Firmware Engineer

Xona Space Systems

San Mateo, CA, USA

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

Aug 28

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 Firmware Engineer to join our satellite team to work alongside satellite hardware and software teams to bring Xonas satellite to life. As part of our team, you will contribute throughout all phases of development from the selection of key hardware on the payload, such as processors and other ICs, to the development of firmware for those components. Working closely with both the hardware and software teams, you will develop flight capable firmware to bridge the gap to provide interactions with the sensors through UART, SPI, I2C, etc. and interfaces, such as USB, PCIe, Ethernet, etc., that are a part of Xonas satellite.

Desired Qualifications (not all are expected): 

  • Experience with UART, SPI, I2C, Ethernet interfaces, USB, PCIe, etc. including implementing drivers for different interfaces in C/C++
  • Experience with real time operating systems and/or embedded linux
  • Familiarity with arm-based processors along with System on Chip and System on Module designs
  • Experience with hands-on hardware and software testing
  • Understand of principles of designing firmware for space applications

Required Qualifications:

  • 5-15 years of related experience
  • Familiarity with space capable processors and architectures
  • Comfortable with C
  • Experience with git and the gitflow development process
  • 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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