Working Student, Space Operations

  • Planet
  • Berlin, Germany
  • May 07, 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:

Did you ever want to command a satellite? What about hundreds? 

Our team is in charge of maintaining the largest constellation of imaging satellites safe, healthy and productive. We do so with a small team of very talented engineers from our offices in SF and Berlin and now we are looking  for a working student to support our operations.

Your mission will be to support day-to-day ops which includes making assessments based on data analysis, triage and resolve anomalies, run on-orbit experiments, test and roll out software on ground and on-orbit. 

The core of our operations is automation, so you will be writing code to automate mission operations and aggregate data into metrics. 

The ideal candidate is a self-starter, quick learner, good communicator, and has the ability to switch context quickly. You will be working in a close collaborative environment, frequently communicating with hardware and software experts to understand anomalies, develop procedures and shape the way we do operations. Expect to be in the middle of it all, as the work of the Space Operations team is essential to Planet’s success. 

 Impact You’ll Own:

  • Develop and enhance existing tools to automate operations
  • Develop and maintain scripts to aggregate satellite data and generate metrics
  • Use existing and new metrics for data analysis to make assessments about the performance and health of the satellites 
  • Implement machine learning solutions to predict and analyze satellite anomalies
  • Perform daily checks on the fleet
  • Identify, triage, root cause and resolve satellite anomalies

What You Bring:

  • BSc in engineering or computer science
  • Software development experience in Python or equivalent
  • Data-driven mindset and comfort with statistical analysis
  • Self-starter for solving problems
  • Team player with excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • High motivation to work in a dynamic environment

What Makes You Stand Out:

  • Familiar with automation and software development tools (i.e. Jenkins, Bash, Git)
  • Experience working with large amounts of data and APIs
  • Experience developing, testing, and deploying software
  • Experience in machine learning


Benefits While Working at Planet:


  • Be part of a vibrant international company of 45+ nationalities with office locations in different countries
  • Sense of belonging in a diverse and inclusive culture
  • Experience a fast-paced spacetech environment
  • Countless opportunities to connect within and outside of work with regular team events  
  • Personal development with annual L&D budget
  • Join our regular hack-weeks and meetup events to exchange knowledge
  • Employee Resource Groups that provide safe and empowering spaces for connection and mentorship
  • Give back to the community by using one day per quarter for charitable work as part of our 1% Pledge
  • Health programs and flexible working hours to support work life balance
  • Be part of our growth: we offer equity options for our employees
  • Daily virtual mindful bodywork sessions to stay healthy
  • We offer equipment and wellbeing support during these challenging times 


  • Enjoy a spacious central office located in U/S-bahn Zoologischer Garten
  • Employees’ well-being is our top priority: on site massages, snacks, fruits, drinks and company lunches 
  • Additional contributions to Company Pension schemes
  • Enjoy unique offers and discounts for companies/web shops 
  • Additional Company Holidays 

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. 


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