Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer

San Francisco, CA /
Orbital Mechanics & Mission Operations – Guidance, Navigation, & Controls Engineering /
Astranis is connecting the four billion people in the world who do not currently have access to the internet. We are building the next generation of smaller, lower-cost spacecraft to bring the world online.

We are well-funded by some of the best investors in the business and have raised over $350 million to date. We have a world-class team that is passionate about building amazing technology. And we have a fun and collaborative work environment where you will learn a lot and make a huge impact no matter where you are in your career. Just check out our Glassdoor reviews to see what our team has to say about working at Astranis.

Our team is growing fast. Apply now!


    • Work within the Guidance, Navigation, and Control team to design, build, test, and operate satellite software and hardware
    • Software development including flight algorithms, simulation framework, and environmental models
    • System design including make/buy trades, component selection, system sizing, and pointing budgets
    • Hardware development including managing internal component build, external vendors, and subassembly bring-up and testing
    • Validation and verification through software simulation, Monte Carlo analysis, and hardware in the loop testing
    • Integration and test support
    • Concept of operations development, mission planning, and flight operation support
    • Assist in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring additional teammates to our rapidly-growing team.


    • Bachelor of Science degree in a technical discipline (e.g. engineering, CS, physics) with a focus on control systems, orbital mechanics, or similar
    • 2+ years industry experience working with Guidance, Navigation, and Control systems on spacecraft
    • Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing, and testing control systems
    • Demonstrated experience modeling flexible body dynamics and mitigating their effects through system design and control systems
    • Familiarity with processing sensor data and with sensor fusion techniques (e.g. extended Kalman filters) 
    • Demonstrated experience in coding and developing 6-DOF simulations or flight software
    • A passion for hardware development, including working in a fast-paced environment and doing hands-on design/development
    • Demonstrated ability to personally design, build, and test hardware and/or software from scratch
    • Don't meet them all? Not a problem. Please apply even if you do not meet all these criteria
    • US Citizenship or Green Card


    • Experience with low thrust trajectories 
    • Experience with geostationary spacecraft operations 
    • Experience with spacecraft propulsion
    • Experience with hardware in the loop simulation
    • Experience implementing algorithms for embedded systems
    • Experience with Python (Numpy, Scipy), C++, and Git

U.S. Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residency, or Refugee/Asylee Status Required
(To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States, or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3))
Our mission and our products are meant to connect the world and everyone in it, regardless of gender, race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.