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Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer (Recent Graduate)

$90k – $130k • 0.05% – 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 autonomous, robotic actions in orbit. To fulfill our mission Starfish is developing the Otter servicing vehicle and the CEPHALOPOD guidance software to interact with and maximize the operational value of satellites. This position will support the development of flight algorithms to autonomously guide satellites during rendezvous, proximity operations, and docking (RPOD), and relies on guidance, navigation, and control skills. This engineer will do everything ranging from writing software, to developing autonomous flight algorithms, to executing testing campaigns to ensure high reliability performance.


– Either 2+ years of professional GNC experience in space systems, OR a strong academic record with significant exposure to GNC topics

– Internships in aerospace companies, space-related campus activities, or a few years of aerospace engineering experience are strongly desired

– Working knowledge of satellite guidance and/or control

– 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 Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or similar field

Desired Experience

– Previous experience developing flight algorithms for space systems

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

– Proficiency with astrodynamics

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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