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FPGA Design Engineer

Orbit Fab

Orbit Fab

Software Engineering, Design
Lafayette, CO, USA
Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2023

With a vision for a bustling in-space economy that can support permanent jobs in space, Orbit Fab is building the fundamental infrastructure this entire economy can be built upon: a fuel supply in orbit.

Today, satellites cannot be refueled. A single-use paradigm severely limits satellite mobility and holds back the development of economic activities in space. Orbit Fab is building the first Gas Stations in Space™ refueling infrastructure. We develop the supply chain architecture and technology to deliver propellant in space, allowing satellites to be built for lower cost, to be more flexible and maneuverable, to be more precisely controlled, and to operate longer, enabling operations and business models that have never before been imagined..

Established in 2018, we have already flown three tankers to space; with the first one flown within one year of founding. Working closely with partners and customers across the space industry, we are making the thriving in-space economy a reality.


  • Support architecture decisions, technical trades, system reviews and FPGA code reviews

  • Translate image processing algorithms designed in C into a working FPGA design

  • Translate requirements into FPGA design

  • Create test benches to verify design

  • Perform bitwise verification of image processing algorithms

  • Document FPGA design

  • Support testing and troubleshooting of complex FPGA/SOC based designs and recommend solutions


  • Working with recent Microchip and Xilinx technologies

  • Supporting multiple design life cycle including requirements, architecture, design, implementation and test

  • Proficiency with tools like Vivado, Libero, Synplify, SmartHLS and/or HDL coder

  • Proficiency with C++/C, Python, Matlab, Verilog and/or VHDL

  • Verifying design through test bench creation and power/timing analysis

  • Support troubleshooting schematic, FPGA or SOC designs in a lab setting with oscilloscope, logic analyzers and other various lab equipment

  • Experience with code management and agile development

Nice to have:

  • Designing for space environments

  • Embedded image processing or digital signal processing systems

  • Optimization of image processing on embedded systems

  • Experimental designs migrating software algorithms to implementation on FPGA/SOC

  • Designing or troubleshooting digital communication protocols like ethernet, camera link, DDR3/4, UART and Flash

  • ASIC or Digital circuit design

The estimated salary range for this position is $130,000-200,000

If you feel you would succeed in the role above, we encourage you to apply regardless of whether or not you meet all of the requirements listed.

Location and Benefits

Orbit Fab is based out of Lafayette, Colorado and all roles are based in Colorado. We offer fully covered benefits, unlimited time off and flexible work hours.


To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.

Orbit Fab Inc does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.