Systems Engineer at Planet
San Francisco, CA, US

Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest constellation of imaging satellites in history. This constellation delivers an unprecedented dataset of empirical information via a revolutionary cloud-based platform to decision-makers in commercial, environmental, and humanitarian sectors. We are both a space company and data company all rolled into one.

Customers and users across the globe use Planet's data and machine learning-powered analytics to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, and solve our world’s toughest challenges.

As we control every component of hardware design, manufacturing, data processing, and software engineering, our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.

We have a people-centric approach toward culture and community and we are iterating in a way that puts our team members first and prepares our company for growth.

Join Planet and be a part of our mission to change the way people see the world. 

The Role:

We are currently seeking a Systems Engineer to lead design trades, system modeling efforts, and mission design analysis for existing and future satellite constellations.  In this role, you will be instrumental in making our on-orbit assets function more efficiently, as well as feed systems-level information forward to future design enhancements.  You will use the wealth of on-orbit data from Planet’s history to improve the reliability, robustness, and throughput of our operational fleet. An ideal candidate would be familiar with both mission systems engineering and satellite hardware, be able to conceptualize and construct system models, and be an excellent communicator of technical information.

The Must Haves:

  • 4+ years of relevant engineering experience
  • Strong fundamental understanding of aerospace and embedded systems
  • Experience in all aspects of the engineering process, from requirements analysis through verification testing
  • Experience in system modeling and system analysis, leading trade studies, and contributing to failure investigations
  • Strong software development and programming knowledge
  • Strong communication skills, writing and interpersonal abilities, positive attitude, and analytic ability
  • Demonstrable core values of fairness, inclusivity, and compassion
  • BS in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering or similar

The Nice-to-Haves:

  • Experience taking a product from concept phase through prototyping, launch and maintaining operations
  • Experience working in a satellite systems engineering, integration, and test environment
  • Demonstrable experience providing mentorship and career development for both hardware and embedded software engineers
  • Knowledge of Python programing language
  • Post secondary degree in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering or similar