Lead Satellite Engineer

Englewood, Colorado
R&D /
Full-time (Regular) /
ispace, inc. is a global lunar resource development company with the vision, “Expand our Planet. Expand our Future.” specializing in designing and building lunar landers and rovers. ispace aims to extend the sphere of human life into space and create a sustainable world by providing high-frequency, low-cost transportation services to the Moon. The company has offices in Japan, Luxembourg, and the United States and is growing rapidly.  ispace Technologies U.S., based in Englewood, Colorado, focuses on high-capacity payload lunar landers.

With locations in the U.S., Japan, and Europe, ispace is positioned to be a global leader in the exploration and development of the moon. Let's go to the moon together! Our team is growing, and we are actively looking for great people to join the ispace mission.

ispace is looking for a Lead Satellite Engineer to add to it's growing team!

Key Responsibilities:

    • Lead a team of engineers in the execution of satellite design, build, and test activities. Provide guidance, mentorship, and support to team members to ensure project success.
    • Collaborate closely with a cross-functional team of engineers and managers to drive the execution of satellite projects, ensuring timely and efficient delivery.
    • Establish and maintain relationships with suppliers and vendors. Act as the primary point of contact for technical discussions with suppliers, ensuring alignment with project goals and specifications.
    • Oversee the entire satellite project lifecycle, from design to implementation and transition to operations. Manage scope, schedule, and budget effectively to ensure project milestones are achieved.
    • Identify, assess, and manage technical risks associated with satellite development. Implement effective mitigation strategies to safeguard project objectives.
    • Document and report project progress to stakeholders, including presenting updates, findings, and technical information to leadership and team members.
    • Identify opportunities for design and operational optimization to meet program goals efficiently while ensuring alignment with quality standards.
    • Own Interface Control Documents (ICDs), Concept of Operations (ConOps), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)/Fault Detection, Isolation, and Recovery (FDIR) processes, and other essential documentation.
    • Other duties as assigned


    • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related field. Advanced degrees are preferred. We will consider an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience.
    • Experience: Minimum of 7 years of experience in satellite systems engineering and project management. RF or mechanical expertise preferred.
    • Technical Proficiency: In-depth knowledge of satellite/RF/mechanical systems, subsystems, technologies, and industry standards.
    • Project Management: Proven experience in managing complex engineering projects from inception to completion.
    • Communication: Exceptional communication and presentation skills, with the ability to convey complex technical information clearly.
    • Leadership: Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to lead and motivate cross-functional teams.
    • Problem-Solving: Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to navigate technical challenges and implement effective solutions.

    • Satellites are only one part of ispace’s advanced R&D in support of our mission to expand human presence on the Moon. It is envisioned that the scope of this role will expand to other areas of R&D related to lunar infrastructure development following the completion of the satellite project.

Compensation and Benefits:

    • Competitive salary based upon experience - $135k+ The salary posted is a targeted budget of the position.  Base compensation can be negotiated and will be commensurate with experience, skills, education, and training.
    • Equity/Stock options
    •  Medical/vision/dental health benefits (Some 100% company paid options available for employee only) 
    • Hybrid work schedule
    • Company-paid public transportation on RTD buses and light rail (RTD EcoPass) 
    • Paid vacation (18 days), Sick days (6 days), Holidays (12 paid holidays)
    • 401(k)
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.  

ispace is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with ispace is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.
Eligible candidates must be willing to undergo and successfully complete a criminal background screening prior to hire.
ispace Technologies, US, Inc. is a drug-free workplace.
ispace Technologies, US, Inc. participates in the E-Verify program.