Senior Flight Dynamics Software Engineer

Company Details

Loft Orbital builds “shareable” satellites, providing a fast & simple path to orbit for organizations that require access to space. Powered by our hardware & software products, we operate satellites, fly customer payloads onboard, and handle entire missions from end to end - significantly reducing the lead-time and risk of a traditional space mission.

What We Do
Loft Orbital builds “shareable” satellites, providing a fast & simple path to orbit for organizations that require access to space. Powered by our hardware & software products, we operate satellites, fly customer payloads onboard, and handle entire missions from end to end – significantly reducing the lead-time and risk of a traditional space mission.
Our standard interface enables us to fly multiple customer payloads on the same satellite, with capabilities such as earth imagery, weather & climate /science data collection, IoT connectivity, in-orbit demonstrations, and national security missions. Our customers trust us to manage their space infrastructure, so they can focus on what matters most to them: operating their mission and collecting their data.
With 2 satellites on-orbit and a wave of exciting missions launching soon, we are scaling up quickly across our offices in San Francisco, CA | Golden, CO | and Toulouse, France.
Wanna join the adventure?
Loft Orbital are looking for a Senior Flight Dynamics Software Engineer to join our international Ground Software team. We currently have satellites in orbit, with multiple client payloads on each, and more launches happening in the near future. This role will focus on keeping our satellites safe, which is kind of important, so this is a really key hire for us!
On a day to day basis you’ll be in charge of analysing the performance of a satellite or constellation in orbit, designing manoeuvres and carrying out simulations using simulation and optimisation libraries and tools. You’ll develop additional libraries, modeling satellite manoeuvres. It also entails simulating satellite operations in orbit, simulating impact of propulsion manoeuvres on trajectory, simulating on-board satellite performance (AOCS for example).
*Research shows that while men apply to jobs where they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalized people tend to only apply when they meet 100% of the qualifications. At Loft, we value respectful debate and people who aren’t afraid to challenge assumptions.  We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t ‘check all the boxes.

About This Role:

    • Manoeuvre planning and optimization analysis
    • Simulate satellite operations in orbit (orbit propagation, satellite orientation, power and data budgets)
    • Perform satellite constellation design, simulation and assess of different scenarios  (coverage, availability)
    • Contribute toOpen Space Toolkit mathematics, physics, astrodynamics libraries
    • End to end software development from defining requirements to software design, implementation through to testing and documentation.
    • Using an established framework, adapt the software to meet individual customer payload needs.
    • Support product development, constellation performance demonstrations, and training.
    • Problem solve mission design using performance analysis data

Must Haves:

    • Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, or related discipline.
    • Experience in astrodynamics and constellation design
    • Experience in satellite manœuvres models
    • Knowledge and hands on experience of using Python
    • Experience with STK or other modeling tool (Orekit, FreeFlyer etc.)
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced startup within Agile teams
    • Scrappy and inventive

Nice to Haves:

    • Version control (git) and continuous integration tools (GitLab CI, Jenkins, Travis CI, …)
    • Exposure to Docker containers or Django framework
    • Experience of C++
    • Experience of JIRA

Some of Our Awesome Benefits

    • Equity, we want you to have an active role in our success
    • €1,000 onboarding budget, to help you be successful in your work, wherever you’re working from
    • 25 Paid Time Off and up to 10 RTT and flexible working hours, we want you to be at your best
    • Alan health and life insurance, we care about your health
    • Lunch Vouchers with Swile, because let’s be honest, we love food! (we even have a slack channel about it #loft-gourmand)
    • Cross office travel opportunities between San Francisco, Colorado, and Toulouse (France), to learn from our differences
    • Company and team off-sites and many other events per quarter, to work & celebrate together
    • English language classes, to become fluent as talk like Shakespeare
    • We offer relocation assistance when applicable
At Loft, you’ll be given the autonomy and ownership to solve significant challenges, but with a close-knit and supportive team at your back. We believe that diversity and community are the foundation of an open culture. We are committed to hiring the best people regardless of background and make their time at Loft the most fulfilling period of their career.
We value kind, supportive and team-oriented collaborators. It is also crucial for us that you are a problem solver and a great communicator. As our team is international, you will need strong English skills to better collaborate, easily communicate complex ideas and convey important messages.
As an international company your resume will be reviewed by people across our offices so please attach a copy in English.

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