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Lead Systems Engineer

Orbit Fab

Orbit Fab

Software Engineering
Lafayette, CO, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 4, 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.

As a senior systems engineer on Orbit Fab’s team, you’ll provide experience and insight into practical problem solving for complex space systems. A strong candidate will call upon a breadth of experience developing systems under-budget and on time.

Your days will consist of leading and mentoring the technical design, development, testing, and production of Orbit Fab’s technologies to enable an On-Orbit Propellant supply for the 21st century of space innovation.

In particular, you will serve as the technical team lead for the systems across the GEO mission life cycle.

You bring knowledge and passion in Space Systems Engineering (specifically, experience across both Big and Small space missions at a variety of institutions) or other complex systems.

We describe here the skills, qualifications, and responsibilities that we need to have as a team. You don't need all of them. Your aptitude for complex technical challenges and your practical experience designing/building/coding stuff will trump specific qualification or tools any day!


  • Lead a multidisciplinary engineering team GEO mission systems and interfaces

  • Manage and maintain development schedules, systems requirements, and design budgets

  • Guide systems engineering processes and facilitate technical trades across the system

  • Participate in software and/or hardware development

  • Guide technical decision-making processes and development

  • Guide technical reviews

  • Plan and implement simulations and test campaigns to verify system performance and requirements compliance

  • Define, review, critique and redefine our engineering processes

  • Identify technical issues and proactively implements resolutions to mitigate schedule and cost impacts

  • Identify vendors and oversee component selection

  • Provide technical mentorship to team members and monitor technical integrity of all team member contributions

  • Contribute technical knowledge to proposal development and writing


  • Experience taking a system from concept phase through prototyping, detailed design, AIT, launch and operation

  • Demonstrated leadership of space systems engineering teams

  • Experience planning and implementing simulation and testing to verify system performance and requirements compliance

  • Deep knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:

    • Controls

    • Sensors

    • Sensor Fusion

    • Optical Systems

    • Flight Software Development

    • Orbital Mechanics

    • Spacecraft Operations

  • Experience defining customer needs and crafting engineering requirements, including a proven ability to successfully push back on unnecessary or mission affecting customer requirements.

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

  • BS degree and a minimum of ten (10) years of related engineering experience, or
  • MS degree in related field and seven (7) years of related engineering experience, or

  • Ph.D. in related field and five (5) years of related engineering experience

  • If you don’t have the exact years or degree listed above, but your passion can’t be matched, don’t hesitate to apply!


  • 5+ years of experience in satellite design, development, test, and operations

  • MS or higher in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, or similar

  • Understanding of Orbital Mechanics and spacecraft flight dynamics

  • Detailed understanding of controls

  • Understanding of the spacecraft component supply chain

  • Experience with both low and high budget space system development

  • Experience with LEO and GEO missions

  • Experience with Spacecraft propulsion systems and pressure systems

  • Experience with human spaceflight systems (i.e ISS ECLSS)

  • Previous experience working in a multi-disciplinary team

The estimated salary range for this position is $140,000-180,000

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.