Ground Software Engineer @ Impulse Space - Redondo Beach, CA

Job Overview

6 days ago

Ground Software Engineer

Impulse Space - Redondo Beach, CA

As a Ground Software Engineer, you will work on all aspects of spacecraft operations and play a pivotal role in the success of Impulse’s missions. You will design the software systems and architect the ground station network that enable operators to carry out missions in the most reliable and efficient way possible, and that span a broad range from near-earth payload deliveries to Mars surface landers.


  • Design, develop, integrate, test, and deliver large-scale ground software and mission control systems, including operator GUI’s and automation tools
  • Develop and implement software tools for operational automation, to reduce day-to-day operator responsibilities
  • Lead design and operation of the ground segment, including command and control, mission planning, mission data processing, and the associated infrastructure to support all activities. Conduct critical testing including radio-frequency compatibility, remote ground facility interface testing, and acceptance testing of critical ground stations/assets.
  • Work closely with subsystem teams and external customers to continually improve software tools and data products
  • Support testing at the component and spacecraft level as necessary to prepare Impulse hardware for flight
  • Support creation and execution of spacecraft simulator tests to validate mission/fault/autonomy design
  • Implement specific mission data processing applications into existing systems to support payloads and end data users
  • Resolve technical issues with innovative and resourceful solutions

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or science
  • Demonstrated experience with command and telemetry systems
  • Demonstrated experience with developing software applications in Python, C++ or similar
  • Demonstrated ability of taking project ownership and working well in team settings

Preferred Skills and Experience

Additional Information:
  • Flexible schedule and willing to travel as needed, including support of ground station operations inside and outside of the continental U.S.
Compensation bands are determined by role, level, location, and alignment with market data. Individual level and base pay is determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on job-related skills, education, experience, technical capabilities and internal equity.

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.
Impulse Space is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Impulse Space 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.

About Impulse Space

Founded in 2021 by Tom Mueller, a founding member of SpaceX. Impulse Space is driven by a vision to provide efficient, low cost in-space transportation services. Our space vehicles will provide transport to several kinds of earth orbits and interplanetary journeys. Those who share this vision include some of the industry’s best and brightest, who now make up the Impulse team. If you are interested in joining our team, we encourage you to apply.


Spacecraft Programs

Employment Type

Full Time


Redondo Beach

Workplace type



$105,000 - $180,000 / year

Reporting To

Drew Damon

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