Flight software engineer Job at Terran Orbital, Irvine, CA

  • Terran Orbital
  • Irvine, CA

Job Description

Be more than just an employee number! Join Terran Orbital, a leader in innovation, manufacturing, and operations in the satellite industry. We are a pioneer in the miniaturization of space technologies and the delivery of responsive space solutions. We are a unique, fast-growing, and trusted team focused on quickly and economically designing, building, launching, and operating state-of-the-art satellites for advanced mission constellations.

Terran Orbital is seeking an experienced Sr Flight Software Engineer, Spacecraft, to join our growing team. Reporting to the Software Engineering Manager, the Sr. Flight Software Engineer, Spacecraft will join a collaborative team to develop innovative nano-satellite vehicle solutions for multiple projects.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with multiple engineering teams to establish software requirements and design high-level software architecture
  • Perform as the technical lead of a satellite program
  • Lead a team of junior software engineers, providing mentorship and tasking
  • Design, develop, and maintain simple, reliable, and fault-tolerant software
  • Develop software for unique payloads, including image processing, aero-braking, and propulsive lunar landing
  • Create comprehensive unit and regression tests in existing frameworks
  • Integrate and test software in simulation, flight replica, flight vehicle, and hardware-in-the-loop environments
  • Communicate with the customer in technical working groups

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent field
  • 5+ years of experience developing C++ applications for embedded, high-performance, or critical systems
  • Highly motivated, self-starting, responsible, thorough, and able to perform duties autonomously without supervision
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Additional Differentiators

  • Experience using ARM and Texas Instruments platforms for embedded systems
  • Experience with test equipment, oscilloscopes, and spectrum analyzers
  • Experience with Linux and GNU tools such as make GCC and debuggers such as GDB
  • Experience with scripting languages such as bash and Python


  • 100% Company-paid comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents
  • Employee Equity Incentive Program
  • 401(k) Match
  • Unlimited PTO

Salary Range $150,000 - $220,000

Your actual level and base salary will be determined case-by-case and may vary based on the job-related qualification, knowledge, skills, education, and experience. In addition to base salary, we offer equity for each employee, 100% covered medical, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) match, unlimited flex time off, covered life insurance, maternity and paternity leave, tuition reimbursement, employee referrals, and lots of swag!

About Terran Orbital

Terran Orbital is a leading manufacturer of satellite products primarily serving the aerospace and defense industries. Terran Orbital provides end-to-end satellite solutions by combining satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations, and on-orbit support to meet the needs of the most demanding military, civil, and commercial customers. Learn more at

Physical Demands

An employee must meet the physical demands described to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. In performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely required to sit or stand for long durations of time, in addition to bending, reaching, and walking. This would require the ability to lift or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move objects up to 25 pounds. This position is generally sedentary, with substantial computer usage.

Work Environment

The job operates in a professional office environment but in a manufacturing company. This job routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and scanners.


To comply with US Government space technology export regulations, the applicant 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 authorizations from the US Department of State. In addition, please note that this position may require a current United States National Security clearance or eligibility for such a clearance.Terran Orbital is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law.

If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at hr@terranorbital.com.

Job Tags

Permanent employment, Full time, Local area, Flexible hours,

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