Flight Software Engineer

Xona Space Systems

Burlingame, CA, USA

Full time

$118-160k (annually)

Trucks VC portfolio

Mar 13

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 Engineer specializing in payload flight software to join our engineering team. Youll interface with cross-functional teams to contribute to the software development and integration of our satellite payload! You will use an Agile development process to iteratively develop designs, code, unit tests, and documentation to meet specified requirements to deploy and support a constellation of next-generation satellites. Youll interface with other product development teams and other disciplines to coordinate feature development, bug fixes, and integration needs. This role also provides an opportunity to advise and mentor other software developers on modern C++ development practices, test methodology, system interactions, and on-orbit operations and anomaly resolution.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree or technical diploma in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a relevant field.
  • 3+ years experience developing software and firmware which meets functional safety and/or space-flight requirements using real world sensor data. Space experience strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency with modern C++ (C++11 and up) and Python, as well as working in an embedded environment.
  • Familiarity with space capable processors, embedded operating systems, and architectures.
  • Experience with git and the gitflow process.
  • Excellent communication and leadership 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).

Desired Qualification (not all are expected):

  • Familiarity with arm-based processors along with System on Chip and System on Module designs. 
  • Experience with UART, SPI, I2C, Ethernet interfaces, USB, PCIe, etc. including implementing drivers for different interfaces in C/C++.
  • Experience with the requirements, design, implementation and unit test software development life cycle producing space or other safety-critical embedded software.

Xona makes offers based on geo-located salary bands using a compensation tool. We are required by law to include a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This compensation range is specific to San Mateo, California and takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to skill sets, experience, interview performance and training. It is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role and comp, Xona expects to hire for this position near the middle of the range. Only in truly rare and exceptional circumstances, where an external candidate has experience, credentials, or expertise that far exceed those required or expected for the position, would Xona consider paying a salary or rate near the higher end of the range.

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