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Autonomous Systems Software Engineer
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SpaceX | Hawthorne, CA
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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.

Autonomous Systems and Fault Protection Engineer
Assess fault tolerance of subsystem designs and work with subsystem engineers to select fault mitigation methods for the Dragon spacecraft (cargo and crew versions) and the Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Design, implement, and review algorithms to detect and respond to fault conditions, i.e. develop Fault Detection, Isolation, and Recovery (FDIR) software / Computer-Based Control System (CBCS) software. Develop state transition diagrams and command sequences to support autonomous operations of spacecraft subsystems. Support flight software verification and validation (V&V) activities by developing software test plans and reviewing Hardware-in-the-Loop test data and in-flight data. Review mission operations procedures and support real-time operations of Dragon Spacecraft in the SpaceX Mission Control Center, including anomaly investigation and resolution. Interact with customers to communicate the vehicle fault tolerance design and the results of software verification testing. Design and implement software tools to streamline mission operations and automate data review.
Basic Qualifications
Undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or equivalent area of focus. 3 or more years of professional experience in a related field. Preferred Skills and Experience
General familiarity with the disciplines necessary for spacecraft flight, including: propulsion, avionics, GN&C, flight software, mission operations, systems engineering and integration. Familiarity with spaceflight requirements and approaches to safety and failure tolerance. Experience with Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) and Failure Modes, Effects, and Criticality Analysis (FMEA / FMECA). Familiarity with software best practices and certification. Experience with computer programming preferred, especially Python or C++.
Additional Requirements:
Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed
ITAR Requirements:
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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 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.

About SpaceX

SpaceX is developing a family of launch vehicles and spacecraft intended to increase the reliability and reduce the cost of both manned and unmanned space transportation, ultimately by a factor of ten. With the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 vehicles, SpaceX offers highly reliable/cost-efficient launch capabilities for spacecraft insertion into any orbital altitude and inclination. Starting in 2010, SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft will provide Earth-to-LEO transport of pressurized and unpressurized cargo, including resupply to the International Space Station (ISS). Founded in 2002, SpaceX is a private company owned by management and employees, with minority investments from Founders Fund and DFJ. The SpaceX team now numbers nearly 800, with corporate headquarters in Hawthorne, California.