Senior Flight Software Engineer, Avionics

El Segundo, California
Engineering – Electronic Systems /
Full-time /
ABL Space Systems was founded in 2017 by veterans of SpaceX and Morgan Stanley to develop low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite industry. More importantly, we’re building a launch system we are truly proud of – no gimmicks or over-design, just reliable, rapidly deployable launches. We’re an ambitious team with big goals and, together, we’re determined to prove that reaching space can be simple, efficient, and routine.  

When launch day arrives, we want you by our side


As Head of Flight Software you will lead architectural design and day-to-day management of your team of engineers responsible for the delivery of reliable, scalable, and testable software on our launch vehicles.


    • Design and develop highly reliable autonomous flight software.
    • Own flight software development from conception to flight-ready systems through design, development, testing, and integration.
    • Champion safety, reliability, and testability.
    • Collaborate with your FSW team on architectural decisions, investigations, troubleshooting issues, and designing solutions.
    • Contribute to the development of feature, regression, SIL, and HIL testing.


    • Degree in Computer Science (CS), Computer Engineering (CE), Electrical Engineering (EE), or other relevant field.
    • 5+ years experience in the development of high reliability software.


    • Proficiency with C++, Python, and Linux.
    • Experience in designing fault tolerant or fail safe architectures. 
    • Experience developing software for physical systems that employ sensors, real-time planning and control, commanding of actuators or motors, wired communications or RF transceivers.


    • Critical thinking:  ABL engineers seek to understand the “why” behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes 
    • Ability to navigate ambiguity: ABL engineers must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective 
    • End-to end ownership:  projects are delivered fully complete and ready for flight


    • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time
    • Ability to life 50 pounds with reasonable accommodations 
    • Ability to use a computer to complete assignments 
    • Ability to communicate with individuals and groups in person, by phone and telepresence 
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will typically work in an office environment, unless working outdoors is necessary to complete audits, safety inspections, trainings or investigations  
    • Travel up to 25% to ABL sites, customers, and vendors
$145,000 - $210,000 a year
The salary range for this role is $145,000.00 - $210000.00. This is the lowest to highest salary we reasonably and in good faith believe we would pay for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range, and the range may be modified in the future. An employee’s pay position within the salary range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, performance, and business or organizational needs. 
ITAR Requirement
This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, U.S. permanent residents, individuals granted U.S. asylum status, or individuals admitted in U.S. refugee status) is a required qualification for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.