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Optical Systems Engineer

Loft Orbital

Loft Orbital

Software Engineering
Toulouse, France
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2024
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Loft Orbital builds a space infrastructure providing a fast & simple path to orbit. Using different flight proven buses, we design, integrate and operate spacecrafts, to fly physical or virtual customers payloads. We handle entire missions from end to end, significantly reducing the lead-time and risk of a traditional space mission.
As an Earth Observation Senior Engineer at Loft, you will be the technical reference of optical payloads activities over the company. You will work closely with lead system engineer for each mission, and also with flight and ground software teams for processing activities, AIT for payload test activities and operations for in orbit calibration and image quality follow-on.
*Research shows that while men apply to jobs where they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalized people tend to only apply when they meet 100% of the qualifications. At Loft, we value respectful debate and people who aren’t afraid to challenge assumptions. We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t ‘check all the boxes.

About This Role:

  • Work with Earth observation customers to derive mission and payload requirements together with verification techniques and flowdown to software and hardware teams, including suppliers.
  • Follow and drive optical payload suppliers development and test activities
  • Develop with AIT team and OPS teams, on-ground and in-orbit test and calibration strategy
  • Develop on-board and on ground data processing strategy
  • Support the lead system engineer for mission CONOPS development
  • Support business development activities for optical payload customers and earth observation virtual missions
  • Support test procedures, and participate in the integration, test campaign, launch and in-orbit commissioning
  • Contribute to/own company earth observation roadmap development

Must Haves:

  • You have 8 or more years demonstrated experience as a earth observation payload/missions and image processing associated activities
  • You have a good understanding of bus performance needs (AKE, APE, stability, guidance profiles) derived from optical mission requirements
  • You are able to challenge customer needs (GSD, MTF, SNR, …) and include data processing (level 0 to 1c) capabilities into achievable end-to-end performances
  • You have strong communication and organizational skills
  • You challenge norms in aerospace engineering and testing activities and or experienced in fast-paced development environment
  • You handle pressure positively and are always ready to put hands-on

Nice to Haves:

  • Knowledge of Python
  • International experience

Some of Our Awesome Benefits:

  • Equity, we want you to have an active role in our success
  • Up to 35 days of Paid Time Off (vacations & RTT ) and flexible working hours, we want you to be at your best
  • Health and life insurance, we care about your health
  • Lunch Vouchers, because let’s be honest, we love food! (we even have a slack channel about it #loft-gourmand)
  • Cross-office travel opportunities between San Francisco, Colorado, and Toulouse to learn from our differences
  • Company and team off-sites and many other events to work & celebrate together
  • Relocation assistance to Toulouse when applicable
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.