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Senior Software Engineer Tasking & Scheduling

Capella Space

Capella Space

Software Engineering
Louisville, CO, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2024

Capella Space stands at the forefront of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite technology and signal intelligence. We provide customers in governments, academia, and commercial sectors with reliable information that enables unparalleled understanding of the world. Our mission is centered on delivering timely and reliable Earth imagery, supporting diverse applications in defense & intelligence, disaster response, energy, environmental monitoring and more. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, Capella Space designs, manufactures and operates an advanced constellation of SAR imaging satellites. Our market-leading SAR satellites are complemented by an unmatched data infrastructure and automated ordering and delivery platform for fast, reliable insights where and when customers need it most.

Recognized for our technological prowess, Capella Space was honored as one of the 10 most innovative companies in Space in 2023 by FASTCOMPANY. Capella Space is an internationally trusted Earth Observation data provider, working closely with the U.S. Space Systems Command, U.S. Space Force, NASA, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, the Canadian Government and more to make unclassified, high-resolution SAR data more accessible.

What Makes Capella Unique?

Capella Space is a highly collaborative team environment, providing an opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in the space industry, though 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 encourage you to bring your unique perspective to help make us stronger, including applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech.

About the Role

As a Tasking & Scheduling Software Engineer at Capella Space, you will play a crucial role in designing, implementing, and maintaining the automated operations system for our satellite constellation. You will have the opportunity to work on a diverse set of impactful and engaging technical problems that draw from principles in software engineering, physics, mathematics and optimization. You will work closely with cross-functional teams to develop software solutions and apply cutting-edge mathematical and optimization techniques to automate the planning, scheduling and commanding of our SAR constellation. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the advancement of space technology and play a key role in the success of Capella Space.

Role Responsibilities

  • Design and implement systems that directly impact Capella's tasking & scheduling operations
  • Collaborate with Tasking & Scheduling engineers to design, develop, and test software solutions
  • Write clean, efficient, and maintainable code
  • Research and apply software and engineering best practices
  • Extract and analyze data to measure the success of the constellation automated operations
  • Participate in code reviews
  • Work and communicate effectively as part of a cross-functional team
  • Assist with documentation and technical support
  • Optimize system performance and reliability


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Statistics, or a related field
  • Proficiency in programming languages: Python (preferred), Rust, Java, or C++
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Experience with cloud-based distributed systems and microservices (e.g., AWS, Azure)
    • Lambda
    • S3
    • EKS
    • SQS
  • Knowledge of data storage and processing technologies
    • SQL
    • MongoDB
    • InfluxDB
    • Kafka
  • Familiarity with containerization and orchestration platforms (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes)
  • Experience with version control systems (e.g., Git)., gitlab and CI/CD pipelines
  • Eagerness to learn new skills and technologies
  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Capella Employees must be a U.S. citizen, lawful U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce, as applicable. Learn more about ITAR here.


  • Data structures and algorithms coursework
  • Aerospace and navigation control coursework
  • Mathematical optimization: linear programming coursework
  • Data Science, Machine Learning, or Data Analytics coursework


The annual salary range for this role as it is posted is $153,000 - $188,100. The final job level and annual salary will be determined based on the education, qualification, knowledge, skills, ability, and experience of the final candidate(s), specific office location and calibrated against relevant market data and internal team equity. Benefits listed in this posting may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Capella Space.


In addition to an opportunity to take part in an innovative, collaborative 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:

  • We offer up to 100% paid medical coverage, with robust vision and dental plans, comprehensive flexible spending accounts, and supplemental health plans
  • Equity
  • 401K Plan to invest in your long-term retirement planning
  • Generous Parental Leave
  • Flexible Paid Time Off Policy
  • Commuter & Parking Benefits
  • Mental Health Resources
  • Monthly phone stipend
  • Daily provided lunches and stocked kitchens.
  • Furry friends? We’ve got you covered with dog-friendly work environment & them with pet insurance options

Equal Opportunity Statement

Capella Space is an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, and upholding equitable hiring practices.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic under federal, state, or local law, including those with a criminal history, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the CA Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance. We actively encourage members of recognized minorities, women, Veterans, and those with disabilities to apply, and we work to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all applicants throughout the interview process. If you need assistance or require an accommodation during the job application process, please notify recruiting@capellaspace.com

To learn more about us, explore our site: https://www.capellaspace.com/ and follow us on X and LinkedIn to see our SAR imagery!