Engineering Internship at Inversion Space (S21)
Low-cost return from space
About Inversion Space

Inversion is a startup based in Los Angeles founded by SpaceX, Relativity, and ABL Space Systems alum. Inversion is building low-cost space capsules, which are ~4ft in diameter, that will return cargo back to Earth. With the booming launch vehicle industry, it has never been easier and cheaper to get up to space. But these trips are still mainly one-way. With launch solved and improving, now is the time to build an affordable way back from space. Inversion is filling this gap. Inversion’s mission is to build the first affordable, high cadence return capability for the commercial and defense industries. Inversion is the latest company to come out of Y Combinator, a business accelerator with alumni like Relativity, Boom Supersonic, Airbnb, and many others. Inversion is looking for incredibly talented and driven engineers who want to work on a small team, own systems from start to finish, and make a massive impact.

About the role

Inversion is building low-cost space capsules that return cargo back to Earth. This next-generation class of space vehicle will finally be able to provide high-frequency return of research, goods, supplies, and equipment that is critical for all future commercial activities and supply chains in space. Affordable launch is solved. It's time for affordable return. We’re a hungry team looking to bring a first-of-its-kind capability to the market. With strong financial backing (including Spark Capital, Y Combinator, Jordan Noone, and many others), we’re set to make this a reality.

Inversion Engineers completely own systems from design to integration. There is no playbook for what we are doing, so every day is full of new challenges. Working for an early-stage startup means you get to shape the direction of the company, and if it is successful or if it dies. The stakes are total.

Listen, we’ve been there. This is not one of the boring internships where you have nothing to do for half the day. At Inversion, you will be given flight critical projects that you will own from beginning to end. The projects will challenge you to learn quickly, determine the correct path on your own, and make it happen no matter what. There will be late nights, high stakes, and real impact in bringing the first affordable downmass vehicle to market. If you are meant for more than being a cog in the machine, Inversion is the place where you can shape the future.  

We love experience on projects teams!

  • Rocket Teams
  • Formula SAE
  • AIAA Design/Build/Fly
  • Autonomous vehicles and Robotics
  • Hack-a-thons
  • Solar Car
  • Personal Projects

Inversion Interns are great at:

  • Owning hardware through Design, Development, Manufacturing, Testing, and Flight.
  • Thriving under uncertain conditions. There is no playbook for what we are doing! 
  • Progressing incredibly quickly. Speed is what sets us apart!

If this is you, Inversion is the place to take yourself to the next level! 

Additional Requirements

·        Position may require extended work hours and weekend work.

·        Position may require standing, bending, and working directly with hardware on the floor for extended periods of time.


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.


Arc is a low-cost 4-foot diameter space capsule designed to be launched as a payload on any rocket at unprecedented mission cadences. Arc can interface with Government and Commercial Space Stations as well as act as a free flier. Arc enables high cadence and low-cost resupply and return from space stations, enabling countless commercial applications of LEO.

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