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Vehicle Systems Software Engineer (Starship)

Company: Space Exploration Technologies
Location: Brownsville
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


This role is for a software engineer in the starship engineering organization focused on developing integrated operations and automation for suborbital and orbital launch missions of Starship and Super Heavy Booster product lines. Responsibilities include the over-arching conceptual operation as well as its implementation in automation that satisfies requirements and constraints of integrated vehicle and pad systems. Example projects include developing operations and associated automation to support Super Heavy launch/catch tower, vehicle commodity load, vehicle-pad interface systems, rapid launch recycle capability.


  • Develop countdown sequence for vehicle launch operations with inputs from vehicle and pad systems responsible engineers.
  • Provide operational impacts feedback on vehicle and pad hardware designs as they are developed.
  • Present automation at design and code review, take feedback from the team at large and incorporate into the overall plan.
  • Provide storyboards and CONOPs overviews and design reviews to ensure clear communication on how an operation is intended to work as well as provide a forum for feedback from team members.
  • Continuous improvement on ground automation to provide maximum flexibility for ground operations in a safe way, always looking for ways to improve operationally efficiency and flexibility.
  • Provide code review for launch ground support equipment automation (on things like propellant farm, gasifier, HEX, etc.)
  • Provide code review for vehicle automation team.


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline, physics, math, or science field.
  • Experience programming in Python or C++.


  • Bachelor's or advanced degree in computer science.
  • 2+ years experience writing code to control fluid or mechanical systems.
  • Experience writing and maintaining vehicle control software.
  • High proficiency with basic computer applications (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, email).
  • On console operational experience.
  • Familiarity with software ticketing and version control tools (Jira and GIT).


  • Ability to work long hours and weekends as needed.


  • 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.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX 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.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX's Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

Keywords: Space Exploration Technologies, Brownsville , Vehicle Systems Software Engineer (Starship), Other , Brownsville, Texas

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