Summer 2024 Internship - Software Engineer

Pittsburgh, PA

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world.  The company’s suite of lunar landers delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals. The company is also developing advanced space robotics capabilities such as terrain relative navigation, mobile robotics for lunar surface operations, and reliable computing systems for mission-critical applications. Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining. Astrobotic’s headquarters is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a second location in Mojave, California.

Astrobotic’s Lunar Surface Systems Department is opening an software engineer internship to develop flight software and firmware for our portfolio of cutting-edge solutions on the Lunar surface, particularly our Lunar rover and power product lines. With numerous flight opportunities, our surface assets will soon be flying to the Moon to demonstrate critical capabilities such as deploying Lunar power infrastructure, long-range communications, and autonomous surface operations. 

In this role, you will be responsible for designing, developing, verifying, and deploying software across multiple rover and power product lines. Your strong programming skills will enable you to develop low-level software, device drivers, and flight software applications that meet the stringent performance and memory constraints of our custom platforms. Additionally, you will be responsible for working with other engineering teams to maintain hardware/software compatibility, writing and presenting technical reports, implementing the full software engineering development cycle, and regularly reporting to the Software Lead Engineer.

The Lunar Surface Systems Department fosters a collaborative working environment with high degrees of freedom, responsibility, and expectations. We’re building novel solutions to challenging technical problems with the goal of making space more accessible to the world as a commercial platform. The company was recently selected by NASA as a premier organization to deliver American payloads to the Moon and leads the world in international payload sales. The company’s Peregrine lander will mark America’s return to Moon and is scheduled for launch in 2023.

*This internship is a 6-month rotation from May 2024 - August 2024.*

Job Responsibilities:

  • Developing and testing interfaces between ground/flight software, 
  • Writing and reviewing C/C++, Python, Bash, etc. code for ground/flight software
  • Writing, managing, and performing unit/integration/functional tests
  • Working with or developing simulations for the CubeRover or other rovers
  • Integrating hardware sensors with CubeRover or other rover platform

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Knowledgeable in Fault Detection, Isolation, and Recovery
  • Knowledge of spaceflight hardware and software development processes
  • Experience with developing software for unmanned spacecraft or similar areas.
  • Experience with FPGA development
  • Knowledge of Linux in an embedded environment
  • Ability to work with hardware schematics and datasheets
  • Experience working in the Git environment
  • Experience working in an agile development environment and using relevant agile tools (e.g. Jira)

The base salary range represents the low and high end of the anticipated salary range for this position. The actual base salary offered for this position will depend on numerous factors including individual performance, business objectives, and the candidates professional experience.  Base salary is just one component of Astrobotic’s competitive total rewards strategy.

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.

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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