We’re taking steps towards an equitable, sustainable future
on and off Earth.

We are a global non profit organisation that is taking critical steps towards space settlement, for an equitable, sustainable future for life in deep space, and on Earth. We are low profile, well funded, and have made significant progress towards our initial mission design. We take an agile aerospace approach, with small nimble teams creating spacecraft iteratively and collaboratively. Our current extended team includes astronauts, engineers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, policy innovators, scientists, lawyers, investors and more. We are based in San Francisco and this year we are growing our team. We are seeking skilled aerospace professionals who want to solve hard problems together, design, build and ship spacecrafts quickly, and create a great culture in the process. We are ready to go & we would love to hear from you.


 

Current priority hires


 

GNC

The Responsibilities:

  • Develop and deliver guidance, navigation, and control subsystems for orbiter and lander missions

  • Derive and validate subsystem requirements and constraints

  • Implement 6 DoF system simulation, including simulating control dynamics

  • Design mission trajectories and conduct dispersion analysis

  • Trade studies to inform architecture decisions, including driving decisions on component and vendor selections

  • Write flight GNC software for orbiter and lander missions

  • Guide hardware-in-the-loop test setup development and integrate with 6 DoF simulation code

  • Write and execute system test plans

  • Technical management of GNC subsystem vendors

  • Managing/maintaining GNC architecture documentation and budgets

The Must-Haves:

  • 5+ years of experience in spacecraft guidance, navigation, and control

  • Experience working on space missions including a propulsion component

  • Experience simulating space systems, including control systems

  • Experience writing flight GNC software

  • Performing mission-level monte carlo analyses (prop residuals, correction burns, etc)

  • Ability to work independently and creatively

  • Motivated to solve complex problems with extreme constraints in creative ways

The Nice-to-Haves:

  • Space mission experience beyond LEO

  • Program/project management experience

  • Experience in a technical leadership role

Culture Fit:

  • Able to work in a collaborative, community-structured organisation (fairly flat)

  • Open to feedback and seeking continuous improvement

  • Self management skills and ability to prioritise, strategise and collaborate on decision making

  • Willing to fail fast and iterate

  • Good listening skills; able to hear others’ inputs and integrate them


Electrical Engineering - Avionics Design

The Responsibilities:

  • Design of power and data handling subsystems for a series of small spacecraft

    • System-level analysis and design, through detailed board design, test planning, and bring-up/debug

  • Derive requirements and test plans at the component and sub-assembly level, and validate reliable operation and proper performance of said tests.

  • Implement simulations and test architectures ranging from purely model-based to hardware-in-the-loop testbed.

  • Technical coordination / management of service providers including PCB manufacturing, assembly, and test

  • Create, manage, and maintain product documentation and performance budgets (power, mass, interfaces, etc)

  • Compile and report unit compliance with technical specifications and design guidelines for avionics hardware and software components

The Must-Haves:

  • 3+ years of experience in one or more of:

    • Consumer electronics design

    • Spacecraft avionics build and test

    • Space systems integration & test

    • Electronics design for robotics

  • Practical hardware development, integration, and test experience

  • Ability to work independently and creatively

  • Fundamental programming and data handling skills

  • Motivated to solve complex problems with extreme constraints in creative ways

The Nice-to-Haves:

  • Space hardware development and test experience

  • Space mission experience

  • Software development experience
    (especially Python and embedded C)

  • Product development experience

  • Prior experience in a technical leadership role

Culture Fit:

  • Able to work in a small, collaborative, community-structured organization (fairly lean and flat)

  • Open to feedback and seeking continuous improvement

  • Self management skills and ability to prioritise, strategise and collaborate on decision making

  • Willing to fail fast and iterate

  • Good listening skills; able to hear others’ inputs and integrate them


 

Electrical Engineering - RF/Communications Design Lead

The Responsibilities:

  • Lead communications subsystem and component detailed board-level design, analysis, and test

  • Derive and validate component requirements and constraints

  • Implement system simulations and tests architectures spanning virtual, fast-time, and real-time operating environments

  • Write and execute component and unit level test plans

  • Technical coordination / management of service providers including PCB manufacturing, assembly, and test

  • Manage/maintain product documentation and performance budgets (power, mass, interfaces, etc)

  • Compile and report unit compliance with technical specifications and design guidelines for avionics hardware and software components

The Must-Haves:

  • 3+ years of experience in RF / radio electronics design

  • Ability to work independently and creatively

  • Motivated to solve complex problems with extreme constraints in creative ways

The Nice-to-Haves:

  • Space mission experience

  • Product development experience

  • Experience in a technical leadership role

Culture Fit:

  • Able to work in a collaborative, community-structured organisation (fairly flat)

  • Open to feedback and seeking continuous improvement

  • Self management skills and ability to prioritise, strategise and collaborate on decision making

  • Willing to fail fast and iterate

  • Good listening skills; able to hear others’ inputs and integrate them



 

Software - Flight Software

The Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with hardware engineers to develop drivers for components (sensors and actuators) as they are integrated into the spacecraft

  • Architect supervisory software on-device to coordinate mission activities

  • Derive requirements for system performance and validation, develop and execute test plans for hardware checkout and software integration

  • Architect and develop embedded and support software for mission simulation and hardware-in-the-loop testing

The Must-Haves:

  • 5+ years of experience professionally writing software, in resource-limited embedded systems, in one or more fields similar to:

    • Remotely-managed hardware

    • Space systems

    • Robotics

    • Avionics

  • Strong command of C in embedded contexts

  • Product development and rigorous test experience

  • Ability to work independently and self-manage

The Nice-to-Haves:

  • Space mission experience

  • High-reliability and/or fault-tolerant design experience

  • Experience with the STM32 family of Cortex microcontrollers and ChibiOS

  • Communications (especially radio) hardware design experience


Culture Fit:

  • Able to work in a collaborative, community-structured organisation (fairly flat)

  • Open to feedback and seeking continuous improvement

  • Self management skills and ability to prioritise, strategise and collaborate on decision making

  • Willing to fail fast and iterate

  • Good listening skills; able to hear others’ inputs and integrate them


 

IT and IP Security Manager

The Responsibilities:

  • Maintain core services (Confluence, Jira, GitLab, SolidWorks)

  • Maintain core servers (Linux and Windows)

  • Laptop security configuration and best practices across Windows, Mac and Linux

  • Automate and monitor EFS and RDS backups

  • Keep system documentation up to date

  • Automation

  • Monitoring

  • Network design and management

  • Network and physical premise security (video security, physical access systems like key card access)

  • Maintain integrity and auditability of logs

  • Manage export control and IP protection

  • Map conceptual requirements into technical ones, represent and defend decisions to internal and external stakeholders as necessary.

  • Socialize best practices, train employees and collaborators in specific IP and IT security practices, and regulatory compliance requirements.

The Must-Haves:

  • US Person (citizen or permanent resident)

  • Experience in system administration (emphasis on Linux), network management, and 3rd party service administration and integration.

  • On site installation and maintenance of physical security services like video and access control

  • Ability to understand and manage compliance requirements

  • Proficient in AWS and Docker

  • Available for bespoke support requests at arbitrary times, although late-night incident response is rare

  • Comfort with scripting and/or programming in support of automation and tools.

The Nice-to-Haves:

  • Familiar with ITAR and EAR regulations

Culture Fit:

  • Able to work in a collaborative, community-structured organisation (fairly flat)

  • Open to feedback and seeking continuous improvement

  • Self management skills and ability to prioritise, strategise and collaborate on decision making

  • Willing to fail fast and iterate

  • Good listening skills; able to hear others’ inputs and integrate them


 

Director of Communications

The Responsibilities:

  • Develop & own the story of our comms strategy, brand & execution plan

  • Manage contractors, volunteers & contributors to bring the story & strategy to life

  • Proactively develop & own media / public relations management

  • Contribute to and act as ‘editor-in-chief’ for all externally facing content

  • Build social & traditional media plan for pre+post spacecraft launch

  • Build captivating, credible website

  • Build on-brand internal documentation & decks

  • Ensure data-driven media & public opinion analysis are circulated & digested internally

  • Manage the creation of our content & ensure it’s seen by the right audiences worldwide

  • Manage some communications to government & space actors

The Must-Haves:

  • Self starter / proactive work ethic

  • Natural storyteller

  • Experienced in consumer / B2C marketing & branding

  • Experienced in a company or industry with high levels of public, regulatory or media scrutiny

  • Creative for messaging, story & content, but focused on analytics for messaging & audience feedback data

  • Ability to inspire volunteers & contributors to give their time and skills to a mission

  • Strong co-ordination and facilitation skills to ensure Board, Exec & external engagement with comms plan

  • Director level or higher experience in a Marketing/Brand/Communications or PR role

The Nice-to-Haves:

  • Previously worked closely with founders in a startup

  • Has lived snd worked outside the USA or has a strong global viewpoint/experience

  • Has been involved in public policy, government or similar

  • Aerospace sector experience

Culture Fit:

  • Ability to work in a collaborative, community-structured, flat organisation

  • Open to transparent feedback & seeks continuous improvement

  • Willing to fail fast & honestly, then iterate quickly

  • Great listening & synthesis skills; able to hear others inputs and integrate them

  • Down to earth, but confident - contribute to and growth with a truly world class team


 

Chief Technology Officer

Responsibilities

Lead the implementation of the long-term technical vision of our organisation, while providing hands-on support and guidance to the technical team, overseeing budgets, strategy, growth, and partnerships.

  • Technical Direction: Oversee and provide hands-on support for the research & development of ISRU robotics (with focus on water mining), in-space construction, manufacturing, and human life support development.

  • Operations & Organisation: Collaboratively plan and direct all aspects of engineering activities and projects within the Company, including goal setting, budgets and schedule. Report directly to Board members.

  • Strategy & Partnerships: Develop and lead a technical partnership strategy which provides coherence, consistency and collaborative character to our technical partnerships

  • Employee Success: Support technical staff development, team cohesion towards the vision & technical recruiting as needed.

The Must-Haves:

  • 15 years + experience leading complex space missions and organisational support systems

  • Ability to understand and manage compliance requirements

  • Experience scaling technical teams

  • US Person (citizen or permanent resident)

The Nice-to-Haves:

  • Previously worked closely with founders in a startup

  • Gained Master’s or PhD in physics, engineering, aerospace, or other relevant fields

  • Previously led government relationship building within aerospace industry

Culture Fit:

  • Ability to work in a collaborative, community-structured, flat organisation

  • Open to transparent feedback & seeks continuous improvement

  • Willing to fail fast & honestly, then iterate quickly

  • Great listening & synthesis skills; able to hear others inputs and integrate them

  • Down to earth, but confident - contribute to and growth with a truly world class team