Flight Software Developer


Pasadena, CA

Industry: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services


5 - 7 years

Posted 6 days ago

  by    Naomi Hans

Flight Software Developer

Job Location: Pasadena, CA (Relocation Assistance Available)

The successful candidate will support Flight Software development for a planetary mission. As well as take part in software engineering activities associated with the delivery of embedded flight software (FSW) products for large-scale project. This assignment will include implementation of functional spacecraft capability that falls in areas of spacecraft command, communication, data management, fault protection, etc.

The software engineer will work under a lead software engineer to understand the required capabilities of the functional area to determine the software approach for the development. This work includes software level peer reviews, and will also include formal testing of peer-developed capabilities.

Work Activities:

  • Work with systems engineers, Flight Software peers and Flight Software architects to understand requirements allocated to a specified module and develop a design approach for the module
  • Provide requirements feedback and functions specs feedback to systems engineers
  • Develop and review implementation approaches
  • Develop the associated code following project coding guidelines process requirements
  • Develop, execute and analyze unit tests verifying satisfaction of module requirements, proper implementation of interfaces and code coverage
  • Create sandbox builds of the module integrated with other modules and execute using a simulated spacecraft environment in both workstation and hardware in the loop test beds

Required Clearance:

Clearance is not required for this position

Required Skills:

  • Six years of software engineering with 4 years of recent embedded flight software experience
  • Recent background in flight software development with specific recent experience in the following languages and operating systems: C, Python, Linux, WindRiver VxWorks
  • Recent experience with distributed computing and inter-process communication (IPC) mechanisms
  • Recent experience with device driver development and software/hardware interfaces for both custom and commercial hardware
  • Advanced knowledge of principles, theories, concepts and techniques in developing, modifying, debugging, releasing and maintaining real-time and embedded software systems for mission-critical aerospace applications

Desired Skills:

  • Strong verbal and written communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills with ability to work in a team environment
  • Experience debugging software/hardware interactions and possible failure modes
  • Space flight experience is strongly preferred


The work is required to be done in Pasadena CA

Education and Years of Experience:

Bachelor's degree in a computer related engineering field with a minimum 6 years of recent related experience


$110K - $130K
$110K - $130K base, DOE bonus