Spacecraft Software and System Engineer (CS-31) - #19504078

Capella Space

Date: Dec 26, 2020
City: San Francisco, CA
Contract type: Full time
Capella Space


Capella is at the forefront of making vital information about our world accessible in a timely manner. We're leveraging proven technologies and building new capabilities to create a constellation of SAR satellites that can collect information about any spot on the planet within an hour.

At Capella you'll work in a collaborative team environment, alongside smart people with a history of space mission success. No prior space experience is needed—we're looking for people excited about tackling seemingly impossible challenges, learning new skills and concepts, and helping each other achieve success.

Our mission and our products are meant to understand the whole world and help everyone in it, regardless of race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.

We value diversity at Capella and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position, but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!


The spacecraft operations team is responsible for building, maintaining, and improving the software, infrastructure, and systems that run Capella spacecraft. We prepare for satellite launches, maintain spacecraft on-orbit, and develop new capabilities to improve how customers can collect and access Earth imagery. The team's focus is on software and system engineering with the goal of developing a fully-autonomous, rapid-response spacecraft operations system. All members of the team at all levels are expected to participate in the on-call rotation that responds to anomalies so that we provide reliable performance our customers can depend on.

We seek to push boundaries and solve challenging problems where there aren't known answers. Learning to be comfortable with uncertainty and taking the initiative are key skills for success. The team values and always strives to maintain a collaborative and supportive environment where supporting each other, teaching, and learning are our core principles—we tackle our challenges together.

In a satellite operations engineering role you will help execute the full life cycle of mission operations including concept of operations development, procedure scripting and testing, activity rehearsals, on-orbit operations, and mission data analysis. The Capella operations team strives for high levels of software autonomy, with operators only on-console to support mission-critical events of launch, commissioning, and on-call anomaly response. Day-to-day responsibilities primarily involve a combination of software and system engineering. The position is available in San Francisco or Boulder.

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