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Satellite Systems Engineer

Starfish Space

Starfish Space

Software 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 autonomous, robotic actions in orbit. To fulfill our mission Starfish is developing the Otter servicing vehicle. This position will support the development of the Otter, with a focus on long-lead design and development. This position will support the development of Starfish technologies, and relies on space environment knowledge, satellite operations, and system design skills. This is a broad role, with responsibilities ranging from performance analysis, to systems engineering, and satellite payload integration and testing.


  • 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, Physics, or similar field

Desired Experience

  • Working knowledge of satellite subsystems and components
  • Previous experience in designing aerospace systems or managing space missions
  • Programming experience

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.