Mission Control Lead Software Engineer – Advanced Development Programs

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We are a team with wide-ranging skillsets that value safety, problem-solving and diversity. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

As part of a diverse and hardworking team, you will contribute to the design of the flight software for future space vehicles. You will be responsible for leading the team tasked with developing mission operation software responsible for command and control of an autonomous space vehicle. This includes defining architectures and requirements, coordination of team activities, and leadership of development and verification planning. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration, and your dedicated commitment and detailed attention will further the cause of safe and repeatable spaceflight. 

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. 


  • Design, implement, test, verify and deploy mission operations, safety-critical software systems, ensuring the success of Blue Origin's space missions. 
  • Guide the development and implementation of mission operation software and ground system infrastructure.
  • Perform trade studies to determine whether to develop software tools in-house, subcontract work to develop tools, or adapt or purchase existing software to perform a particular function.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams, including engineers representing flight vehicle systems, mission control infrastructure, and customers to define software requirements, architectures, and designs.
  • Coordinate with mission control infrastructure and mission system engineers to plan, develop, and lead system verification and qualification.
  • Produce documentation for software architecture, design, verification plans, user manual and training material.
  • Support mission control software operations responsibilities (maintenance, flaw correction, improvements) during operator training; ground data system verification, validation and certification; spacecraft integration; and flight.
  • Develop and integrate software components, including unit-level and system-level tests.


  • B.S. or higher degree in computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, aerospace engineering, or related field or equivalent experience.
  • 7+ years of software development experience including 5+ years of technical management and production software development.
  • Proven software development skills in C/C++ and Python.
  • Experience in software build automation, continuous integration, configuration management, verification, and deployment.
  • Experience with Agile software development processes.
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of diversity and inclusion.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


  • Experience designing and developing software for space flight operations.
  • Operational experience in safety-critical operational domains.
  • Experience working with controls software written in C/C++/Simulink.
  • Experience with Infrastructure as Code and Cloud Technologies
  • Experience developing mission and activity planning and scheduling and timeline display for space missions
  • Experience with communications protocols for space applications (e.g. CCSDS, DDS, etc.)
  • Experience with software development in compliance with mission and safety-critical standards, such as DO-178 or NPR 7150.2.
  • Experience with Guidance, Navigation and Control software integration in an embedded system, and familiarity with flight sensors and actuators.
  • Experience with spacecraft subsystems and associated subsystem software.


Blue Origin offers a phenomenal work environment and outstanding culture with competitive compensation, benefits, 401K, and relocation. 

Blue Origin is an equal opportunity employer. In addition to EEO being the law, it is a policy that is fully consistent with Blue's principles. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy or age. Blue Origin prohibits any form of workplace harassment. 

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

 The expected salary range for the position is displayed in accordance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Final agreed upon compensation is based upon individual qualifications and experience.

Estimated salary wage (Colorado only): $150K- $250K

Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.

Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Washington Fair Chance Act, Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation

Applicants wishing to receive information on Blue Origin’s Affirmative Action Plans, or applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application and/or interview process, please contact us at EEOCompliance@blueorigin.com.


Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability and 401(k) with up to 5% company match.

Paid Time Off:  Provides up to 4 weeks per year, in addition to 14 holidays

Blue Origin
Blue Origin

United States, Seattle, WA - Huntsville, AL - Denver, CO - Phoenix, AZ - Space Coast, FL - Los Angeles, CA - Reston, VA

Posted 11d ago

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