Flight Software Engineer

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Irvine, California, United States

$95-150k

Full Time

8 months ago

Job description

Turion Space is seeking skilled Flight Software engineers. We are a new space startup that is growing fast with one satellite in space and at least 6 more planned in the next two years.

As a Flight Software Engineer, you will work directly with the Turion team to assist in the architecture, development, and testing of the flight software that commands and monitors our spacecraft fleet. In your role as a flight software engineer you will directly impact the architecture of the vehicle's software and computer systems as the missions increase in complexity. 

Day to day tasks include bus design, software architecture planning, driver development, complex mission capabilities implementation, fault detection isolation and recovery implementation, as well as coordinating with other teams. 

Well qualified candidates with relevant prior experience will be considered for the position of Senior Flight Software Engineer. If a candidate performs well there is the potential for promotion to flight software lead within 4 to 6 months. 

Key Responsibilities


  • Design, develop and validate complex embedded spacecraft flight software
  • Write drivers to interface with various spacecraft components
  • Other complex embedded software engineering tasks including board bring up, boot-loader development, filesystem implementation, operating system configuration and modification, protocol implementation. 
  • Implement software for automated testing at component, functional, and system levels, including HITL (Hardware in the Loop) testing
  • Select flight computers, and design overall satellite software architecture
  • Integrating and testing flight software with our mission control system. 
  • Assist in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring additional teammates to our rapidly-growing team

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in CS, EE (or equivalent expirence in the field)
  • Experience with embedded systems programming (C/C++)
  • Experience in implementing embedded software solutions on spacecraft missions or other similar complex embedded systems
  • Demonstrated ability to personally design, build, and test embedded software from scratch
  • Capable of identifying and solving complex problems with little to no supervision or direction
  • Must be able to work extended hours and weekends as needed on occasion 
  • Experience with Linux and shell command-line tools

Preferred Skills and Experience


  • Familiarity with commonly used protocols and standards for spacecraft communications, such as CCSDS, CAN, SpaceWire
  • 2+ years experience developing flight software for spacecraft missions
  • Experience writing drivers for interfacing with hardware
  • Experience working with operating systems, file systems, and bootloaders
  • Experience with Python (or other high-level OO scripting language(s))


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