Careers at SpaceX

Mission

SpaceX’s mission is to push past mankind's current difficulties with space travel by lowering the costs and commercializing the process.

History

Entrepreneur and PayPal co-founder Elon Musk believed that humans should be actively exploring space – with the ultimate goal of enabling life on Mars and other planets. In 2001, in an effort to regain public interest in space, he came up with the idea for a project called “Mars Oasis”, in which a miniature greenhouse would be placed on Mars in order to study plant growth. However, he realized that such an initiative would be too expensive for NASA and that an inexpensive rocket was needed.

In 2002 Musk made a trip to Moscow to buy refurbished intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that could transport the greenhouse. He met with manufacturer Kosmotras, which offered one rocket for $8 million. Musk felt this was too costly and returned to the U.S. On the trip back he reasoned that he could just start a rocket company himself. Performing some calculations, he determined that the raw materials for such a product represented only 3% of a rocket’s sale price.

Invigorated, Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies Corporation – better known as SpaceX. His goal was to create an inexpensive, reusable rocket that could make multiple space trips. He recruited rocket engineer Tom Mueller to work with him. They spent the next few years developing the product, called the Falcon 1 -- a reference to the Millennium Falcon in the movie “Star Wars”. The process was funded by a combination of investor funds and $100 million of his money.

In 2008, after three previous tries, the Falcon 1 went into orbit around the Earth -- becoming the first privately-funded, liquid-fueled rocket to accomplish this task. SpaceX began making the rocket available for commercial purposes, and in 2009 it carried its first successful payload, RazakSAT, into orbit. Falcon 1 was then retired in favor of Falcon 9, a new model. In 2010, Falcon 9 became the first private spacecraft to go into orbit and be successfully recovered. The firm was doing very well.

SpaceX has since built two more rockets, the Falcon Heavy and the Dragon, with both achieving milestones. The Dragon has delivered cargo to and from the International Space Station numerous times for NASA. Under a $1.6 billion contract with the agency, SpaceX will oversee at least 12 cargo resupply missions in the next few years. The company can now boast more than 70 planned launches on its manifest, representing more than $10 billion in contracts with NASA and private firms.

Business model of SpaceX

Customer Segments

SpaceX has a niche market model, with a specialized customer segment. The company markets its offerings to public and private organizations that want to transport items to space. Its projects have included commercial satellite launch, space station resupply, and government national security missions. Specific clients have included OrbComm, the U.S. Air Force, and MDA Corporation.

Value Proposition

SpaceX offers three primary value propositions: accessibility, performance, and brand/status.

The company has created accessibility by enabling travel to space for relatively inexpensive means. This has provided transport opportunities for many organizations seeking exploration.

The company has demonstrated strong performance. It has achieved numerous milestones, including the following:

  • Having the first privately-funded, liquid-fueled rocket to reach orbit around Earth
  • Being the first private company to successfully launch, orbit, and recover a spacecraft
  • Being the first private firm to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station
  • Being the first private firm to send a satellite into geosynchronous orbit
  • Overseeing the first landing of a first stage orbital capable rocket
  • Overseeing the first water landing of a first stage orbital capable rocket

The company has built a strong brand. As the first private company to actively explore space travel, it is well-established and well-known. It has gained further prominence through its association with Elon Musk, a high-profile entrepreneur who co-founded PayPal and founded Tesla.

Channels

SpaceX’s main channel is its business development team, through which it acquires most customers. The company promotes its offering on its website and through its social media pages.

Customer Relationships

SpaceX’s customer relationship is primarily of a dedicated personal assistance nature. The company works closely with clients as it oversees the launch, orbiting, and recovery of spacecraft.

Key Activities

SpaceX’s business model entails designing, manufacturing, and launching rockets and satellites.

Key Partners

SpaceX’s key partners are the suppliers who provide the parts for it to manufacture its spacecraft. The company has more than 3,000 of these partners, with 1,100 of them making weekly deliveries.

Key Resources

SpaceX’s main resource is its technology staff, which includes software, hardware, structural, and propulsion engineering employees. These employees work in its rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas; rocket testing facilities in Texas and New Mexico; launch facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Kennedy Space Center; satellite development facility in Redmond, Washington; regional offices in Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.; and headquarters in Hawthorne, California. As a startup, SpaceX has relied heavily on funding from outside parties, raising $1.25 billion from 11 investors as of January 2015.

Cost Structure

SpaceX has a value-driven structure, aiming to provide a premium proposition through significant personal service and frequent product enhancements. Its biggest cost driver is likely cost of goods, a variable cost. Other major drivers are in the areas of research/development and sales/marketing, also fixed costs.

Revenue Streams

SpaceX has one revenue stream: sales of the rockets, satellites, and merchandise it manufactures. The Falcon 9 rocket costs $62 million. The Falcon Heavy rocket costs $90 million. Pricing for the Dragon rocket is not currently available. The company’s website includes a store where it sells SpaceX-branded T-shirts, outerwear and accessories with a wide range of prices.

Our team

Elon Musk,
Founder, CTO, and CEO

info: Elon earned Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Chairman of electric car company Tesla and solar panel firm SolarCity, and previously co-founded and served as an executive at Internet firms PayPal and Zip2.

Ken Venner,
Chief Information Officer

info: Ken earned a Bachelor of Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology, a Master of Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MBA from New Hampshire College. He previously acted as CIO of Broadcom and Rockwell Electronic Commerce.

Bret Johnsen,
Chief Financial Officer

info: Bret earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California and an M.S. in Finance from San Diego State University. He previously served as VP, Corporate Controller, and Principal Accounting Officer of Broadcom and CFO of Mindspeed.

Gwynne Shotwell,
President and COO

info: Gwynne earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees n Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University. She previously served as VP of Business Development at SpaceX and as a Chief Engineer at Aerospace Corporation.

Jobs at SpaceX

Maintenance Technician (Starlink)
Hawthorne, California, United States
Employment Type: Full-Time Posting Category: Manufacturing and Production - Operations Description: SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN (STARLINK)SpaceX is developing a low latency, broadband internet system to meet the needs of consumers across the globe. Enabled by a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites, Starlink will provide fast, reliable internet to populations with little or no connectivity, including those in rural communities and places where existing services are too expensive or unreliable. We are looking for skilled and well-rounded maintenance technicians to help ensure high productivity and reliability of our high volume Starlink User Terminal manufacturing facility.RESPONSIBILITIES:Perform planned maintenance and unplanned repairs of production line assets that includes SMT line equipment, epoxy dispensing printers, conveyor systems, thermal chambers, test reliability chambers, and vacuum systemsRead and utilize schematics (mechanical/electrical/pneumatic/hydraulic) to troubleshoot systems down to the component levelUtilize diagnostic equipment to monitor equipment performance, diagnose root cause, and make reliability improvement recommendationsUse schematics, hand tools, electrical gauges and common test equipment for calibration, diagnosis and repair or maintenance of equipmentCommunicate with suppliers, specify requirements, get quotations, and submit purchase requisitions to purchase necessary itemsPerform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environmentBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:High school diploma or equivalency certificate3+ years of maintenance technician experience in a manufacturing and production environment3+ years of experience with repairing mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and/or hydraulic systemsPREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:Maintenance experience with ASM-SMT, Flexlink, Heller, Pemtron, Koh Young, Thermotron, Envirotronic, ESpec, Mycronic, Nordson, and Beckhoff equipment5+ years of experience as a maintenance technician or field service engineerMethodical approach to troubleshooting with high level of attention to detailExcellent manual dexterity in order to repair and perform preventative maintenance on SMT related equipment in a cleanroom environmentIPC-J-STD-001 certification and/or IPC-A-610 certificationAbility to adjust equipment, feeder, and change over setups for each processAbility to use power tools and hand tools as well as heavy equipmentAbility to read and interpret electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic schematics and drawingsAbility to write detailed repair reports when necessary (skilled with use of Microsoft Office Suite)Ability to maintain a safe and clean working environment while adhering to company policies, quality policies, and industry standardsDetail oriented, organized, and able to demonstrate a high sense of urgencyFamiliar with Lean or Six Sigma tools like Five Whys methodologyADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:1st shift (5am-2:30pm), 2nd shift (3:30pm-2am)Capable of being forklift certifiedPhysical effort including standing, lifting, and carrying equipment up to 30 lbs. unassistedITAR REQUIREMENTS:To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.  SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX 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.Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.
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Manager, IT Linux Systems
Hawthorne, California, United States
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Description: SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.MANAGER IT LINUX SYSTEMSThis person will manage a world-class team of IT engineers focused on the design implementation and support of repeatable reliable and scalable infrastructure to support all SpaceX personnel including the engineering production launch and mission teams. The ideal candidate will be flexible and flourish in a fast-paced and challenging environment. He or she should be a self-starter and have excellent motivation leadership and ingenuity to excel at this position. This is a "hands on" management position; the ideal candidate will be able to coach motivate and lead the team while being capable of assisting with the design and execution of programs.RESPONSIBILITIES: Design implement and maintain all aspects of Ubuntu/CentOS Linux-based servers and desktops including:Open-source applications on Linux such as Apache BIND HAProxy Nginx Git Puppet Ansible K8s etc.Source code and version control tools such as Subversion and Bitbucket/Git.Workflow and issue management tools such as JIRA.Build management and continuous integration tools such as Bamboo and Jenkins.Databases such as Postgres and MySQL.Engineering collaboration tools such as Confluence Jira BitBucket Read the Docs etc.Logging indexing monitoring and search tools such as the Elastic Stack Influx Grafana Sensu Icinga Prometheus etc.Define manage and execute on a roadmap of projects that continues to raise the bar through implementing innovative technology tools automation and processes with a team of engineers and administrators.Manage mentor and lead a team of IT systems engineers and administrators while serving as the primary liaison from IT to certain customers.BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering IT information systems math physics or similar technical discipline OR at least 5 years of Linux engineering experience without a degree.Formal experience managing a team of systems engineers/administrators.Experience with Linux servers in physical and virtualized environments.PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:Scripting/automation experience with Python bash etc.Experience with configuration management (Puppet Chef Ansible) provisioning infrastructure as code and other DevOps concepts and tools (Vagrant Docker Kubernetes etc.)Experience with both client and server hardware/software management tools storage technologies enterprise networking virtualization and security technologies.Professional experience with Linux-based and open-source systems and technologies such as Apache BIND HAProxy NGINX sendmail/postfix iptables including the ability to setup configure upgrade manage and troubleshoot.A strong desire to automate everything!Ability to clearly communicate and convey highly technical ideas in terms non-geeks can understand.A motivated self-starting personality able to work independently while maintaining patience with constant interruptions and multiple requests.Comfortable working with mission critical and sensitive systems with a sense of urgency appropriate to the responsibilities.ITAR REQUIREMENTS:To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen lawful permanent resident of the U.S. protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.  SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX 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.Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000. Security and Information Technology Linux Management Leadership Management Technology Python Linux DevOps Puppet Docker Collaboration
Integration Technician (Starship)
Brownsville, Texas, United States
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with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.INTEGRATION TECHNICIAN (STARSHIP)The vehicle integration technician is responsible for the integration of all secondary structure avionics and stage propulsion components and systems to the vehicle’s primary structure. The task requires both avionics and mechanical integration skills along with pneumatic and avionics checkout activity.RESPONSIBILITIES:Stage set up assemble test and install flight hardwareUse precision calibrated toolsHands on operations with both large and small fragile assembliesHeavy rigging for large assembliesOperate personnel platforms (boom lifts scissor lifts etc.)Read and interpret engineering drawings and work instructionsPerform work according to procedures specifications and test instructionsUse various mechanical tools without prior instructionCollaborate with production engineers to develop and document integration processesEnsure all production services are performed on time safely and in a professional mannerPerform fluids and pneumatic testingBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:High school diploma or equivalency certificate2+ years of professional propulsion mechanical automotive electrical or avionics hardware installation experiencePREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:FAA Airframe and PowerPlant licenseExperience in the aerospace industry aviation military or other high-reliability operating environmentExperience with forklifts cranes and heavy transport equipmentKnowledge of pressure temperature and flow measurement devices mechanical and electrical systems and propulsion enginesSkill in operating and manipulating machinery and various hand and power tools requiring manual dexterityAbility to use precision measuring instrumentsAbility to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced challenging work environmentProficient with computers and the ability to use MS OfficeAbility to work effectively in a team environmentADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:This role requires working from 6 AM - 6 PM; 3 days on 4 days off then 4 days on 3 days offAbility to lift at least 25 lbs unassistedWilling to travel up to 25%Ability to climb ladders and work in confined spacesWilling to work all shifts overtime and weekends as neededITAR REQUIREMENTS:To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen lawful permanent resident of the U.S. protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.  SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX 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.Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000. Starship Production Automotive Transport Technology Testing
Sr. Information Security Analyst
Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States
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Description: SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.Sr. INFORMATION SECURITY ANALYSTWe are a target of both nation states and actors focused on brand destruction. Information drives our business and we must protect against unauthorized changes improper destruction loss or theft of that information. As a highly visible and dynamic organization we must also value and guard against damage to our reputation and brand. Finally it is paramount that we defend against loss of control or confidence in our systems in order to guarantee the highest probability of mission success. SpaceX Information Security Analysts are responsible for analyzing and responding to threats directed at our environment.RESPONSIBILITIES:Support SpaceX as our front line responder by identifying triaging and remediating security detections and anomalies.Assess newly published vulnerabilities and attacker Tactics Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) to identify possible defensive measures to locate and stop threat actors.Provide incident response support as a key stakeholder. Collaborate with SpaceX engineering teams to proactivity improve and secure systems from future attacks.Operate and help mature playbooks to protect SpaceX people missions and assets.BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:5+ years of professional experience in information security.Experience with operating system internals for Linux Windows or macOS platforms.Experience with network and host-based collection tools.PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:Understanding of classic and emerging threat actor tactics techniques and procedures in both pre- and post-exploitation phases of attack lifecycles.Deep understanding of Incident Response processes.Experience using Elastic Splunk and/or other SIEMs.Experience scripting language(s) for the purposes of automating security operations and incident response processes.Experience with reverse engineering C2 exploitation and broader system/network forensics.Security community contributions (blog posts conference talks CTFs tool development etc.)Knowledge of cloud infrastructure and cloud security.SANS/GIAC OSCP or similar certifications.Technical degree.ITAR REQUIREMENTS:To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen lawful permanent resident of the U.S. protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX 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.Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000. Security and Information Technology Technology Linux
Purchasing Coordinator
Brownsville, Texas, United States
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with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.PURCHASING COORDINATORRESPONSIBILITIES: Issue purchase orders quickly and without errorEnsure purchase orders are acknowledged by suppliersObtain the original promise date from suppliersReview open order report and manage deliveriesResolve invoice issues and ensuring that vendors are paid on timeSupport buyers in cost savings initiativesLead miscellaneous procurement projectsBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor’s degreePREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:Ability to type 90 words per minuteBachelor's degree in engineering finance business or supply chainPurchasing experienceRemarkable problem-solving skills with a bias for speedQuick learner and ability to prioritize appropriately to meet customer and company needsExcellent customer service skillsEffective written verbal and presentation communication skillsExceptional analytical and organizational skillsADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Position requires ability to work overtime when neededITAR REQUIREMENTS:To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen lawful permanent resident of the U.S. protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.  SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX 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.Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000. Purchasing Finance Technology
Purchasing Coordinator - Temporary
Brownsville, Texas, United States
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with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.PURCHASING COORDINATOR – TEMPORARY RESPONSIBILITIES: Issue purchase orders quickly and without errorEnsure purchase orders are acknowledged by suppliersObtain the original promise date from suppliersReview open order report and manage deliveriesResolve invoice issues and ensuring that vendors are paid on timeSupport buyers in cost savings initiativesLead miscellaneous procurement projectsPOSITION DETAILS:This is a temporary position with SpaceX for the length of time as stated and is subject to change with minimal notice as business needs dictate.LENGTH OF POSITION: 3 monthsLOCATION: Brownsville TXSHIFT: standard business hoursRole would be eligible for medical benefits sick time paid holidays and 401kBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor’s degreePREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:Ability to type 75 words per minuteBachelor's degree in engineering finance business or supply chainPurchasing experienceRemarkable problem-solving skills with a bias for speedQuick learner and ability to prioritize appropriately to meet customer and company needsExcellent customer service skillsEffective written verbal and presentation communication skillsExceptional analytical and organizational skillsADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Position requires ability to work overtime when neededITAR REQUIREMENTS:To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen lawful permanent resident of the U.S. protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.  SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX 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.Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000. Purchasing Finance Technology
Human Landing System (HLS) Design Reliability Engineer
Hawthorne, California, United States
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Description: SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.Human Landing System (HLS) Design Reliability EngineerAfter 50 years humankind will once again return to surface of the moon using SpaceX’s new vehicle the Human Landing System (HLS) – this time for good. Leveraging the lessons learned from our flight proven Dragon spacecraft Falcon and now Starship HLS will usher in the next era of manned spaceflight and exploration ultimately allowing us to establish permanent communities on the Moon Mars and beyond.The HLS Design Reliability team is responsible for ensuring that flight hardware and concepts-of-operations lead to successful completion of missions while meeting or exceeding both internal and external design requirements. We perform an industry-unique agile systems engineering role including engineering reviews facilitating cross disciplinary action and problem solving and customer-focused certification efforts across all HLS Starship systems.RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop design criteria requirements and verification approaches for new systemsEnsure that the SpaceX design process & design criteria/requirements are being followed for flight launch and/or recovery systems including:Providing critical peer review and approval of hardware designs during design reviews and of acceptance and qualification test campaignsDriving improvements to vehicle design by being closely integrated with hardware teamsPerforming final verification reviews for reuse hardwareEnsure that the customer design criteria/requirements are addressed for flight systems including:Leading spacecraft certification efforts through direct interaction with U.S. Government customersTailoring and negotiating requirements and verifications to meet program goalsReviewing vehicle changes to ensure qualification complianceBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor's degree in computer science engineering math or science discipline2+ years professional experience in an engineering roleHardware experience performing engineering fabrication assembly or testing in a professional academic or recreational settingPREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:Master's degree in computer science engineering math or science disciplineExperience with aircraft launch vehicles spacecraft or other aerospace systemsKnowledge of aircraft launch vehicle or spacecraft requirements and standardsExperience with standards and requirement negotiationExcellent customer interface skillsExperience with at least one commercial FEA package (NASTRAN ABAQUS or ANSYS)Hands on experience with various industry standard manufacturing tools techniques and processes i.e. mills lathes electronics assembly composite layupScripting and data analysis experience using Visual Basic Matlab Python and ExcelADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Must be available to work long hours and weekends as necessaryITAR REQUIREMENTS:To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen lawful permanent resident of the U.S. protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.  SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX 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.Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000. Starship Engineering Technology Testing Python Negotiation MATLAB
Software Engineer (Starlink)
Redmond, Washington, United States
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Description: SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.SOFTWARE ENGINEER (STARLINK)Want to build the next era of the Internet? Want to write code that ships to thousands of satellites in space? Want to develop the infrastructure necessary to bring high speed broadband to every corner of the world?The Starlink software team is solving challenges underpinning every aspect of SpaceX’s satellite internet project and we’re looking for engineers to join us in building:Next generation networking technologies to direct data through an ever changing network of satellites ground stations and users.Firmware and controls software running on custom hardware that flies the world’s largest fleet of spacecraft.Infrastructure and tools to enable rapid development and reliable deployment of our code to dynamic production environments.Our software engineers are responsible for the complete lifecycle of the software they create including development testing and support.RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop highly reliable and available software systems for our low latency high capacity satellite-based global software defined network.Design and implement highly available fault-tolerant network that operates for long periods of time with minimal maintenance at scale.Participate in architecture design and code reviews.Develop prototypes to prove out key design concepts and quantify technical constraints.Collaborate with other engineers to plan and organize the development of our products.There are several sub-teams within Starlink software with different focus areas. Applicants will interview for specific teams based on hiring needs and qualifications. Specific team responsibilities might include: Write high quality Linux based software for common processors and microcontrollers (e.g. ARM PowerPC x86 etc.)Invent new tools that enable more frequent and reliable software deployment test execution and data analysis as part of a continuous integration and release system.Develop tools that allow for test execution across multiple environments: virtualized hardware real hardware-in-the-loop simulations and on-orbit testing. BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering math or science discipline OR 2+ years of experience in software development.Development experience in C C++ python or mobile development languages.PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:Developed debugged and deployed software that has been used in real world applications/projects.Creative approach to problem solving exceptional analytical skills and engineering fundamentals.Solid fundamental knowledge of networks electronics math and physics.Strong skills in debugging performance optimization and unit testing.Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.Ability to work effectively in a dynamic environment with changing needs and requirements.Some preferred skills and experience depend on the specific team within Starlink software and may include:Experience with networking protocols (UDP TCP/IP etc.)Experience in C++ for high performance systems.Experience with security issues associated with distributed systems and internet services.Deep understanding of testing continuous integration build deployment & continuous monitoring.ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Must be able to work extended hours and weekends as needed.ITAR REQUIREMENTS:To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen lawful permanent resident of the U.S. protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.  SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX 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.Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000. Starlink Engineering Technology Testing Python Linux
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