Astrodynamics Engineer (Hybrid)

Company Details

About Us

LeoLabs is the world’s leading commercial provider of low Earth orbit (LEO) mapping and Space Domain Awareness (SDA) services. LeoLabs was founded in 2016 as a venture-funded spinout of Silicon Valley research pioneer, SRI International, by scientists and space industry veterans committed to securing Low Earth Orbit (LEO). LeoLabs is built on 30+ years of R&D in radar systems and satellite tracking algorithms. The team is rapidly expanding its global radar network and data services platform to help satellite operators deploy their services safely and to empower governmental space agencies with detailed visibility into the LEO ecosystem. As commercial space ventures and newly-formed space agencies from every corner of the globe compete for their place in the second space race, LeoLabs is here to address a new generation of risks and opportunities to preserve LEO for future generations.

The Opportunity 

You will join our growing Launch and Orbit Support team, responsible for providing support for our Launch and Early Operations (LEOP) products, support for our Orbit Determination (OD) systems, and other technical support to our Field teams, as required. You will interface with the Field, Orbit Determination, and Data Processing teams to ensure that short-timescale customer needs are met, while ensuring that tools are continually developed and improved to reduce toil in the future.

Your responsibilities on the team may include:

  • Using a combination of long-term tool development and rapid, short-term problem solving, ensure that the Leolabs’ system is able to provide orbital states of all objects in LEO, measurements for high-priority targets, and analysis of high-interest orbital events.
  • Making continuous improvements to the algorithms used in OD and LEOP.
  • Develop key Service Level Indicators that will quantify the impact of aforementioned improvements.
  • Providing support for LeoLabs’ LEOP products during orbital launches and for LeoLabs’ other data products.
  • Developing and implementing advanced tools for orbit fitting, orbit prediction, atmospheric drag modeling, solar radiation pressure modeling, etc
  • Working to scale these tools for real-time operations on large data sets
  • Interfacing with satellite operations teams, and other customers, to tune performance and identify/develop new features within the LEOP products.


  • B.S. in Astrodynamics, Aerospace, Physics, or another technical field
  • 3+ years experience in one or more of the following subjects: modeling, simulation, and analysis, such as space mission analysis and design, astrodynamics, algorithm design
  • Significant, demonstrable experience using Python or C/C++, and/or Java
  • Demonstrated professional experience in orbital mechanics, orbital dynamics, orbit design, or astrodynamics

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in orbit mechanics/astrodynamics topics, such as constellation design, orbital propagation and perturbations, orbital maneuvers, launch vehicle and satellite operations, collision risk and debris analyses, rendezvous and proximity operations, formation flight, or space domain awareness
  • Experience with Statistical Orbit Determination
  • Experience developing and deploying nonlinear algorithms for high reliability systems
  • Experience in supporting a complex data pipeline
  • Experience with Optimal Estimation, including nonlinear Kalman Filters
  • Demonstrated expertise in linear algebra and statistics

Within 1 month, you’ll:

  • Complete our onboarding program designed to get you up to speed on our business, vision and team
  • Be familiar with our growing Launch and Orbit Support team and how the team fits into LeoLabs broader organization
  • Ramp up on LeoLabs software stack
  • Take ownership of a significant project related to LEOP and OD support improvement

Within 3 months, you’ll:

  • Be fully up-to-speed on the LeoLabs system architecture
  • Have learned how our current LEOP and Orbit Determination systems are supported
  • Be regularly contributing to team technical discussions
  • Be making significant progress on your technical project

Within 6 months, you’ll:

  • Have led a LEOP mission and multiple data product support cases
  • Be interfacing with the Field teams to understand and address support cases
  • Have successfully delivered your first project
  • Have taken ownership of additional projects(s)
  • Be participating in operations support projects
  • Be supporting the onboarding of newer team members
  • Collaborate with the Data Processing and Orbit Determination teams on developing key Service Level Indicators that will quantify the impact of changes being made to LEOP and OD systems.


Within 12 months, you’ll:

  • Have successfully delivered several projects
  • Be participating in the definition and planning for future LeoLabs projects
  • Be a recognized expert within LeoLabs on significant portions of the LeoLabs system architecture


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. More information regarding ITAR can be found at DDTC’s website here.

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