Flight Safety Systems Embedded Software Engineer

Company Details

We’re on a mission to improve life on Earth from space.

Astra’s mission is to improve life on Earth from space by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Astra delivered its first commercial payload into Earth orbit in 2021, making it the fastest company in history to reach this milestone, just five years after being founded in 2016. By achieving monthly, weekly, then daily launches, we’ll create the infrastructure services our customers need in space to build a healthier and more connected planet. If you’re excited by a sense of possibility, the chance to innovate, and make a difference here on Earth, we think you should work here too.

How You’ll Fulfill Your Mission

  • Develop: write highly reliable safety-critical code to support our vehicle and see your work fly
  • Test: write detailed software requirements and validate compliance in accordance with range and government software standards
  • Partner: work with government partners and Astra Flight Safety Team to define critical interfaces, documentation, and test protocols to validate safety critical flight software
  • Fly: support launch from mission control and fulfill critical software responsibilities during the countdown
  • Analyze: review flight data to confirm compliance with specified operation
  • Ownership: end-to-end responsibility for large aspects of the flight safety software system


  • 5 or more years experience developing software in C/C++
  • Significant embedded Flight Software experience
  • Familiarity with Source code control (git)
  • FPGA configuration and hardware integration experience
  • Requirements development, tracing, and test/verification experience

Desired Multipliers

  • Experience with VxWorks or other RTOS
  • Experience with Xilinx Zynq
  • Software Test plan development and V&V experience for FAA/government entities (DO-178 or experience with highly reliable software standards for medical devices)
  • Familiarity with RCC 319

Tagged as: rtos, VxWorks, do-178, xilinx zynq

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