Flight Software Engineer

Los Angeles, California

ABL's Flight Software Engineers are critical to mission success and integral to nearly every subsystem on the launch vehicle ranging from power distribution to propulsion system control.

Solid Flight Software (FSW) Engineers know they are not just programmers, but rather engineers responsible for providing novel solutions in an agile environment while also producing robust, verified code. Good FSW engineers are also capable of bridging disciplines to work with the hardware and systems engineers.

Responsibilities

Perform and lead the FSW system development, implementation, deployment and testing

  • ‍Gather, define, and document software requirements to meet existing and anticipated needs across the launch vehicle
  • Develop algorithms capable of meeting redundancy requirements

Develop, analyze and review data to validate and verify system meets specifications and design requirements

  • Ensure system quality and performance through rigorous software test, verification and validation (V&V) techniques
  • Write test plans and testing cases while leading the execution of unit/integration/systems level V&V

Partner with Avionics team to develop hardware requirements (e.g. switches and computers) needed to meet the FSW system level needs

Near Term Responsibilities

During ABL's early phases, the FSW engineer will be responsible for a broad scope, initial high level areas of responsibility may include:

Work with Ground Software and Integration Checkout teams to stand up racks required to "talk" to the launch vehicle

Stand up development integrated test bed or "Hardware in the Loop"(HITL), working with the Avionics, GNC and hardware teams in HITL environment to develop transitions and commands

Typical launch vehicle FSW functionality includes:

  • Guidance Navigation Control (GNC)
  • Redundancy and contingency management, capabilities for "Failure Detection Isolation and Recovery" (FDIR)
  • Telemetry packet encoding and decoding
  • HITL simulation both as a development and verification tool
  • Subsystem control (e.g. engine throttle command, open loop events and payload deploy sequencing)
Medium-Term Growth Path

As ABL matures and after the FSW system development is well underway, the FSW engineer will have an opportunity to build out a team and lead a group. That is dependent of course on the interest by the FSW engineer and demonstrated leadership.

Basic Qualifications

B.S. in Computer Science (CS), Computer Engineering (CE), Electrical Engineering (EE), or similar from an accredited university

One of the following:

  • ‍2+ years experience in the development of aircraft, missile, spacecraft or similar critical flight software
  • 2+ years experience in game development
Preferred Skills and Experience

It is not expected that the candidate has all of the below listed skills and experience, but a subset of them is desirable.

Demonstrated skills in applications development in at least one or more high-level programming languages (e.g. C, C++)

Proficiency in writing software for UNIX/Linux platform

Familiarity with:

  • ‍Object-Oriented-Design
  • Simulation and Modeling
  • Capability Maturity Model (CMM)
  • Programming of FPGA or microcontrollers
  • One or more low-level programming languages (e.g. Ladder Diagram, Structured Text, Instruction List)

Day of Launch and systems testing support, including vehicle network and switch health verification

Demonstrated leadership of or within a small project team either in current role or during project based team in school

Additional Requirements

The FSW engineer must be willing to travel to the launch site to support vehicle checkouts such as HITL prior to launch, especially on first-article products.

What We Look For

Beyond technical prowess, ABL focuses on the following candidate characteristics. Tangible examples are the best way to highlight these during the evaluation process.

1. Critical thinking: ABL engineers understand the "why" behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes.  

2. Ability to deal with ambiguity: there is no roadmap and ABL engineers must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective. 

3. End-to-end ownership: projects are delivered fully complete and ready for flight; there is no one to pick up the slack of partially complete work. 

ITAR Requirement

This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) is a required qualification for this position.

Non-Discrimination

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.

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