Ground Software Engineer

Engineering Irvine, California



Be more than just an employee number! Join Terran Orbital, the leader in innovation, manufacturing, and operations in the small satellite industry. We are a pioneer in the miniaturization of space technologies and the delivery of responsive space solutions. We are a unique, fast growing, and trusted team focused on quickly and economically designing, building, launching, and operating state-of-the-art satellites for advanced mission constellations. Terran Orbital is seeking a motivated Ground Software Engineer to contribute to the Ground Software (GSW) development at our Irvine, CA location.   

Terran Orbital is a leading worldwide provider of nanosatellite and microsatellite vehicles, services, and solutions to Commercial and Government customers. The team is responsible for building and maintaining software applications and tools that enable end-to-end operations of our spacecraft as well as the entire ground segment. As a Software Engineer, the candidate will develop both back- and front-end applications that manage our ground segment, store, and visualize spacecraft telemetry, and automate our mission control center.    


Key Duties and Responsibilities   

  • Design and implement, test the ground software framework for Terran Orbital's next generation of space vehicles with guidance from the team
  • Core focus: Develop back-end data processing applications (Python) and web servers (NodeJS) and the design of interfaces and data flow between ground segment applications
  • Participate in software requirements generation, design, implementation, and testing discussions

 Qualifications and Skills   

  •  2+ years of software development including back-end and front-end development, and database
  • High competency with: Python and/or JavaScript; MongoDB
  • Exposure to: React, SQL
  • Emphasis on application security at all levels of the system.
  • Experience with big-data design and system-level architecture. Experience working in a team environment to foster the growth of junior developers and support team cohesiveness.
  • B.S. Computer Science

Desired Skills and Experience   

  • Familiarity with Docker and Kubernetes containerization and service orchestration systems.
  • Familiarity with AMQP (RabbitMQ) message queuing protocol \
  • Knowledge of Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment practices and tools 
  • Knowledge of IT/networking basics 
  • Demonstrated experience with generation of UI/UX and data visualization 
  • Exposure to AI/ML
  • Passion for the NewSpace industry


  • 100% Company-paid comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents
  • Employee Equity Incentive Programs
  •  401(k) Match
  • Unlimited PTO

Salary Range $105,000-$165,000   

Your actual level and base salary will be determined case-by-case and may vary based on the job-related qualification, knowledge, skills, education, and experience. In addition to base salary, we offer equity for each employee, 100% covered medical, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) match, unlimited flex time off, covered life insurance, maternity and paternity leave, tuition reimbursement, employee referrals, and lots of swag!   

About Terran Orbital  

Terran Orbital is a leading manufacturer of satellite products primarily serving the aerospace and defense industries. Terran Orbital provides end-to-end satellite solutions by combining satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations, and on-orbit support to meet the needs of the most demanding military, civil, and commercial customers. Learn more at   

Physical Demands 

An employee must meet the physical demands described to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. In performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely required to sit or stand for long durations of time, in addition to bending, reaching, and walking. This would require the ability to lift or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move objects up to 25 pounds. This position is generally sedentary, with substantial computer usage.   

Work Environment 

The job operates in a professional office environment but in a manufacturing company. This job routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and scanners.    


To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, the applicant 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. In addition, please note that this position may require a current United States National Security clearance or eligibility for such a clearance.

Terran Orbital is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law.   

If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [email protected]