đź‘· Guidance, Navigation and Controls Engineer

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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 workin a collaborative team environment, alongside smart people with a history of space mission success. No prior space experience is needed—we’re looking for people excited about tackling seemingly impossible challenges, learning new skills and concepts, and helping each other achieve 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 believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.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!

As a Guidance, Navigation and Controls Engineer, you will work at the intersection of astrodynamics, attitude control, estimation, mission analysis, and software development. You’re an independent problem that seeks out ways to make our systems better, learns new concepts, and wants to help build capabilities to push spacecraft operational capabilities. 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. We expect all Space Operations team members to work on a variety of problems across the spacecraft operations space, be familiar with how the spacecraft functions, and be capable of responding to anomalies in the GNC software and subsystems.

We are a team of flexible engineers, addressing challenges across all spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control domains, driving projects, guiding spacecraft mission analysis, analyzing and understanding on-orbit data, and thoroughly testing changes. We work on initiatives including precise orbit determination, maneuver planning, collision avoidance, attitude control optimization, constellation capacity modeling, and developing internal astrodynamics and control software libraries. For this position we are looking for an engineer with a strong background and interest spacecraft dynamics, estimation, controls, and software engineering to push the bounds of what has been accomplished in spacecraft operations. The position is available in San Francisco or Louisville, CO.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s in Aerospace, Computer Science, Engineering or a relevant field
  • Knowledge of a scripting programming language (Python preferred) as well as compiled languages (C/C++/Rust)
  • Expertise in high fidelity satellite orbit and attitude dynamics modeling
  • Knowledge of GNC-related spacecraft subsystem hardware, functionality, and use, in particular attitude determination and control systems as well as propulsion subsystems
  • Experience with orbit propagation and spacecraft maneuver planning
  • Knowledge of estimation theory (Kalman Filtering, Least Squares, etc)
  • Understanding of software architecture, interface design, testing patterns, and software development
  • Experience modeling complex space systems in particular interacting subsystems and constraints
  • A willingness to learn new skills and take on new responsibilities
  • Enjoyment of teaching and learning from other team members

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
  • FSA and HSA
  • 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, CA or Remote

Posted a month ago