SDR Engineer

Xona Space Systems

San Mateo, CA, USA

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

May 11

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.

Xona is looking for a software-defined radio (SDR) engineer to join our team in the design and implementation of the Xona navigation signal. This is an opportunity to carry space signals development from design to implementation to on-orbit data collection/analysis. As a part of our team, you will implement prototype transmitters, perform integrated system validation tests, and help bring Xona’s PNT payload to flight readiness.

Desired Qualifications (not all are expected):

  • Familiarity with GPS/GNSS systems
  • Understanding of RF signals and communications theory
  • Familiarity with implementing elements of GNSS transmitter design with an FPGA
  • Experience with hands-on hardware and software testing
  • Experience with communications electronics

Required Qualifications:

  • Comfortable with Python and C++
  • Experience developing for software-defined radio platforms such as the USRP product line
  • Experience with GNU Radio
  • Experience with git and the gitflow development process
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • 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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