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Flight Software Engineer (All Levels)

Argo Space

Argo Space

Software Engineering
hermosa beach, ca, usa · hermosa beach, ca, usa · California, USA · United States
Posted on Friday, May 17, 2024

As a Flight Software Engineer at Argo, you will be a member of the team architecting the full software stack for Argo's refuellable in-space transport vehicles and other space and ground test systems. You will help drive the overall spacecraft system architecture, execute vehicle design and higher-level performance and communication system trade studies, and implement the spacecraft’s GNC algorithms into software that controls the vehicle systems. You will actively contribute to the full life cycle of software development at Argo, from early architectural decisions and design through to hardware in the loop testing, on-vehicle functionality, and flight operations.


  • Write rigorous, high performance code to support Argo’s high-deltaV, refuellable transport spacecraft to make in-space transportation abundant and affordable
  • Drive rapid execution and iteration efforts that put our spacecraft in orbit quickly
  • Hands-on prototyping, integration, troubleshooting, and testing of simulations, flight algorithms, and hardware in the loop testing
  • Implement rapidly developed code to support development and testing of avionics, propulsion, electromechanical, and other spacecraft systems
  • Negotiate requirements by having a deep understanding of the company and mission objectives and providing alternative solutions
  • Conduct design reviews, test readiness reviews, and flight readiness reviews with a heavy emphasis on technical excellence


  • Bachelor's degree in relevant computer science or engineering discipline
  • 3+ years of experience designing complex software that operate in novel time-sensitive and/or embedded environments (autonomous vehicles, drones, spacecraft, etc.)
  • Capable of maintaining flexibility in direction under changing circumstances
  • Track record of delivering novel, excellent technical products
  • Strong understanding of operating systems, data structures, networking protocols, communication standards, and computer architectures
  • Understanding of modeling and simulation, and software development skills, particularly in C/C++/Python
  • Proven system engineering and configuration management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree in computer science, engineering or physics
  • Experience writing code for real-time operating systems requiring execution at a deterministic rate
  • Experience with existing automation-frameworks such as ROS, NASA cFS, or MAX
  • Experience in a start-up or fast-paced software development environment
  • Experience with spacecraft on-orbit operations and troubleshooting