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Sr. Engineer - Ground Software

Terran Orbital Corporation

Terran Orbital Corporation

Irvine, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2024



Be more than just an employee number! Join Terran Orbital, a leader in innovation, manufacturing, and operations in the satellite industry. We are a pioneer in the miniaturization of space technologies and the delivery of responsive space solutions. We are a unique, fast-growing, and trusted team focused on quickly and economically designing, building, launching, and operating state-of-the-art satellites for advanced mission constellations.

Terran Orbital is seeking an experienced Sr. Engineer - Ground Software to join our growing team. Reporting to the Software Engineering Manager, the Software Engineer will be responsible for building and maintaining the tools that enable end-to-end operations of our spacecraft and the entire ground segment. As a Software Engineer, the candidate will develop back- and front-end applications that manage our ground segment, store and visualize spacecraft telemetry, and automate our mission control center.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Architect the ground software framework for Terran Orbital's next generation of space vehicles
  • Core focus: Develop back-end data processing applications (Python), and web servers (NodeJS) and the design of interfaces and data flow between ground segment applications
  • Provide mentorship to Junior developers
  • Participate in software requirements generation, design, implementation, and testing discussions
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualification and Skills

  • 5+ years of software design and development, including back-end and front-end development, and database design/architecture (B.S. in Computer Science, or 3+ years with M.S. in Computer Science)
  • High level competency with Python, JavaScript, and MongoDB
  • Exposure to React and SQL
  • Emphasis on application security at all levels of the system
  • Experience with big-data design and system-level architecture
  • Experience working in a team environment to foster the growth of junior developers and support team cohesiveness
  • Per the requirement of certain Terran Orbital facilities, the applicant must be eligible to obtain and maintain a U.S. TS/SCI Security Clearance and all special accesses required to work at such facilities

Additional Differentiators

  • Familiarity with Docker and Kubernetes containerization and service orchestration systems
  • Familiarity with AMQP (RabbitMQ) message queuing protocol
  • Knowledge of Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment practices and tools
  • Knowledge of I.T./networking basics
  • Demonstrate experience with the generation of user displays and data visualization
  • Passion for the New Space industry


  • 100% Company-paid comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents
  • Employee Equity Incentive Program
  • 401(k) Match
  • Unlimited PTO

Salary Range $130,000-$220,000

Your actual level and base salary will be determined case-by-case and may vary based on the job-related qualification, knowledge, skills, education, and experience. In addition to base salary, we offer equity for each employee, 100% covered medical, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) match, unlimited flex time off, covered life insurance, maternity and paternity leave, tuition reimbursement, employee referrals, and lots of swag!

About Terran Orbital

Terran Orbital is a leading manufacturer of satellite products primarily serving the aerospace and defense industries. Terran Orbital provides end-to-end satellite solutions by combining satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations, and on-orbit support to meet the needs of the most demanding military, civil, and commercial customers. Learn more at www.terranorbital.com

Physical Demands

An employee must meet the physical demands described to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. In performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely required to sit or stand for long durations of time, in addition to bending, reaching, and walking. This would require the ability to lift or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move objects up to 25 pounds. This position is generally sedentary, with substantial computer usage.

Work Environment

The job operates in a professional office environment but in a manufacturing company. This job routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and scanners.


To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, the applicant 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. In addition, please note that this position may require a current United States National Security clearance or eligibility for such a clearance.Terran Orbital is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law.
If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [email protected].