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Senior Flight Software Engineer

Loft Orbital

Loft Orbital

Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2024
Wanna join the adventure?
We're developing the platform that enables our customers to develop software onboard satellites. We need individuals who: have experienced projects done at scale; designed and architected distributed systems.
You'll work collaboratively with a team of talented individual contributors both in the US and in Europe from a variety of backgrounds. You will have the opportunity to work together with Product Management and other stakeholders (Mission Leads, Satellite Operators, Ground Software, etc.) to iterate on new features, solve common goals, and ship space missions!

About the Role

  • Develop and maintain distributed system across multiple nodes on a variety of embedded platforms that include real-time operating systems (RTOS) and the Linux kernel.
  • Drive innovation on the team with an inclination to experiment and to boldly confront complex problems.
  • Represent Loft Orbital and its values in public communication around broad initiatives, specific projects, and community contributions.
  • Interact with customers and other external stakeholders as a consultant and spokesperson for the work of your team.
  • Focus on continuous improvement of technology, tools, and processes.


  • Languages: C/C++ (any version) | Python
  • Embedded Linux Operation: Systemd | Linux on ARM
  • Development Process: Git (gitlab, bitbucket, github, jetbrains space) | Ticketing (jira, redmine, mantis, trac, youtrack) | Continuous integration (gitlab-ci, teamcity, jenkins, bamboo, travis) | Build systems (make, cmake, autotools, bazel)
  • Distributed Application Frameworks (one of the following): Message Oriented middle-ware (DDS, MQTT, JMS) | Message Queue Frameworks (ZMQ, NNG) | CANOpen | Player/Stage | Remote Procedure Call systems (gRPC, CORBA, ACE)
  • Software Development Technologies: Linux Networking (UDP, TCP, IP) | POSIX | Multi-threaded applications
  • Application Domains (one of the following): Packet Serialization/deserialization | Data model serialization/deserialization (yaml, json, xml) | Real-time metrics (rrdb, influxdb, prometheus)


  • Languages: C/C++11, 14, 17 | Rust | Bash
  • Embedded Linux Operation: Yocto | Device-tree
  • Development Process: Unit test frameworks (pytest, googletest, unity) | Keyword driven test framework (robot, cucumber) | Static analysis tools (clang, llvm, cppcheck) | Source code linter (clang-format, parasoft)
  • Application Domains (one of the following): Middleware framework usage (ROS, OpenSplice, Leyly, Mosquitto | Embedded databases (sqlite, tiledb)
Who We Are
Loft Orbital builds “shareable” satellites, providing a fast & simple path to orbit for organizations that require access to space. Powered by our hardware & software products, we operate satellites, fly customer payloads onboard, and handle entire missions from end to end - significantly reducing the lead-time and risk of a traditional space mission.
Our standard interface enables us to fly multiple customer payloads on the same satellite, with capabilities such as earth imagery, weather & climate /science data collection, IoT connectivity, in-orbit demonstrations, and national security missions. Our customers trust us to manage their space infrastructure, so they can focus on what matters most to them: operating their mission and collecting their data.
At Loft, you’ll be given the autonomy and ownership to solve significant challenges, but with a close-knit and supportive team at your back. We believe that diversity and community are the foundation of an open culture. We are committed to hiring the best people regardless of background and make their time at Loft the most fulfilling period of their career.
We value kind, supportive and team-oriented collaborators. It is also crucial for us that you are a problem solver and a great communicator. As our team is international, you will need strong English skills to better collaborate, easily communicate complex ideas and convey important messages.
With 3 satellites on-orbit and a wave of exciting missions launching soon, we are scaling up quickly across our offices in San Francisco, CA | Golden, CO | and Toulouse, France.
As an international company your resume will be reviewed by people across our offices so please attach a copy in English.