Turion Space

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

Space Operations Engineer

$85K - $130K / 0.10% - 0.50%
Irvine, CA, US
Job Type
1+ years
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Patryk Wiatr
Patryk Wiatr

About the role

Are you passionate about aerospace and sustainability in space? Do you enjoy complex technical systems and thrive in stressful situations? Can you mentally decompose complicated operations methodically into concise steps?

As an essential member of the Space Operations team, you will be responsible for monitoring and commanding TURION's fleet of satellites in LEO. The primary duties include developing and executing the detailed concepts of operations for our spacecraft as well as helping to build out and automate our Mission Control System. This position requires sound software skills as well as an understanding of spacecraft systems.


  • Monitor, assess, and maintain the operational health of Turion Space’s spacecraft fleet including defining, developing, and executing procedures to update spacecraft configuration, create and maintain alarm limits to alert mission operations of off-nominal spacecraft conditions
  • Coordinate troubleshooting activities in response to satellite and network anomalies Assist in developing the tools necessary to efficiently control a fleet of spacecraft in orbit Identify, investigate, and execute procedures to resolve spacecraft system and subsystem deviations and anomalies
  • Develop and distribute reports summarizing technical analysis findings and recommendations to include monthly and annual satellite health and status reports as well as anomaly resolution reports
  • Support the development of requirements for acceptance and regression testing. Resolve issues related to ground telemetry tracking and commanding software updates
  • Support development, launch, and in-orbit testing of new satellites
  • Support On-Call responsibilities in rotation with other members of the team


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a technical field (Engineering, Math, Science, Computer Science) or equivalent experience Experience with programming languages, specifically Ruby or Python
  • 1+ years of demonstrated success on past aerospace and/or satellite projects
  • Knowledge of supporting satellite ground network infrastructure
  • US Persons (US Citizen or Permanent Resident)
  • Strong written and verbal communication of technical information
  • Previous experience working with interdisciplinary teams to solve complex problems

Preferred skills and experience

  • Experience with the design, manufacturing, and testing of satellite systems and/or mechanisms
  • Experience managing highly fault-tolerant systems
  • Ability to lead/mentor more junior members of the mission operations team
  • Ability to work autonomously and perform self-directed research
  • Background knowledge in OpenC3 or similar satellite control software

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