Onboard Software Engineer

  • Planet
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Jul 25, 2020

Job Description

Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest constellation of imaging satellites in history. This constellation delivers an unprecedented dataset of empirical information via a revolutionary cloud-based platform to authoritative figures in commercial, environmental, and humanitarian sectors. We are both a space company and data company all rolled into one.

Customers and users across the globe use Planet's data to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, and solve our world’s toughest obstacles.

As we control every component of hardware design, manufacturing, data processing, and software engineering, our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.

We have a people-centric approach toward culture and community and we strive to iterate in a way that puts our team members first and prepares our company for growth. Join Planet and be a part of our mission to change the way people see the world.

Planet is headquartered in San Francisco, California, Earth.

About the Role:

The Onboard Software Team is responsible for creating and maintaining the guidance and control software for our fleet of Dove, Superdove and Skysat satellites. We also build tools, payload software, radio software and work on next generation initiatives! As a member of the OSW team, you will be working to develop and improve the software that runs our fleet of observation satellites. You will also be designing and owning system components on our next generation satellite technical roadmap. This will involve working with a broad variety of disciplines, including our top-notch payload, electrical design and mission control teams!

Impact You’ll Own:

  • Design, develop, test and debug software for our existing and future fleet of satellites, including software for embedded microcontrollers and embedded Linux. 
  • Design, improve and promote procedures for safe, remote updates of satellite software.
  • Collaborate in cross-functional teams to design new satellite systems, and improve existing satellite systems.
  • Implement metrics to track and improve software quality and maturity.
  • Build and maintain software tools to support satellite test and production.

What You Bring:

  • Proven history of thinking through complex, interdisciplinary design problems as well as debugging to identify and correct root causes.
  • 3-5 years of programming experience in C. Ideally, development for microcontrollers and/or low-level Linux applications.
  • Experience with Python programming and python package deployment.
  • Comfortable with common open-source development tools (GCC, make) in a Linux environment.
  • Proponent of continuous integration and automated testing.
  • Familiar with build systems for Linux and embedded targets. Experience with DVCS such as git or mercurial.

What Makes You Stand Out:

  • Experience with previous aerospace projects or cubesats.
  • Experience in the mobile, networking, medical, robotics, IoT, or similar embedded device industries.
  • Experience with some of our key technical areas, such as cameras or other image sensors, high-speed radio communication, FPGA development, or guidance, navigation and control.
  • Knowledge of industry standards for software quality practices.
  • Experience building embedded OS distributions.
  • Contribution to open source projects, especially small-device or similar.
  • Cool side projects, great life stories, robot ownership.

Some Press About Us: 

Our CEO, Will Marshall featured on TED and featured in a Planet Blog

“Planet: Bringing Space Back Down to Earth”

Tiny, privately owned satellites are changing how we view the Earth features in NBC News

“Planet And Rocket Lab Create Mission Patch To Honor Women In Aerospace” —Planet Blog

Why we care so much about Belonging. 

We’re dedicated to helping the whole Planet, and to do that we must strive to represent all of it within each of our offices and on all of our teams. That’s why Planet is guided by an ultimate  north star of Belonging, dreaming big as we approach our ongoing work with diversity, equity and inclusion.  If this job intrigues you, but you’re thinking you might not have all the qualifications, please... do apply!  At Planet, we are looking for well-rounded people from around the world who can contribute to more ways than just what is listed in this job description.  We don’t just fill positions, we aspire to fulfill people’s careers, most excited about folks who are motivated by our underlying humanitarian efforts.  We are a few orbits around the sun before we get to where we want to be, so we hope you’re excited to come along for the ride. 

Organization type

Company  

Headcount

51-200 employees  

Categories

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