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Navigation Engineer

Starfish Space

Starfish Space

Other Engineering
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2023

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Starfish Space is a fast-growing space startup in Seattle, Washington founded by former Blue Origin and NASA engineers. We are giving life to on-orbit services with our Otter servicing vehicle. We have raised over $22M in venture funding to-date, and have been recognized by NASA and the US Space Force.

This summer, we’re launching our Otter Pup demonstration mission to space. This will be the first-ever docking between two commercial satellites in Low Earth Orbit, and the first satellite docking ever using electric propulsion (view a video overview of Otter Pup here: Throughout 2023, we’ll be focused on ensuring a successful Otter Pup mission, as well as continuing development of our full-scale Otter servicing vehicle.

Position Description

Satellite servicing missions require safe and reliable autonomous navigation systems. To fulfill our mission Starfish is developing the Otter servicing vehicle and the CETACEAN relative navigation software to interact with and maximize the operational value of satellites. This position will support the development of CETACEAN’s computer vision and state estimation capabilities, relying on satellite operations knowledge and expertise in estimation filters and/or Computer Vision.


  • Must be a US person (citizen or permanent resident)
  • Willing to work from Tukwila, Washington
  • Capable of working a dynamic, fast paced startup environment
  • B.S. degree or equivalent in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science or similar field

Desired Experience

  • Previous experience designing and/or prototyping algorithm-based products
  • Programming experience in Python and/or C/C++
  • Experience implementing / tuning state estimation filters
  • Experience implementing / adapting / validating Computer Vision algorithms (traditional or ML-based)

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.