Spacecraft Operations Engineer

Austin, TX
Engineering – Spacecraft /
Full-time /
Please Note: To conform with the United States Government Space Technology Export Regulations, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., conditional resident, asylee or refugee (protected individuals as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

At CesiumAstro, we are developers and pioneers of out-of-the-box communication systems for satellites, UAVs, launch vehicles, and other space and airborne platforms. We take pride in our dynamic and cross-functional work environment, which allows us to learn, develop, and engage across our organization. If you are looking for hands-on, interactive, and autonomous work, CesiumAstro is the place for you. We are actively seeking passionate, collaborative, energetic, and forward-thinking individuals to join our team.

In this position, you will be responsible for spacecraft operations through all stages of the development process for CesiumAstro payloads and satellites. Your responsibilities will include system design, team leadership, and hands-on satellite operations. The ideal candidate will be an experienced satellite operator and engineer with the desire and ability to create operations systems as well as utilize them.
As a Cesium spacecraft team member, you will work on a small team to develop satellites and put them in orbit. You will be responsible for designing satellite operations systems from end to end and then utilizing those systems to commission and operate satellites in low Earth orbit. You will provide creative solutions to complex problems to push the boundaries of satellite operations.
The successful candidate will also present engineering design review materials to our customers and executive team, as well as participate in proposal-writing efforts. As such, excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. 


    • Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Aerospace, Electrical, or Software Engineering 
    • Minimum of 9 years of direct experience in satellite operations in a professional or university setting
    • Strong understanding of satellite systems including CDH, EPS, Thermal, Comms, GNC, and Mechanisms 
    • Understanding of satellite ConOps, including fault detection and recovery as well as mode and state transitions
    • Understanding of the systems used in operations from the operator terminal to the missions databases and ground segment interfaces
    • Proficiency in at least one programming language used in building, maintaining and utilizing operations systems
    • Hands on experience in trouble-shooting satellties on-orbit
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 


    • Python, C++, MATLAB, or other programming languages 
    • Experience with COSMOS or other test and operational interfaces
    • Experiences standing up operations systems from scratch
    • Experience across operations for multiple mission classes\
    • Operations team leadership experience
CesiumAstro considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, education/training, and key skills. Full-time employment offers include company stock options and a generous benefits package featuring health, dental, vision, HSA, FSA, life and retirement plans. 
CesiumAstro, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.