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Experienced Satellite Systems Engineer

$90k – $150k • 0.05% – 0.15%

Starfish Space is a fast-growing space startup based in Seattle, Washington. We’re developing a servicing spacecraft called Otter, a small and versatile vehicle that will enable affordable and available satellite servicing for the first time in the history of the space industry. We launched our Otter Pup demonstration mission in the summer of 2023 and we’ll be launching the second Otter Pup in late 2024. We have raised over $22M in venture funding to-date, and have active partnerships with NASA, the US Space Force, and other key organizations in space.

Position Description

Satellite servicing missions require autonomous, robotic actions in orbit. This position will support the development of our Otter satellite, with a focus on long-lead design and development. This role relies on space environment knowledge, satellite operations, and system design skills. This is a broad role, with responsibilities ranging from performance analysis, to systems engineering, and satellite payload integration and testing.


– System-level satellite design thinking, including working knowledge of satellite subsystems and components

– Hands-on experience designing and integrating multiple subsystems on a satellite

– Previous experience in designing aerospace systems or managing space missions

– Experience shaping trajectories

– 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, Physics, or similar field

Preferred Qualifications

5+ years of experience as a systems engineer designing space vehicles

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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