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Satellite Operations Engineer

Capella Space

Capella Space

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San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2024

Capella is at the forefront of making vital information about our world accessible in a timely manner. We’re leveraging proven technologies and building new capabilities to create a constellation of earth observation radar satellites that can collect information about any spot on the planet within an hour.

At Capella you’ll work in a collaborative team environment, alongside smart people with a history of space mission success. No prior space experience is needed—we’re looking for people excited about tackling seemingly impossible challenges, learning new skills and concepts, and helping each other achieve success.

Our mission and our products are meant to understand the whole world and help everyone in it, regardless of race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger. We value diversity at Capella and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!

As a spacecraft operations engineer, you will operate our satellites, solve space system anomalies, develop software for both satellite and ground systems, and lead the demonstration of new capabilities for our constellation.

About the Role

You will execute the full life cycle of mission operations, including ground system integration, operation procedure development, satellite command and control, software development, and mission data analysis. You’re an independent problem solver that seeks out ways to make our systems better, learns best practices, and wants to help build out a satellite constellation. As part of the space operations team, you will be interacting on a daily basis with other spacecraft operators, software engineers, satellite engineers, and product engineers to develop and run a highly autonomous spacecraft operations system.

We expect all Space Operations team members to work on a variety of problems across the spacecraft operations space, be familiar with how the spacecraft functions, and be capable of commanding and controlling it.

The Capella operations center is nominally entirely automated by software with operators on-console to support critical mission events like launch, early operations, and on-call anomaly response. Day-to-day responsibilities will primarily involve improving the automated operations system through procedure development, scripting anomaly response, performing spacecraft analysis, and supporting the execution of special projects and demonstrations in conjunction with the product engineering team.

You will participate in an on-call rotation with your fellow operators and be the first responder to spacecraft anomalies on a regular basis. The position is available in San Francisco or Boulder.


Ideal Qualifications

  • Proficiency in Python
  • Familiarity with each of the following disciplines and significant experience with at least one:
    • Astrodynamics
    • Guidance, Navigation, and Control
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Communications Systems
    • Thermal Engineering
    • Embedded Software
  • Comfortable dealing with unknowns, quantifying risk, addressing uncertainty, and handling the pressure of a real-time operating environment
  • Experience with or ideas for scaling a fleet of vehicles in the field and their support infrastructure
  • An unwillingness to ignore anomalous or unusual behavior without root-causing it
  • Good communications skills, ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, and enjoyment of learning and teaching new skills.


$112,400.00 - $140,500.00

Salaries will be based on the applicant’s level of experience, education, and specialized knowledge and skills.

In addition to an opportunity to take part in an innovative and fast-growing business with a highly motivated and skilled team, we also take pride in taking care of our employees. Here are just a few ways that we show our appreciation:

    • Medical/Dental/Vision
    • Disability and Life Insurance
    • 401k plan
    • Equity
    • Health Care, Dependent Care FSAs
    • Commuter/Parking Flex Spending
    • Flexible vacation policy
    • In-office lunch program
    • Dog friendly work environment

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