Spacecraft Test Software, Product Lead

Company Details

Loft Orbital - Affordable and reliable access to space infrastructure. Space missions today remain complex, costly, and prone to delay. Loft Orbital is changing that.

Job Description

Loft Orbital’s mission is to make space simple for our customers. We operate satellites and we fly customer payloads onboard, as a service. We are redefining how businesses and governments access space and use it to perform their critical missions.

Loft’s customers span the entire space industry, from start-ups to large companies and government agencies. Our standard interfacing and mission operations products enable us to fly any kind of payload, such as imagers, RF systems, scientific experiments, national security missions, in-orbit demonstrations, and weather and climate sensors.

In this role you will lead the effort to define and deliver the software system that will unify the Loft mission lifecycle from design to on-orbit operations, complementing our mission accommodation, analysis and in-orbit operations tools. You will work as the interface between internal stakeholders including the Cockpit (our autonomous mission operations software) team and our AIT and Mission Execution teams. The system will leverage existing infrastructure to enable the mission execution team to conduct testing and ground operations using the same underlying functionality used for on-orbit operations. In addition to internal use, the goal will be for this system to be deployed in the cloud for customers to define and perform their own payload unit testing using the Cockpit interfaces.

Overall, you will fill the gap between Software, Mission Engineering, and AIT teams. You will work to understand the needs of the stakeholders, lead the requirement definition effort, and ultimately deliver a polished AIT tool suite with the support of Loft’s ground software team. Additionally, you would continuously work with system engineers, satellite operators, and external parties to evolve these tools and design system level, HITL (both EM and FM) tests for complex, multi-payload missions.


  • 5+ years in an small aerospace company or start-up
  • Experience in both software development and aerospace hardware development, integration and test campaigns
  • Demonstrated experience as the “glue” within an organization of hardware and software engineers, getting people from different disciplines and backgrounds to speak the same language.

Software skills:

  • strong knowledge of Python;
  • understanding of modern database architecture and management techniques;
  • understanding of how services are architected and how APIs work


Tagged as: software development, python, start-up, small aerospace company, aerospace hardware, "glue" within organization, modern database architecture, management techniques

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