Software Engineer, Mission Control

  • Planet
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Apr 29, 2021

Job Description

Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest constellation of imaging satellites in history. This constellation delivers an unprecedented dataset of empirical information via a revolutionary cloud-based platform to authoritative figures in commercial, environmental, and humanitarian sectors. We are both a space company and data company all rolled into one.

Customers and users across the globe use Planet's data to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, and solve our world’s toughest obstacles.

As we control every component of hardware design, manufacturing, data processing, and software engineering, our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.

We have a people-centric approach toward culture and community and we strive to iterate in a way that puts our team members first and prepares our company for growth. Join Planet and be a part of our mission to change the way people see the world.

Planet is headquartered in San Francisco, California, Earth.

About the Role:

Planet’s Mission Control is a web-based application that empowers spacecraft operators and analysts to monitor, control, and study our growing fleet of satellites. It is flanked by a number of distributed microservices that handle spacecraft scheduling, tasking, telemetry processing, and similar operational needs. Together, these services automate much of the day-to-day operations of Planet's fleet of satellites.

The team builds, maintains, and operates these tools. Our mission is to offer a seamless interface that enables spacecraft operators, analysts, and engineers at Planet to interact effortlessly with our assets in space. We strive to minimize operational burden, and to automate all aspects of satellite operations. In this role, you will tackle and solve a broad array of engineering problems in a fast-paced environment. You will specify and implement new HTTP APIs and help improve existing ones, evaluate and choose appropriate software technologies, and design and deploy critical infrastructure, all highly impactful to the success of Planet. You will be a part of a team that will support, enable and engage with the end users to iterate on these systems.

Our team is flexible with respect to location. While currently all working remote, our team is nominally a mix of members working remotely and in-office of varying proportions, all located in the PST timezone. Fully remote team members join the team at HQ (about once a quarter) to participate in team and company-wide meetings and events.  

What You Bring:

  • Solid Python programming skills
  • API design experience
  • Attention to quality including automated testing, code review, and documentation
  • Familiarity with at least one relational database technology (e.g., Postgres, MySQL, etc.)
  • Comfortable in a Linux CLI environment
  • Familiarity with version control
  • Voracious appetite for learning and collaboration

What makes You Stand Out:

  • Familiarity with AWS or other cloud computing platforms
  • Familiarity with Django and/or React
  • Experience working in microservice environments
  • Experience in deploying and maintaining peer-reviewed code (web apps, web services, etc.) in production systems
  • Experience with Docker
  • Strong Linux skills
  • Knowledge of aerospace concepts

Benefits While Working at Planet:

  • Comprehensive Health Plan
  • Wellness program and onsite massages in specific offices
  • Flexible Time Off
  • Recognition Programs
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Learning and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Parental Leave
  • Offsites and Happy Hours
  • Volunteering Benefits

Some Press About Us: 

Our CEO, Will Marshall featured on TED and featured in a Planet Blog

“Planet: Bringing Space Back Down to Earth”

Tiny, privately owned satellites are changing how we view the Earth features in NBC News

“Planet And Rocket Lab Create Mission Patch To Honor Women In Aerospace” —Planet Blog

Why we care so much about Belonging. 

We’re dedicated to helping the whole Planet, and to do that we must strive to represent all of it within each of our offices and on all of our teams. That’s why Planet is guided by an ultimate  north star of Belonging, dreaming big as we approach our ongoing work with diversity, equity and inclusion.  If this job intrigues you, but you’re thinking you might not have all the qualifications, please... do apply!  At Planet, we are looking for well-rounded people from around the world who can contribute to more ways than just what is listed in this job description.  We don’t just fill positions, we aspire to fulfill people’s careers, most excited about folks who are motivated by our underlying humanitarian efforts.  We are a few orbits around the sun before we get to where we want to be, so we hope you’re excited to come along for the ride. 

Compensation (For Colorado Applicants Only):

The base pay range targeted for this position in Colorado is: $86,400 - $187,200.  This role is eligible for equity.

The actual offer, including the compensation package, is determined based on multiple factors, including experience, location, and other business considerations.

Planet is registered as an employer in many, but not all, states. If you are not able to work from a state where Planet is registered, you will not be eligible for employment. 


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