Embedded Flight Software Engineer

| Lafayette, CO, USA
Employer Provided Salary: 120,000-160,000 Annually
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Orbit Fab's mission is to create the foundational infrastructure that will fuel a bustling in-space economy, capable of sustaining permanent jobs in space. 

Today, satellites cannot be refueled, which severely constrains their mobility and inhibits the development of economic activities in space. 

Orbit Fab breaks the single-use paradigm, pioneering our Gas Stations in Space™ refueling infrastructure and RAFTI™ technology to deliver propellant in space, enabling lower-cost satellite construction, increased maneuverability, precise control, and extended lifespans. The possibilities are unprecedented, opening the doors to unimagined operational strategies and business models. 

Since our establishment in 2018, we have already achieved the successful launch of three tankers to space. With offices in both the US and UK, we are working in close collaboration with partners and customers across the space industry. Orbit Fab is rapidly ramping up capabilities and requires exceptional talent to tackle important challenges. Our roles offer wide ranging opportunities to have a demonstrable impact and enable a bustling in space economy. 

Role

You would be responsible for developing flight software and firmware to support a variety of upcoming Orbit Fab missions. This position works hybrid out of our Lafayette, CO office, the number of days needed on site may vary each week but regular in-person collaboration is needed to be successful in this role. You'll perform coding, debugging, testing, and troubleshooting of systems and software throughout our development process. Your technical duties involve the design and development of new software products throughout the product lifecycle. A major emphasis will be on reliable software that will perform safety critical functions for a payload in orbit.

Responsibilities

  • Develop critical flight software for Orbit Fab's technologies.

  • Architect, plan and implement software/firmware solutions for system communication and coordination to meet mission CONOPS.

  • Implement and test software to ensure compliance with systems requirements.

  • Assist in overall system design and development, providing input to key decisions and reviews from a software perspective.

  • Perform documentation of the structure and functionality of flight software.

  • Directly interact with the customers, both government and commercial.

  • Manage software project/tasks and interactions with contractors and vendors to meet the needs of the project.

 

Qualifications

    • BS degree in engineering from an accredited engineering school and five (5) years of related engineering experience, or MS degree from an accredited engineering school and three (3) years of related engineering experience, or Ph.D. from an accredited engineering school and zero (0) years of related experience.

    • 5+ years of demonstrated applicable experience in embedded flight software development, including:

      • Bare metal C Programming.

      • Experience with developing code on ARM Cortex processors.

      • Experience with Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS) or with Embedded Linux.

      • Low-level driver development (SPI, UART, I2C, CAN, etc.) for interfacing with hardware peripherals.

    • Experience integrating hardware actuators and sensors and performing hardware-in-the-loop development.

    • Expertise working in a diverse, multidisciplinary team environment that includes business communication and diverse engineering disciplines.

    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

    • The ability to work hybrid out of our Lafayette, CO office

Nice to Have

  • Ability to manage, mentor, and retain a team of talented software engineers.
  • Experience with radiation effects as well as writing software for radiation environments.

  • Experience in a startup or agile development environment.

  • Experience with MATLAB, Python, and Linux.

  • Experience with software development tools such as Git, Jira, Confluence.

  • Familiarity with software related to spacecraft command and telemetry handling.

  • Familiarity and expertise with control theory and closed loop hardware control.

  • Experience with FDIR, anomaly resolution, code coverage, PIL/HWIL/SIL

  • Experience with CI/CD tools (Docker, pipelines/runners, static analysis, Github Actions)
  • Experience with motor control (stepper, brushless DC and/or servo)

The estimated salary range for this position is $120,000-160,000

 

Research shows that while men apply to jobs where they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalized people tend to only apply when they meet 100% of the qualifications. At Orbit Fab, we value respectful debate and people who aren’t afraid to challenge assumptions. We strongly encourage you to apply if you feel you would succeed in the role above.

 

Location and Benefits

Orbit Fab is based out of Lafayette, Colorado and all roles are based in Colorado. We offer fully covered benefits, discretionary time off, and flexible work hours.

 

Eligibility

Some job roles may be limited to US Persons (22 CFR 120.62 “U.S. person”).

Orbit Fab Inc does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • CADLanguages

Location

Orbit Fab is located in Lafayette, right down the street from Acreage by STEM ciders! Our office is a 30 minute drive from downtown Denver and a quick 20 minutes from downtown Boulder. You're only a short drive away from a variety of restaurants including Chipotle, Noodles & Co, Starbucks and more.

An Insider's view of Orbit Fab

What are some social events your company does?

Orbit Fab values a balance of working hard and playing hard. Recently, we were given a Friday off to enjoy the second annual Orbit Fab ski trip, a long weekend of snow-sports, good food, and enjoying beautiful Colorado. I have the pleasure of coming to work everyday and being surrounded by genuinely great people who have become my friends.

Anna Humphreys

Test Engineer II

What projects are you most excited about?

There’s no shortage of projects to be excited about at Orbit Fab! We’re constructing multiple ESD-protected clean rooms, a Nitrogen distribution system for the facility, and building out an advanced fabrication shop, just to name a few. I’ve also enjoyed developing new and creative spaces for the teams to work and relax as we rapidly grow.

Travis Brase

Facilities Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I’ve grown 10x faster and better in both a career and personal standpoint than I would have anywhere else. Within a year and a half of being at the company, I went from a BD Associate to leading BD for Advanced Programs AND stepping into an important marketing leadership role. I’ve also grown my network tremendously throughout the space industry.

Camille Bergin

Advanced Programs Business Development Lead

What is your vision for the company?

Getting people off this rock will be the most fundamental & positive paradigm shift for humanity. Our vision for the company is to create a bustling in-space economy that can support permanent jobs in space.

Daniel Faber

CEO

What does your typical day look like?

Typically in this kind of environment you're picking up new things most days and adapting quickly to problems you haven’t come across before. There’s a lot of variety here and that keeps things new and challenging. Not to mention all the talented and motivated individuals that teach you new things!

Juan Rodelo-Castillo

Propulsion, Thermal, Fluids Engineer 1

What are Orbit Fab Perks + Benefits

Orbit Fab Benefits Overview

Generous Paid Time Off Policies, hybrid work schedule, 100% of medical premiums covered for employees, short & long term disability, life insurance, 401k plan, stock options

Culture
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Orbit Fab offers a flexible schedule outside of core hours (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.). Employees can enjoy a hybrid schedule on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Health Insurance + Wellness
Disability insurance
Orbit Fab's long-term disability insurance benefit is 60% of an employee's annual salary up to a $6,000 maximum monthly payout. Short-term disability insurance benefit is 60% of salary, max $1500/wk.
Dental insurance
Orbit Fab covers 99% of the premium for employees and 50% of the premium for dependents.
Vision insurance
Orbit Fab covers 99% of the premium for employees and 50% of the premium for dependents.
Health insurance
Orbit Fab covers 100% of the premium for employees and 50% of the premium for dependents. We offer a plan with an HSA as well.
Life insurance
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
Company equity
Orbit Fab offers stock options through its employee profit sharing program, including vesting over a four-year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Orbit Fab offers up to 14 weeks of paid parental leave for new parents..
Vacation + Time Off
Unlimited vacation policy
Generous PTO
Office Perks
Free snacks and drinks
Orbit Fab has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the energy drinks you can handle.
Some meals provided
Orbit Fab has partnered with Grubhub for lunches. Employees have 2 credits weekly to use for their meals.
Company-sponsored happy hours
Orbit Fab provides 2x monthly happy hours at local bars!
Onsite office parking
Pet friendly
Mondays at Orbit Fab are dog friendly!
Professional Development
Lunch and learns

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