Flight software engineer

Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium

Our mission is supported by an ambitious vertically integrated approach: design & manufacture of small satellites combined with development of earth observation services.

Since its creation in 2018, the company has already grown substantially. Our team gathers more than 25 engineering expertise, from hardware design to software development & data science.

In 2024, Aerospacelab counts offices in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), Toulouse (France), Lausanne (Switzerland) and US West Coast with more than 200 full-time employees, with the ambition to position itself as the European leader in small satellites.

Role Overview

    Contemporary satellites are commonly constructed in a modular fashion, divided into distinct units, each dedicated to a specific function.

    In adopting a vertical integration approach, Aerospacelab, as a satellite manufacturer, designs a variety of these units including the embedded software running on them.

    As we continue to expand our team, we are seeking a talented and motivated Embedded Software Engineer to contribute to the development of new units and improvement of existing units.

    As an Embedded Software Engineer, you will join an agile development team that works around a specific unit. We develop many type of units, including on-board computers, radios, cameras, optical transceivers, network switches, and different kind of sensors and actuators.

    In these development teams, communication and cooperation among diverse team members are key, often blurring the lines between competences.

    You will work closely with EE and FPGA engineers and depending on the project, also with RF, AOCS, optical or network engineers.

    At Aerospacelab, our moto is work hard, play hard. We strive to innovate, in a fun and inclusive work environment.

    We work in short cycles – no waiting for years before seeing code go live & get valuable feedback.

    Expect an exciting job, where you will learn constantly and contribute to building state-of-the-art software, that will rapidly make its proof in orbit.

    Lastly, but not at least, at Aerospacelab we promote flexibility within the organization, depending on your skill set and motivation, there will be opportunities to take more responsibilities and even changing roles.

     

Key activities

    • Closely working with hardware and system engineers to design and build unit firmware and high level satellite applications.
    • Producing high quality flight SW components following the development flow established at Aerospacelab (requirements engineering, design, implementation, testing and maintenance).
    • Supporting the definition of the satellite system architecture.


     

Nice to have

  •  Experience in space sector (knowledge of the satellite subsystems, satellite operations, development of embedded flight software, etc.)
  • Experience with ECSS/CCSDS standards (ECSS-E-ST-70-41A or C Telemetry and telecommand packet utilization, CCSDS 133.0-B-1 Space Packet Protocol, etc.)

Must have

  • BSc, MSc or PhD degree in Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering, or related field
  • Experience with C and Python programming languages
  •   Experience developing embedded software in Linux environment
  •   Experience with real time operating systems (preferably FreeRTOS)
  • Strong skills debugging, optimizing and unit testing 
  • Experience with full cycle SW development 
  • Ability to read and understand schematics and layouts 
  • Experience working with digital HW (usage of flashers, JTAG, oscilloscope, etc.)
  • Familiarity with some of the following technologies: Buildroot, UBoot, Zynq, cmake, communication links (CAN, I2C, SPI, UART, SPW, etc.)
  • Good communication skills 
  • Fluent in English

Joining us

  • Build your own career path
  • Direct impact on the growth trajectory of the company
  • Flat hierarchy
  • Fast-paced environment
  • Flexible ways of working
  • Salary package consistent with your experience