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Job #: R-00027774
Location: Mountain View, CA
Category: Software Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

NASA’s Distributed Spacecraft Autonomy is centered out of NASA Ames Research Center located in Mountain View, CA. Distributed Spacecraft Autonomy is investigating how the next generation of spacecraft will be operated and interact with each other. We believe that the benefits of distributed systems (availability, fault-tolerance, graceful degradation, etc.) are critical for future space exploration. To truly see the benefits of distributed spacecraft they need to be treated as a single entity with each member autonomously managing responsibilities and sharing requirements.

As a team we are developing the core infrastructure for autonomous coordination between spacecraft as well as both in space and ground application demonstrations. We value open discussion and pollination of ideas with each team member taking ownership of a domain but contributing to others.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Continue development and maintenance of communication application for communication among satellites in the swarm
  • Participate in the creation of message definitions for spacecraft communication bus
  • Support development of hardware-in-the-loop and processor-in-the-loop simulations
  • Develop relevant documents including design, interface specification, test and reports
  • Perform unit/integration tests and code reviews

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 4+ years deep experience in C development, additional years of experience will be considered in lieu of degree
  • 2+ years extensive C++ experience
  • Ability to work in research/quick prototyping/small team/independent/low-supervision environment
  • Practical knowledge of software development life-cycle best practices (e.g. best practices in development, code reviews, testing, and integration)
  • Must have problem solving skills and prior experience with software integration and integrated systems
  • Excellent communication skills with multi-disciplined technical local and remote teams

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with Core Flight Software (cFS) or similar flight software
  • Experience developing and debugging realtime and embedded software
  • Prefer experience with Messaging services, particularly the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service™ (DDS) middleware protocol and API standard but willing to train.

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:

Public Trust


Yes, 10% of the time

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Job Family:

Software Engineering


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