SLD Ground Software Engineer-Lunar Transportation III (R37032)

Denver, CO, United States


Full Time

22 days ago

Job description

At Blue Origin, we envision millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. We’re working to develop reusable, safe, and low-cost space vehicles and systems within a culture of safety, collaboration, and inclusion. Join our diverse team of problem solvers as we add new chapters to the history of spaceflight!  


Lunar: This role is part of the Lunar Transportation business unit. To further Blue Origin's mission of having millions of people living and working in space, we are building the sustainable infrastructure for our transport of crew and cargo from Earth to the Lunar Surface.

Codes and develops software and applications creating distinct code in the design and development of software meant for exclusive purposes or users while providing custom configuration and solutions, however, their role is not customization and configuration of commercial software meant for broad applications and uses. Conducts requirement analysis, documents technical specifications, and writes, reviews, and debugs code. Recommends product revisions or enhancements based on user feedback. Develops and maintains documentation or user manuals. Responsible for the analysis, design, development, test, verification, release, and operations of the software in support of our business and functional units.

Special Mentions

  • Relocation provided
  • Travel expected up to 0-10% of the time
  • Shifts available:
  • A Shift (Day Shift) Monday-Friday onsite
  • Interviews will include a technical assessment


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Design, implement, test, verify and deploy mission operations, safety-critical software systems, ensuring the success of the overall Ground Data System (hardware/software) supporting space flight operations.
  • Perform trade studies to resolve whether to develop software tools in-house, subcontract work to develop tools, or adapt or purchase existing software to perform a particular function.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams, including engineers representing space vehicle systems, mission-control infrastructure, operations fields, and customers to define software requirements, architectures, and designs.
  • Develop rapid prototypes to prove out concepts and quantify technical risks.
  • Coordinate with mission control infrastructure and mission system engineers to plan, develop, and lead system verification and qualification, to ensure software products that meet system requirements and safety-critical standards.
  • Produce and contribute to documentation for software architecture, design, verification plans, user manuals and training material.
  • Follow software development processes that meet Blue Origin and customer-required standards to ensure software safety and reliability.
  • Support frequent update cycles in support of pre-flight testing, mission validation exercises and events related to operations training.
  • Support mission control software operations responsibilities (maintenance, flaw correction, improvements) during operator training; ground data system verification, validation, and certification; spacecraft integration; and flight.
  • Integrate software components, build and run unit-level and system-level tests, validate using Software-in-the-Loop and Hardware-in-the-Loop simulators, and release certified code.

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.S. or higher degree in Software or Engineering related field.
  • 5+ years of software development experience
  • Proven software development in C++.
  • Experience in full lifecycle software engineering. Including: system design; architecting requirements gathering; software implementation and verification, system integration, and release.
  • Confirmed skills in software build automation, continuous integration, configuration management, verification, and deployment.
  • Familiarity with Linux environment and basic Unix system administration activities.
  • Passion for spaceflight and space exploration.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


Preferred Qualifications

  • 3+ years of proven ability in developing software supporting systems in critical applications (e.g. aviation, spaceflight, nuclear power, business-critical web services, etc.)
  • Proven software development in C and/or Python.
  • Experience crafting and developing software for aerospace operations.
  • On-console operations experience in space-flight operations, or in other safety-critical operations.
  • Familiar with infrastructure-as-code, services-as-code, and cloud technologies.
  • Understanding of space-based communications protocols, such as CCSDS.
  • SD compliance experience with safety-critical standards, such as DO-178 or NPR 7150.2.
  • Experience with fault-tolerant software design, human error assessment, and human error prevention and fault tolerance.
  • Experience with spacecraft subsystems and associated software.


Compensation range for on site CO applicants is
$129,690$190,212 USD

Inclusivity Statement

Don’t meet all desired requirements? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every desired qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.



Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave (must be employed at time of birth or adoption), short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program available after 1 year of service.

Paid Time Off:  Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays for all regular employees (including part-time), fixed-term, and interns.

Discretionary bonus: Employees may be eligible for discretionary bonuses in addition to base pay. Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, including the Washington Fair Chance Act, the California Fair Chance Act, the Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.


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