Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space, and that access is now a reality thanks to Rocket Lab. Our team is 500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly and we are action-oriented.
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The Photon Program
Rocket Lab is seeking exceptional engineers to work on its Photon satellite program. Photon is a first-of-its-kind platform in the small satellite industry: a versatile satellite bus that is also an integral part of the launch vehicle. Photon is being developed to enable a broad range of missions in low-Earth orbit and beyond. Photon was recently selected by NASA to deploy a CubeSat to the Moon in 2021 as a pathfinder for Gateway, the program to return humans to the lunar surface.
Engineers within the Photon team have a unique opportunity to help shape this space system and, given the high launch cadence of Electron, have unparalleled opportunities for end-to-end software development and on-orbit operations. Your days will be spent developing software architecture, writing and testing software, and iterating based on lessons learned from your software running in space. The ideal candidate will have a strong software development background and will be familiar spacecraft and satellite systems.
Spacecraft Operations Engineer
Rocket Lab is seeking a Spacecraft Operations Engineer to support the operations development and on-orbit operations of Rocket Lab’s Photon satellites, including the lunar CAPSTONE mission in 2021. This role is focused on automation and requires a strong software background as well as a breadth and depth of experience working with spacecraft.
The Spacecraft Operations team is responsible for maintaining the health and safety of Rocket Lab’s growing fleet of spacecraft and ensuring that mission objectives and SLAs are met. The team’s goal is to maximize the value Rocket Lab can create from a constantly changing fleet of diverse spacecraft. The Spacecraft Operations team also works closely with related teams, such as the spacecraft design, AIT, flight software, etc, to help improve both the ground and satellite-based capabilities over time. This unique challenge requires a versatile engineer that can:
Because this role is focused on automation, Spacecraft Operations Engineers need to be comfortable writing code that handles the challenges of remotely operating spacecraft. Spacecraft Operations engineers will also provide guidance to other team members on how to do things simply, safely, and reliably with Rocket Lab satellites.
Another key responsibility is working side-by-side with subsystem engineers and stakeholders to successfully complete on-orbit activities and experiments. This engineer helps make sure that experiments can execute quickly, the right data is collected, and everything goes smoothly and safely. Resilience and adaptability are key here – being able to run on orbit activities quickly and often allows the Photon team to iterate quickly.
Spacecraft Operations Engineers report to the Spacecraft Operations Lead. The Spacecraft Operations group is responsible for on-orbit operation of Rocket Lab spacecraft after launch and orbit injection and works directly with the launch team for mission planning and operational support.
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To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.
Rocket Lab USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, employment with Rocket Lab USA is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status
United States, Long Beach, California
Posted 12d ago