Space Mobility Flight Dynamics System Software Architect

Blue Origin, LLC

Seattle, WA

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth! This position reports to the Flight Sciences Section in Blue Origin’s Advanced Development Programs business unit.

As part of a small, hardworking, and accomplished team of Mission Systems and Flight Operations Engineers, you will work closely with space vehicle and ground subsystem teams, leading and performing flight and operations development tasks throughout the full system lifecycle. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of the mission operations concept, mission analysis and planning, flight planning, ground data systems, and tools used to operate advanced spaceflight vehicles.

You will enjoy a fast-paced dynamic environment, contributing innovative solutions, while demonstrating personal leadership, technical competence, and attention to detail. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and reliable spaceflight.

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and dedication to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!


  • Refine software architecture, and lead software implementation of flight dynamics capabilities for a cutting-edge satellite management system, capable of operating a large constellation of vehicles with a small team.
  • Guide the development and implementation of mission operation software and ground system infrastructure in the AWS Cloud.
  • Lead the Flight Dynamics System software build automation, continuous integration, configuration management, verification, and deployment.
  • Assist the operations team in creating operations products (procedures, documentation etc.) that support the flight dynamics aspects of mission operations, including interfaces between Command & Control, Mission Planning and Ground Station Antenna Systems.
  • Develop and integrate software components, including performing unit-level and system-level tests as part of the Ground System Verification & Validation process.
  • Manage a complex variety of needs, constraints, and tasks from mission stakeholders, including engineers representing flight vehicle systems, ground software engineers, flight operations, customers, and program management
  • Support mission control software operations responsibilities (maintenance, flaw correction, improvements) during operator training; ground data system verification, validation, and certification; spacecraft integration; and flight.
  • Collaborate with the training team to plan training simulations and other training activities
  • Participate in operations for the Space Mobility missions


  • Experience in one or more of the following: Java, Python, JavaScript, C, or C++
  • Experience with Agile software development processes.
  • Understanding of and experience with modern software development practices
  • B.S. in computer science, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, , physics or related technical field
  • Expertise in flight dynamics systems designed to operate fleet of space vehicles
  • Experience developing and fielding production flight dynamics software
  • Knowledge of software defined networking (VPC, Subnets, Firewalls, VPNs, etc.)
  • Knowledge of containerization technologies (such as Docker) and orchestration platforms (such as Kubernetes)
  • Strong understanding of the principles and methods of engineering complex systems
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast paced, dynamic work environment
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


  • M.S. in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, physics or related technical field
  • Experience with flight dynamics software tools (for ex. MONTE, GMAT, STK)
  • Former experience as a flight dynamics operator of complex system
  • Experience in cloud infrastructure deployment and software orchestration
  • Experience in one or more of the following:
  • Space mission flight operations
  • Mission analysis, flight planning and timeline development
  • Operational fault management
  • Experience working on large complex programs with multiple partners
  • First principles knowledge of all major spacecraft subsystems
  • Experience with requirements definition and management, preferably using DOORS Next Generation
  • Familiarity with system safety analyses techniques including Functional Hazard Assessments (FHA), Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analyses (FMECA), and Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
  • Experience with collaboration tools such as Confluence and JIRA
  • Familiarity with version control, preferably Git
  • Experience with configuration and product data management tools, preferably Windchill
  • Experience working in a technical training environment for engineers
  • Experience working with and proposing to U.S. Government research agencies (e.g. NASA, AFRL, DARPA)

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Compensation range for on site CO applicants is $150,543-$220,797

Compensation range for on site WA applicants is $163,725-$240,130

Compensation range for on site CA applicants is $163,725-$240,130

Other site ranges may differ

Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.

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Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave (must be employed at time of birth or adoption), short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program available after 1 year of service.

Paid Time Off: Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays for all regular employees (including part-time), fixed-term, and interns.

Discretionary bonus: Employees may be eligible for discretionary bonuses in addition to base pay. Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.