👷 Constellation Scheduling Engineer

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About Capella:

Capella is at the forefront of making vital information about our world accessible in a timely manner. We’re leveraging proven technologies and building new capabilities to create a constellation of SAR satellites that can collect information about any spot on the planet within an hour. At Capella you’ll work in a collaborative team environment, alongside smart people with a history of space mission success.

Our mission and our products are meant to understand the whole world and help everyone in it, regardless of race, creed, or any other distinction. We value diversity at Capella and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position, but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!

About the Team:

The tasking and scheduling team is responsible for building, maintaining, and improving the software and systems responsible for constellation management and activity scheduling. You will be working cross-functionally with Capella’s Space Operations, Ground System Engineering, Product Engineering, and Sales teams to build an industry-leading Earth observation satellite tasking system.

As part of the space operations team, you will be interacting on a daily basis with other software engineers, spacecraft operators, satellite engineers, and data product engineers to develop a highly autonomous spacecraft operations system. You will have a demonstrable track record of working with complex systems, understanding system capabilities, and setting the engineering development path for making complex technologies easy to use.

About the Role:

As a constellation scheduling engineer, your work will primarily be involved in contributing to our constellation tasking and scheduling platform to automate spacecraft operations, analyze constellation capacity, and build software services used in our mission-critical operations. You will address challenges across mission planning, optimization, mission analysis, satellite automation, guidance, navigation, and control, and software engineering domains.

Day-to-day responsibilities:

  • Develop new constellation automation and scheduling capabilities
  • Build tools to understand, analyze, and operate the constellation scheduling systems.
  • Drive requirement gathering for constellation scheduling products.
  • Full service ownership by measuring performance, creating alerts, being on call, and responding to incidents and performance anomalies

The position is available in San Francisco, CA, or Louisville, CO

Must Haves:

Excellent communications skills, ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, and enjoyment of learning from and teaching other team new skills.

Knowledge of at least one (preferably multiple) mathematical optimization fields such as convex optimization, integer programming, and dynamic programming.

Knowledge of in space mission analysis, modeling complex space systems in particular interacting subsystems and constraints.

Good knowledge of a programming language. Either scripted (Python, Julia, etc.) or compiled (C, C++, Rust, etc.)


Familiarity with optimization software libraries (Gurobi, CPLEX, CVX, SCIP, etc.).

Familiarity with satellite constellation scheduling/operations.

RESTful API development.


In addition to an opportunity to take part in an innovative and fast-growing business with a highly motivated and skilled team, we also take pride in taking care of our employees. Here are just a few ways that we show our appreciation:

Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance

Medical and Dependent Care Flex Spending

Short and Long Term Disability and Life Insurance


401(k) Plan

Flexible PTO

Gourmet-style, Daily Lunch

Capella Community Events

Equity Commuter and Parking benefits

Parental Leave

Dog-friendly Work Environment (SF)

Cell and Internet Monthly Stipend

Capella Space

Capella Space

United States, San Francisco or Boulder CO

Posted a month ago