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Computer Vision / Autonomous Navigation Engineer

$120k – $170k • 0.1% – 0.15%

Starfish Space is a fast-growing Series A space startup in Seattle, Washington founded by former Blue Origin and NASA engineers. We are giving life to on-orbit services with our Otter servicing vehicle. We have raised over $22M in venture funding to-date, coupled with over $10M in research funding, and have been recognized by NASA, the US Air Force, and US Space Force.


This summer, we launched our demonstration satellite “Otter Pup” to space. Our goal is the first-ever docking between two commercial satellites in Low Earth Orbit, and the first satellite docking ever using electric propulsion (view a video overview of Otter Pup here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLWut6TFJBs&t). Throughout 2023, we’ll be focused on ensuring a successful Otter Pup mission, as well as continuing development of our full-scale Otter servicing vehicle. We are on track for our first customer launches in 2025.

Position Description

Satellite servicing missions require safe and reliable autonomous navigation and docking systems. Computer Vision is vital to that goal, and Starfish’s CETACEAN relative navigation software uses Computer Vision and other data to autonomously navigate and dock satellites in orbit. This position will support the development of CETACEAN’s computer vision and state estimation capabilities, relying on satellite operations knowledge and expertise in estimation filters and/or Computer Vision.


– 3+ years of experience using Computer Vision in a professional context, preferably in autonomous vehicles. Graduating PhDs with a relevant focus will also be considered

– Experience implementing / tuning state estimation filters

– Experience implementing / adapting / validating Computer Vision algorithms (traditional or ML-based)

– Must be a US person (citizen or permanent resident)

– Willing to work from Tukwila, Washington

– Capable of working a dynamic, fast paced startup environment

– B.S. degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering, or similar field

Desired Experience

– Experience with Computer Vision / AI in an aerospace context is a plus, but not required

– Previous experience designing and/or prototyping algorithm-based products

– Programming experience in Python and/or C/C++

ITAR Requirements

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.

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