The company was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California with offices in Boulder, Colorado and Toulouse, France. Our mission is to make space simple for our customers: they operate microsatellites and fly customer payloads onboard, as a service. Their standard interface and software products reduce the complexity and shorten the lead time their customers typically face in deploying assets in orbit. Their unique business model is redefining how businesses and governments access space and use it to collect information and intelligence about the world. They have grown their customer base quickly and have their first two satellite missions launching in June 2021. Soon after, they will offer a regular cadence of quarterly launches.

Following their recent $13M Series A funding round, they established a European office in Toulouse to develop key technologies such as a digital platform for better designing, integrating, and operating satellites in orbit.

Role

As a member of the new R&D center in Toulouse and of the Payload Data Processing Unit (PDPU) team, you will be helping build technology that empowers their customers to process payload data onboard Loft’s satellite missions. With this ‘edge computing in space’ capability, the customers can react in real time to the data collected by their payload.

Since high flexibility and versatility play an important role, the PDPU is software-centric and supports on-ground and in-space re-programmability. The company will be utilizing the latest technology available for the PDPU, which includes a mix of existing and next-generation component and processor technology.

General requirements


• Scrappy and inventive: what you will be building has never been done before
• Prepared to be challenged and sometimes work out of your comfort zone
• Willingness to be accountable, autonomous, and take full ownership of projects
• Preferably experience with software/firmware developed for safety-critical applications or software developed for aerospace
• Awareness and understanding of mission-critical systems and related software impact
• A preference for agile yet process-controlled software development
• Ability to code and document (wherever possible electronically and in-line) in a structured way
• Ability to work both independently as well as part of a multi-disciplinary team
• Ability to learn and adopt to new technologies
• Demonstrable history of thinking outside-the-box, without losing sight of reality
• Experience working in both a Windows and Linux environment



Embedded Software Experience


• Extensive experience in C and C++ and preferably one other structured language (non-scripted)
• Experience with Real Time Operating System (RTOS) and time-critical software development
• Experience with Single Event Upset (SEU) mitigation mechanisms
• Experience with local and remote debugging concepts and tools
• Preferably experience with hypervisor and/or container virtualization techniques
• Experience in developing software for RTOS and embedded applications
• Experience with hardware interfacing
• Preferably experience in device driver and BSP development
• In-depth knowledge of different processor technologies such as: ARM, PPC, LEON, OpenRISC, SoC processors
• Affection with upcoming processor technologies such as GPGPU / MPPs
• Preferably knowledge and understanding of MPP/GPU processors and related development (CUDA / OpenCL)