Embedded Flight Software Engineer, Mid-Level

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Embedded Flight Software Engineer, Mid-Level 

Space Systems

This is a rare opportunity to play a key role in Rocket Lab’s evolution into an end-to-end space company that delivers launch, spacecraft, and on-orbit operations. The Space Systems Division is shaping Rocket Lab’s future with Photon, our brand of high-performance satellites, enabling innovative missions in low Earth orbit and beyond including missions for NASA to LEO, the Moon, and Mars and commercial customers including leading the design and manufacture of 17 high power telecommunication spacecraft buses for Globalstar.

Rocket Lab is also growing spacecraft components business, anchored on the acquisition of Sinclair Interplanetary manufacturing reaction wheels and star trackers in Toronto, SolAero Technologies manufacturing solar power and primary structure solutions in Albuquerque, Planetary Systems Corporation manufacturing launch separation systems in Silver Spring, and Advanced Solutions, Inc. provider flight and ground software as a service in Denver. Our component’s business is key to vertically integrating our spacecraft solutions and enabling constellations for customers.


In this role, you will play a key role in supporting the development of flight software for our Space Systems programs. You’ll spend your days participating in all aspects of software design and development, from requirements definition through coding and testing. And when we say test, we mean your software will be on orbit within weeks and months, not years. Thanks to having our own rockets and launch sites, we have frequent opportunities to test and operate our software on orbit.

This role is for someone who wants to see their software make a big impact on the way we explore space and use it as a platform for discovery and innovation. While your software settles into life in space, you’ll be based in our Long Beach HQ working amongst the rockets and Photon spacecraft as they’re built and collaborating with the vibrant, dedicated, and talented people who have made Rocket Lab into the global leader it is today.


  • Develop embedded software to run on bare-metal processors from ARM, Microchip and ST.

  • Develop application software to run within a Real Time Operating System (RTOS) and/or embedded Linux.

  • Develop hardware drivers to interface to Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs), Star Trackers, Reaction Wheels and other spacecraft sensors and actuators.

  • Develop and maintain comprehensive unit tests to run within a Continuous Integration framework.

  • Collaborate with hardware-in-the-loop test engineers to verify and validate combined software and hardware functionality.

  • Collaborate with systems engineers and embedded systems engineers in developing, documenting and validating requirements.

  • Participate in review of source code changes and ensure all changes meet company coding standards.

  • Participate in design reviews such as a PDR and CDR.

  • Assist with on-orbit (and interplanetary!) flight operations.


  • An engineering degree in computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering, or equivalent qualification.

  • 3-5 years of demonstrated applicable experience in embedded software development.

  • Experience writing embedded software within a multi-threaded/multi-processor environment.

  • Experience with Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS) such as uC/OS or FreeRTOS.

  • Experience with Embedded Linux.

  • Software development within a Linux environment, specifically embedded applications.

  • Proficiency in C and C++ languages and development environments.

  • Proficiency developing embedded software to interface with serial (UART, SPI, I2C) devices.

  • Demonstrated success working in a dynamic environment with multiple priorities.

  • Document management & software systems engineering experience.


  • Experience developing software and drivers with CAN/CAN-FD and/or UDP/TCP within an embedded system.

  • Experience working within an agile or scrum based workflow.

  • Experience mentoring, tasking and reviewing junior developers.

  • Experience developing software for autonomous vehicles operating in harsh environments, such as satellites, UAVs, or autonomous underwater vehicles.