Turion Space

Moving Things Around in Space, Imaging Space Objects When We're Not

Flight Software Engineer

$90K - $140K / 0.10% - 0.50%
Irvine, CA, US
Job Type
3+ years
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Patryk Wiatr
Patryk Wiatr

About the role

Turion Space is seeking skilled Flight Software engineers. We are a startup and small team.

As a Flight Software Engineer, you will work directly with the Turion team to assist in the development, execution, and implementation of the flight software that commands and monitors our spacecraft. Your experience, creativity, and ambition will directly impact the architecture of the vehicle's software and computer systems as the missions increase in complexity.


  • Implement software for automated testing at component, functional, and system levels, including HITL (Hardware in the Loop) testing
  • Design, develop and validate spacecraft flight software, ground software, and simulation software
  • Write drivers for various satellite subsystems (reaction wheels and other adcs components)
  • Select flight computers, and design overall satellite software architecture
  • Perform Flight Software validation, verification, and integration
  • Implement low-level software to interface with various spacecraft components
  • Assist in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring additional teammates to our rapidly-growing team


  • BS in computer science, engineering, or a related technical field
  • Experience with embedded systems programming (C/C++)
  • Experience in implementing real-time systems and software solutions on spacecraft missions
  • Demonstrated ability to personally design, build, and test hardware and/or software from scratch
  • Capable of identifying and solving complex problems with little to no supervision or direction
  • Must be able to work extended hours and weekends as needed

Preferred skills and experience

  • Experience with Linux and shell command-line tools
  • Basic knowledge in the following areas: debris removal, end-of-life, in-orbit servicing
  • Familiarity with commonly used protocols and standards for spacecraft communications, such as CCSDS, CAN, SpaceWire
  • Experience with Python (or other high-level OO scripting language(s))
  • Experience with Docker
  • Experience with AWS
  • Experience with Jira or other defect-tracking software
  • Experience building complex systems that have been successfully delivered to customers

About Turion Space

Turion Space was formed with the vision of building the technology required for humanity's interplanetary future. Our short-term goal is to solve the most significant threat to that vision - orbital debris. The exponential growth of spacecraft and launch vehicles entering Earth's orbits has dramatically increased the risk of collisions. Even a small number of these conjunctions will lead to the inaccessibility of the final frontier. We are developing the technology to stabilize this threat. This challenge will also serve as a test-bed for future asteroid resource extraction.

Turion Space
Team Size:15
Location:Irvine, CA
Tyler James Pierce
Tyler James Pierce
Ryan Westerdahl
Ryan Westerdahl
Patryk Wiatr
Patryk Wiatr