Hardware Development Engineer, On-Orbit Reliability

Redmond, WA, United States

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SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


The Starlink program is the largest satellite internet constellation with more than a thousand satellites deployed and growing every month. This role will directly support the health of the electronics on the satellites, responding to alerts, leading anomaly investigations, and performing lab experiments to replicate observations. You will play a key role in keeping our customers served with reliable vehicles as well as managing the orbit data to help drive design decisions.


  • On-call support for alerts from operational satellites on orbit
  • Drive improvements to alert and fault recovery automation to reduce manual intervention for issues on orbit
  • Drive anomaly resolution and failure investigations in collaboration with software, electrical, and constellation operations engineers
  • Perform electrical bench testing and investigations to replicate and inform mitigation of anomalies
  • Develop engineering models of failures and anomalies to understand replacement rate, spare planning, and expected hardware uptime
  • Monitor deployed hardware health by developing analysis tools and dashboards
  • Support off-site radiation effects testing as needed to aid anomaly resolution and software improvements


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or other engineering field
  • Experience with Python or other data analysis tools


  • Advanced degree in electrical engineering or related field
  • Experience with Pandas, Plotly, or similar data analysis tools and data visualization techniques
  • Experience with Git and continuous integration development
  • Experience with designing avionics hardware for remote deployment
  • Experience driving anomaly resolution and improvement in inaccessible hardware
  • Experience with test equipment and measurement techniques to verify and validate software improvements
  • Understanding of electrical schematics and electronics manufacturing to analyze and improve test coverage
  • Experience developing firmware or embedded software


  • Available to work extended hours and weekends as needed


  • 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. Learn more about the ITAR here.  

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

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