Software Engineer (Spacecraft)

Engineering     San Mateo, CA     Full-time

Modern intelligent systems such as self-driving cars, aerial mobility, and mobile robotics have phenomenal potential to make all forms of transportation more efficient and safer. However, to realize the full extent of this potential, these systems must be able to navigate safely in any environment, anywhere on the planet. The most ubiquitous and widely used source of navigation, GNSS (commonly referred to as GPS), cannot deliver the precision or security needed to support these industries.

Xona is at the forefront of making precise and resilient navigation available on a global scale to help the age of autonomy expand its reach to everyone who can stand to benefit from it. Our success is dependent upon building an agile and diverse team that is excited about building things that have a real-world impact. We are curious, passionate, innovative, and thrive in a collaborative environment. Experience with space-tech is not required, and even if you don’t meet many of the desired qualifications below we would still love to connect and receive an application from you!

Xona is looking for a Software Engineer to join our Space Systems team. As a member of this team you will collaborate with our research staff to improve the capability and efficiency of the spacecraft software and bring it from development to production. This involves responsibility for building, testing, deploying, and maintaining the applications for spacecraft navigation and diagnostics on test and flight hardware. As a part of this multidisciplinary team you will also help specify hardware components for the spacecraft and develop the standards to qualify the spacecraft for flight readiness.

Desired Qualifications (not all are expected):

  • Bachelor’s degree or technical diploma in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or a relevant field

  • High level of proficiency with both compiled and interpreted languages

  • Experience developing software which meets functional safety and/or space flight requirements using real world sensor data

  • Strong track record of being able to triage and debug issues uncovered in testing

  • Understanding of GPS, GNSS, or other forms of navigation / localization

  • Familiarity with orbital mechanics, estimation theory, Kalman Filtering


Required Qualifications

  • All candidates must be either a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) due to U.S. export control regulations.



San Mateo, CA


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