Senior GNC Engineer (CS-74)

Capella Space

United States of America
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Hardware
  • Post Date: 05/06/2021
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  • Company Address: , San Francisco, CA

About Capella Space

Capella Space is an information services company that provides on-demand sub 0.5m very high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Earth observation imagery.

Job Description

Capella is at the forefront of making vital information about our world accessible in a timely manner. We’re leveraging proven technologies and building new capabilities to create a constellation of SAR satellites that can collect information about any spot on the planet within an hour.

At Capella you’ll work in a collaborative team environment, alongside smart people with a history of space mission success. No prior space experience is needed—we’re looking for people excited about tackling seemingly impossible challenges, learning new skills and concepts, and helping each other achieve success.

Our mission and our products are meant to understand the whole world and help everyone in it, regardless of race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.

We value diversity at Capella and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!

About the Space Systems R&D Team

The Space Systems R&D Team is a multidisciplinary team within the Engineering department. We keep our eye out for the state-of-the-art technologies and bring them to the space vehicle to implement the product road map. Members of the teamwork across the organization to collaborate on requirements and implementation approaches to deliver innovative new systems. This means we look for lifelong learners who are eager to go out of their comfort zone to understand the needs of the teams around them.

We are seeking a Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineering Lead to enhance our next generation vehicles with ever growing capabilities. You should take enjoyment from tackling hard problems in spacecraft state knowledge, pointing control, and navigation.

What you’ll do


  • Understand and refine requirements for: attitude knowledge and pointing, agility, line-of-sight stability, orbit position knowledge and delta-v accuracy.
  • Provide analyses for: attitude knowledge and pointing budget, orbit determination and trajectory budget, agility analysis, maneuver settling, component selection & placement, emergency mode, dynamics & control system stability.
  • Understand GN&C components’ interfaces.
  • Lead Integration and Testing of the ADCS and Prop Systems
  • Support the development, test and evaluation of hardware, software, support equipment and systems
  • Manage vendor contracts and reviews




  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required, plus 10 or more years related experience.
  • Experience in Guidance, Navigation, Control (GNC), Attitude Determination & Control Subsystem (ADCS), Dynamics & Control Systems, or related space vehicle systems is desired.
  • Advanced computer application skills, such as Linux, Python, C, C++ and other analytical tools is a strong plus.
  • Experience with simulator/hardware test development and execution, as well as mission operations is a plus.

Required Qualifications (optional-dependent of the requirements):

  • This position requires special access to conduct the work and requires the selected candidate to be a US Citizen or Green Card holder.


In addition to an opportunity to take part in an innovative and fast-growing business with a highly motivated and skilled team, we also take pride in taking care of our employees. Here are just a few ways that we show our appreciation:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Medical and Dependent Care Flex Spending
  • Short and Long Term Disability and Life Insurance
  • FSA and HSA
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible PTO
  • Gourmet-style, Daily Lunch
  • Capella Community Events
  • Equity
  • Commuter and Parking benefits
  • Dog-friendly Work Environment (SF)
  • Cell and Internet Monthly Stipend

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This company does NOT accept candidates from outside recruiting firms. Agency contacts are not welcome.