Aerospace Software Engineer

| Houston, TX + 1 more | Remote
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You are skilled in aerospace software development, modeling, simulation and analysis and interested in building intelligent space systems to modernize satellite operations. You will be responsible for astrodynamics analyses, algorithm development, and space systems modeling. You must be comfortable taking ideas from theory into deployment. As an aerospace engineer you will:

  • Develop simulations for constellations of Earth-orbiting satellites and modeling their interactions with each other and ground-based assets.
  • Develop simulation models of spacecraft subsystems, such as communications, power, memory, thermal, etc.
  • Determine the required level of model fidelity for Machine Learning (ML) development and customer needs.
  • Perform verification and validation analyses of the aerospace simulation models.
  • Provide aerospace expertise to support data science and machine learning development.
  • Collaborate with machine learning engineers, data scientists, and software developers to produce excellent products for our customers.
  • Work on integration with other satellite ground systems

Any experience related to the following would be of particular interest.

  • Remote sensing spacecraft tasking and constellation modeling
  • Experience in flight software development, communication protocols and spacecraft systems
  • Space environment and space weather
  • Interface with satellite systems, software in the loop testing, satellite ground systems


  • US Citizenship required.
  • 2+ years of professional experience as an Aerospace Engineer or similar role.
  • Bachelor’s, Master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a relevant field: Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering, Computational Physics, etc.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of spacecraft dynamics, orbital mechanics, numerical methods, geometry, and statistics.
  • Proficiency with C/C++ and object-oriented programming design.
  • Proficiency with Python and libraries such as Numpy, and Pandas.
  • Proficiency with Linux development environment.
  • Knowledge of software development principles and architecture.
  • Ability to communicate complex data in a simple, actionable way
  • Ability to work in a team and work collaboratively on complex tasks.
  • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills.


One of the most interesting aspects of working at a startup company is gaining equity in the company, which means our success is your success. In addition to equity in the form of options, we also offer:

  • Unlimited Time-Off policy, company holidays, and company retreat
  • Cost-effective health care, dental, and vision with company contributions.
  • 401K plan
  • Life insurance
  • Short term and long-term disability
  • Office Amenities (if working in Houston)

Work Location:
This position is based in Houston TX. The work location is flexible if approved by the Company.

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An Insider's view of Cognitive Space

What are some social events your company does?

Since we're a distributed team with staff in TX, CO, MO, VA, and WA we bring the team together once a quarter at our HQ in Houston, TX. The "On-Site" weeks often feature group dinners, bowling, escape rooms, retro arcade visits and other fun activities. We also have an annual company retreat where we plan our next 12 months' strategy and have fun!


VP Business Development & Operations

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

What used to be a high-touch, human-in-the-loop activity, tasking individual spacecraft by tail number over hours and days is no more. We must now complete dynamic automated tasking of fleets of thousands of spacecraft, both individually and as a holistic system, in mere minutes. AI and ML are key to unlocking this potential.


VP Business Development & Operations

What makes someone successful on your team?

Living our company values is how individuals succeed at Cognitive Space. Our values are:

Seek Excellence
Lead with Grit
Celebrate Victories
Build Trust
Execute Fiercely

Be sure to ask us about these during your interview!


VP Business Development & Operations

What are Cognitive Space Perks + Benefits

Eat lunch together
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Cognitive Space is implementing training by Search Inside Yourself, a program born at Google scientifically proven to build psychological safety and while increasing empathy and lowering bias.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Up to 8 weeks of paid maternity leave, plus 2 weeks paid child bonding leave for new parents following birth or adoption, and 4 weeks part time PTO for new parents to ramp back into full time work.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Unless the position requires to be Houston HQ-based, employees work remotely.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Promote from within

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