718

Manufacturing Development Engineer, Composites (Dragon 2)

Vehicle Engineering - Mechanical Design and Development

Hawthorne, CA, United States

20180620

20180718

Propulsion Test Engineer (Dragon 2)

Vehicle Engineering - Mechanical Design and Development

Hawthorne, CA, United States

20180605

20180718

Test Automation Engineer, Dragon 2

Vehicle Engineering - Mechanical Design and Development

Hawthorne, CA, United States

20180702

20180718

Test Specialist (Dragon 2)

Vehicle Engineering - Mechanical Design and Development

Hawthorne, CA, United States

20180702

20180718

Thermal Fluid Systems Engineer (Dragon 2)

Vehicle Engineering - Dynamics Design and Analysis

Hawthorne, CA, United States

20180620

The first "Dragon 2" position posted on SpaceX's careers site (at least since we've been tracking) was for a "Dragon 2 Composites Manufacturing Engineer" posted on December 9, 2016. That position disappeared on or around January 27, 2017, likely because it was filled.

It wasn't until September 22, 2017 — a full eight months later — that Dragon 2 positions showed up again, when SpaceX was looking for a "Test Equipment Engineer". Around the same time, the company began a search for a "Thermal Fluid Systems Engineer". Then, in November 2017 positions for a "Dragon 2 Mechanical Engineer" and a "Dragon 2 Propulsion Engineer" showed up.

Those positions appeared to remain open until March 15 of this year when a search began for a "Propulsion Build Engineer". And then we see the spike in openings beginning this summer.

In other words, things are a-go for Dragon 2.

Whatever is happening behind the scenes when it comes to manned SpaceX flights on Dragon 2, it does indeed appear that the project continued to be funded, hired for, and moving along.

As mentioned, NASA just introduced the world to the two astronauts who will launch aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft atop the current-generation Falcon 9 rocket.

Joshua Fruhlinger

Joshua has been writing about technology, lifestyle, and business for over 20 years. He's one of the original writers and editors for Engadget, and still writes a...

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