Careers at Outpost

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Join the mission to make Earth a sustainable home forever.  We see a future where space is the gateway to a more resilient and sustainable Earth.​ Outpost is the sustainable space company. Outpost is creating the world's first commercial reusable satellites that will come back to earth after mission completion and then get refurbished for the next mission, reducing future space debris and contributing to the long term sustainability of human life in space while making the cost of a satellite mission up to 80% cheaper and 100% cleaner. 

We enable precision Earth Return of satellites and orbital payloads. We believe that our future in space must be built with sustainability at its core and that efficient, precise Earth Return is essential for the development of new industries in space and the improvement of life on Earth.  Outpost allows companies to iterate on technical developments in space and ensure mission success. If you believe that the advancement into space will create a better planet Earth for all living beings and have the background to support it, then we want to hear from you.

Engineering

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Who you are: 

  • You are excited about enabling innovative, low cost space systems.

  • You enjoy team collaboration and are an effective communicator with the ability to operate independently.

Responsible for: 

  • Development, analysis, and verification of mission flight trajectory concepts 

  • Analysis to support regulatory requirement conversations

  • Coordinating with internal and external stakeholders to ensure all regulatory requirements are met to successfully launch, including verifying range requirements 

Qualifications: 

  • Spacecraft mission design and/or mission planning experience

  • Ability to develop, analyze, and verify mission flight trajectory concepts in Systems Tool Kit or similar tool (if not STK, ability to ramp up quickly on STK)

  • Knowledge of scripting/scientific computing tools such as Python, MATLAB etc.

  • Ability to analyze various mission scenarios with various types of propulsion systems, from electric to chemical, as well as thruster configurations 

  • Knowledge of control systems (torque rods, reaction wheels, etc.) 

  • U.S. Person including U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15, or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State 

  • Be willing to commute to Santa Monica, CA 3 days a week

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or other related technical field

Additional Qualifications: 

  • Familiarity with control systems, robotics, and PID tuning

  • Passion for space/innovation

  • Systems engineering or technical project management experience

  • Experience in a complex system lifecycle including requirements, verification, validation, etc

  • Spacecraft integration and test experience 

  • HAM radio license or interest in HAM 

  • Versatile and able to adapt in a fast-paced and changing environment 

Compensation:

  • $70,000 - $85,000 based on experience

  • Equity

  • Annual Performance-Based Bonuses

  • Medical, Dental and Vision

  • Unlimited PTO

  • Paid Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave, and Family Leave

  • 401k

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Who you are: 

  • You enjoy collaboration and are an effective communicator who has worked with electrical and mechanical engineering teams on mission-level and customer driven system needs and planning. 

  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven atmosphere.

  • Excited about making smarter, better, extremely low cost space systems for flight and test environments.

  • You collaborate with software teams to ensure that software specifications are suitable for both hardware and software development.

  • Work with electrical and mechanical engineering teams to ensure avionics size, weight, and power needs are in line with system-level constraints.

  • Coordinate with vendors of avionics products, both software and hardware, to ensure products are delivered within expectations.

  • Self-motivated with strong multi-tasking, organizational, communication and documentation skills

  • Strong sense of accountability and integrity with excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Passion for space and curiosity for electronics in high-reliability applications

  • Be located in (or willing to relocate to) Santa Monica, CA.

Responsible for: 

  • Driving the development and maintenance of electrical hardware  needed for payload and hardware-in-the-loop (HITL) technologies.

  • Work with engineers across payloads, GNC, avionics, firmware, software, propulsion to maintain HITL simulation capabilities

  • Rapidly design and develop test hardware solutions for high-fidelity simulation of full satellite mission duration

  • Responsible for electrical architecture, product requirements, component selection, analysis, schematic capture, prototyping, bring-up, debugging, documentation, product management, manufacturing, and test for the simulation infrastructure for payloads and HITL testbeds

Qualifications: 

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related field

  • 1+ years of experience with circuit board design, environment testing, or unit level testing (project teams, internships, and traditional professional experience all qualify)

  • 1+ years of experience with electronic components, wire harnesses, and electrical test equipment (e.g. multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies)

  • Proficient in C/C++

  • Familiarity with microcontroller/firmware programming 

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or similar engineering degree

  • Experience with Altium Designer (schematic capture and PCB layout)

  • Understanding of electrical schematics and experience analyzing electrical circuits and developing functional test plans

  • Understanding of instrumentation, interfaces, and sensors including DMMs, DAQ, power supplies, oscilloscopes, DIO, GPIB, USB, Serial-422, VISA, UDP, GigE, SPI, switch technologies and topologies, accelerometers, RTDs, thermocouples, and 4-20mA sensors

  • Experience writing test automation or analysis tasks and manipulation of data sets

  • Proficiency in scripting languages: Python, etc.

A plus!

  • Experience with classical and optimal control and estimation algorithms and implementation, such as PID, Kalman Filters etc.

  • Experience in a complex system lifecycle including requirements, verification, validation, etc

Compensation:

  • $70-$85k, based on experience

  • Equity

  • Annual Performance-Based Bonuses

  • Medical, Dental and Vision

  • Unlimited PTO

  • Paid Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave, and Family Leave

  • 401k

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Who you are: 

  • You enjoy team collaboration and are an effective communicator who understands the interactions between payloads and spacecraft subsystems.

  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven atmosphere.

  • You have hands-on experience with mechanism design, prototyping, and/or precision mechanical assembly

  • You are familiar with developing test plans and executing verification.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, integrate and document structural, interior (and exterior) payload systems and requirements to establish the system design

  • Develop state-of-the-art, manufacturable flow control devices (valves, regulators, solenoids) and mechanisms for inflatable payload system

  • Optimize, implement and testing of inflatable re-entry system technology

  • Monitor development of the system level payload concept and the resulting overall payload design and architecture

  • Design, build and test all mechanical structures required for the payload subsystems.

  • Apply mechanical knowledge to drive payload communication system trades and component development.

  • Guide hardware from prototype manufacturing through flight production, including ongoing support for spacecraft assembly, integration and test

  • Support with analysis for contracts and proposals

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace, electrical engineering, mathematics, physics, computer engineering, computer science, or related field

  • 2+ years of experience designing, analyzing and building mechanical systems

Additional Qualifications:

  • Mechanical design experience using CAD (Fusion 360 or similar), hand calculations and FEA  tools

  • Experience using test instrumentation and control components (e.g. pressure transducers, thermocouples, resistance temperature detectors, relays, solenoid valves, etc.)

  • Knowledge of electro-mechanical devices, gear trains, actuators, motors, valves, regulators, or other fluid and position control devices

  • Experience in system level thermal analysis (Thermal Desktop or similar)

  • Be located in (or willing to relocate to) Santa Monica, CA

Compensation:

  • $70 - 85k, based on experience

  • Equity

  • Annual Performance-Based Bonuses

  • Medical, Dental and Vision

  • Unlimited PTO

  • Paid Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave, and Family Leave

  • 401k

You must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 , or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State

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Who you are: 

  • You enjoy collaboration and are an effective communicator who has worked with electrical and mechanical engineering teams on mission-level and customer driven system needs and planning. 

  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven atmosphere.

  • Excited about making smarter, better, extremely low cost space systems.

  • You collaborate with software teams to ensure that software specifications are suitable for both hardware and software development.

  • Work with electrical and mechanical engineering teams to ensure avionics size, weight, and power needs are in line with system-level constraints.

  • Coordinate with vendors of avionics products, both software and hardware, to ensure products are delivered within expectations.

  • Passion for space and curiosity for electronics in high-reliability applications

Responsibilities:

  • Rapid development of high reliability electronics for satellite systems.

  • Drive system trades, requirements capture, component selection, analysis, schematic capture, PCB layout, prototyping, bring-up, debugging, documentation, manufacturing, and test.

  • Create development and qualification testing campaigns and exercise designs to their limits.

  • Support hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) test and coordinate with the team on system test needs and interfaces to support production of a HWIL simulated flight environment.

  • Support embedded systems firmware development.

  • Assist with systems engineering-based requirements definition and verification with a diverse group of software and hardware-based test team members, in a lab environment and to support flight testing.

  • Support hardware through production, integration, test and flight.

  • Work with experts from other areas to drive changes that make the systems more efficient, more manufacturable, and more reliable. Challenge assumptions and requirements

  • Work on the Outpost satellite team reporting to the Spacecraft Systems Lead.

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, aerospace, or related field.

  • 5+ years of experience designing and building electrical hardware

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience with circuit board layout, including for switching power converters or high speed digital communication circuits (Altium Designer)

  • Experience with developing electrical hardware and defining architecture from a blank slate

  • Experience designing switching power converters, power magnetics, analog control loops, solid state load switches, EMI/EMC compliance, or sensor signal conditioning circuits

  • Experience with high voltage devices, lithium ion batteries, or power distribution optimization

  • Experience with high performance digital processors, FPGAs, memory chips, or network switches

  • Experience with circuit board design-for-manufacturability, productization of electronics

  • Hands-on experience with board level bring-up, testing and debugging.

  • Experience with systems engineering-based requirements definition, verification and validation.

  • Experience defining software and hardware interfaces, design and architecture

  • Be located in (or willing to relocate to) Santa Monica, CA.

Compensation:

  • $100 - 120k, based on experience

  • Equity

  • Annual Performance-Based Bonuses

  • Medical, Dental and Vision

  • Unlimited PTO

  • Paid Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave, and Family Leave

  • 401k

You must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 , or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State 

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Sales

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Who you are: 
You’re a go-getter who loves people. You work seamlessly across teams, communicating with customers, our internal engineering team, and our CEO alike. You’ve started to build a network and track record in aerospace and are looking for an opportunity with a massive growth trajectory where your success in your job will have a meaningful positive impact on our team. You are looking for experience to prepare for being a founder of your own company one day. You can be trusted to take detailed notes on customer concerns and requirements, and are diligent and organized with follow-up.

Qualifications: 

  • 1-3+ years experience working in a Sales, Sales Engineering, or Business Development role

  • An engineering degree, significant coursework in engineering, or a professional background in selling a product that is highly technical in nature

  • A background in and passion for building and maintaining relationships 

  • A mind for aerospace and hardware - we’ll teach you about Outpost, but our customers and product are hardware-focused and you should have an aptitude and curiosity to learn about those concepts

  • The ability to act with a high level of autonomy - initially, you’ll report directly to the CEO and leverage his existing relationships to identify customers and move them through our sales pipeline

  • An entrepreneurial mindset - Outpost is a startup, and you may often build entirely new processes or practices. What you learn in conversations with customers will help shape our sales strategy

  • Team player and passion for collaboration - this role will work between our commercial and engineering teams

  • Strong ability to communicate in writing and verbally. You think carefully about how to write an email to get a quick response

  • Previous aerospace or hardware experience is a plus but not required

  • Living in or willing to relocate to the Los Angeles area. As of Spring / Summer 2022, our team will typically work in person, three days a week from our Santa Monica headquarters

  • At this time, we are unable to sponsor employment visas and are only considering candidates who are authorized to work in the United States.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead/co-lead the ops side of commercial sales, managing customer outreach and always keeping customers moving through our pipeline

  • Manage a large pipeline of commercial customers and build sales systems for the company

  • Work independently to drive work to completion, while keeping the team informed on various workstreams

  • Report to the CEO and eventually VP of Sales

Compensation:

  • 80k Base Salary, plus bonus based on 1% of sales

  • Equity

  • Annual Performance-Based Bonuses

  • Medical, Dental and Vision

  • Unlimited PTO

  • Paid Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave, and Family Leave

  • 401k

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Who you are: 
You are a veteran in the space industry with a deep knowledge of selling advanced space systems and mission architectures to the space and commercial markets.  Your Rolodex is breaking at the seams and you have personal relationships with the right person within our customer organizations to reach out to for sales. More importantly, these people trust you and want to work with you. 

Qualifications: 

  • At least 8 years of experience in an executive-level role in the space industry.

  • Engineering degree

  • Responsible for at least $10M in sales at previous organizations within the last 24-months

  • Demonstrated ability to build a team from just yourself to at least 20 people reporting up to you

  • Demonstrated background in selling to national space organizations (i.e. NASA, ESA)

  • Demonstrated background selling to commercial space organizations​

  • Living in or willing to relocate to the Los Angeles area. As of Spring / Summer 2022, our team will typically work in person, three days a week from our Santa Monica headquarters

  • At this time, we are unable to sponsor employment visas and are only considering candidates who are authorized to work in the United States.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead commercial sales of our product lines

  • Manage a large pipeline of commercial customers and build sales systems for the company

  • Work independently to drive work to completion, while keeping the team informed on various workstreams

  • Build, manage and mentor a sales team that reports to you

  • Report to the CEO

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General

Join the mission to make Earth a sustainable home forever. 

We see a future where space is the gateway to a more resilient and sustainable Earth.​ Outpost is the sustainable space company. Outpost is creating the world's first commercial reusable satellites that will come back to earth after mission completion and then get refurbished for the next mission, reducing future space debris and contributing to the long term sustainability of human life in space while making the cost of a satellite mission up to 80% cheaper and 100% cleaner. 

We enable precision Earth Return of satellites and orbital payloads. We believe that our future in space must be built with sustainability at its core and that efficient, precise Earth Return is essential for the development of new industries in space and the improvement of life on Earth. 

Outpost allows companies to iterate on technical developments in space and ensure mission success. If you believe that the advancement into space will create a better planet Earth for all living beings and have the background to support it, then we want to hear from you.

Chief of Staff at Outpost Space

(In-person role at least 3 days/week in Santa Monica, CA - not open to remote)

Who you are:

  • Able to go broad and deep: sometimes your week is moving across multiple different departments and tasks, both high level and extremely detailed; other times you’ll be very focused on solving a specific or urgent problem

  • Able to hear or read a high volume of new information and quickly synthesize the relevant points

  • Tactful with expressing disagreement or dissent - particularly to your boss 

  • Comfortable with ambiguity and change

  • A fast thinker and communicator, extremely responsive

  • A self-starter who can execute and move projects forward without detailed guidance

  • Highly perceptive and able to anticipate risk

  • Excellent at prioritization

  • Regarded by friends, family, and colleagues as a person of high integrity who is discrete and cautious with sensitive information

  • A fast problem solver - when you see a challenge, you quickly come up with several potential solutions, clearly communicate the pros and cons of various options, gather consensus or buy-in, and execute on the desired solution

Responsibilities:

  • Report directly to the CEO

  • Be a thought partner to the CEO - support and follow through on his initiatives, and provided a needed sounding board around communications and decision making

  • Jump into and sometimes lead different departments of the business as needed, particularly where people resources may be thin before hires are made in certain areas

  • Partner with the CEO on all aspects of fundraising - building pitch deck, identifying leads, relationship development with VCs

  • Partner with on financial modeling as needed

  • Manage team members in operations, and finance and sales as needed

  • Collaborate with the CEO’s executive assistant to make sure his time is being used strategically for activities that further his and the company’s KPIs

  • Serve as the CEO’s proxy in various internal and external meetings 

  • Help develop culture and processes that will scale

Basic qualifications:

  • Based in the Los Angeles area and willing to commute to our office in Santa Monica at least three days a week, some weeks you may be in 5 days, depending on the needs of the CEO and his schedule

  • Experience working closely with executives

  • Understanding of how startup funding works and experience communicating with investors

  • Highly professional and direct style of written communication

  • Able to read and interrogate financial statements - we work with an accounting firm but you may often be asked to help prepare board materials, review monthly reporting, and help draft budgets

  • Comfort with reviewing basic legal documents and escalating to counsel when necessary

Preferred qualifications (these are more of a minimum, as we are very open to exploring candidates who have more experience than these qualifications suggest): 

  • 2-3 years’ experience in management consulting or investment banking

  • 1-2 years previous experience at an early stage startup (<100 employees)

  • Excitement about the space industry and eagerness to learn

  • BA or BS in management and/or real world management experience

Compensation:

  • $160,000 - $200,000 / year, depending on experience

  • Equity

  • Annual performance-based bonus

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage

  • Unlimited PTO - which includes family leave, sick leave, and bereavement leave

  • 401k

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Software

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Who you are: 

  • You are a firmware engineer who has worked integrating bare-metal devices with a variety of CPU architectures. You’re excited by the idea of applying this knowledge towards Satellite earth return and beyond.  

  • You enjoy team collaboration and are an effective communicator with the ability to operate independently. 

Responsible for: 

  • The design, development, and testing of our in-house firmware and flight software supporting all Outpost flight systems. 

Qualifications: 

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field

  • Experience in developing and debugging firmware

  • Proficiency in C

  • U.S. Person including U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 , or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State 

  • Be located in (or willing to relocate to) Santa Monica, CA.

A plus!

  • Experience in a complex system lifecycle including requirements, verification, validation, etc

  • Experience with aerospace and/or RF communication systems

  • Information/network security experience

  • Passion for space/innovation

  • Proficiency in scripting languages: Python, etc.

Compensation:

  • $120,000 - $130,000, based on experience

  • Equity

  • Annual Performance-Based Bonuses

  • Medical, Dental and Vision

  • Unlimited PTO

  • Paid Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave, and Family Leave

  • 401k

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Who you are: 

  • You are a software engineer with knowledge of software architecture practices and hands-on experience in integration and deployment of complex, networked software systems 

  • You enjoy team collaboration and are an effective communicator with the ability to operate independently.  

Responsible for: 

  • The specification, design, and build out of Outpost’s Ground Data Systems

  • Interfacing with Outpost’s ground network to parse, route, and display telemetry to mission controllers

Qualifications: 

  • Degree in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, physics, aerospace, or related field.

  • Proficient in database technologies

  • Proficiency in C++

  • Experience with Linux OS, command-line interface tools, Python or other scripting language, AWS or other similar cloud tooling

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 , or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State

  • Be located in (or willing to relocate to) Santa Monica, CA.

A plus!

  • Experience in a complex system lifecycle including requirements, verification, validation, etc

  • Experience with aerospace and/or RF communication systems

  • Information/network security experience

  • Passion for space/innovation

Compensation:

  • $105,000 - $115,000, based on experience

  • Equity

  • Annual Performance-Based Bonuses

  • Medical, Dental and Vision

  • Unlimited PTO

  • Paid Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave, and Family Leave

  • 401k

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