Satellite Manager

Xona Space Systems

San Mateo, CA, USA

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

Mar 5

Interested in building a new generation of GNSS satellites at the speed of new space?

GNSS (GPS) creates upwards of $500B in economic value in the US every year, supporting everything from consumer applications, to transportation systems, to time sync for critical infrastructure. As these industries progress towards autonomy the performance and security demands of their navigation systems are increasing beyond what GNSS can support, leaving a need for a cost-effective global solution.

Using lessons we've learned at places like SpaceX and Blue Origin, Xona is constructing a modern satellite network at the rapid pace of the new space industry leveraging the recent wave of technology and regulatory advancements. Building on our patent pending small satellite architecture, we are developing a robust and accurate service that is an independent alternative to GNSS rather than a correction, solving the longstanding challenge of obtaining a reliable high accuracy solution from the very fragile GNSS signals. Our satellite system will provide the first ever high-accuracy global navigation and timing services with the security and resilience modern applications need to operate safely at scale.

At Xona you will develop state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions to solve real problems that can have a massive world impact. Xona is driven by the mission to enable modern devices to operate safely in any environment, anywhere on Earth, and unlock the true potential of the age of autonomy. 

The satellite manager will need to manage the satellite team including hardware, firmware, mechancial, thermal, and systems engineering as it is required throughout the duration of the mission. They will be responsible for the bus selection and coordination to keep the payload development on track. They will need to work closely with the navigation, signals, and software team to integrate the requirements of each team. 

Desired Qualifications (not all are expected):

  • Experience with satellite mission program management
  • Familiarity with risk assessment methods
  • Experience with satellite hardware
  • Familiarity with RFI process with bus vendors
  • Experience with commissioning a satellite

Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years experience with satellite systems
  • Well versed in at least one aspect of a satellite mission (hardware, software, systems, mission management, operations etc.)
  • Experience managing a high budget satellite mission and coordinating a team
  • To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e. Green Card holder), or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

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