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Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet designs, builds, & 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, & humanitarian sectors. We are both a space company & data company all rolled into one.

Customers & users across the globe use Planet's data to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, & solve our worlds toughest obstacles.

As we control every component of hardware design, manufacturing, data processing, & software engineering, our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.

We have a people-centric approach toward culture & community & we strive to iterate in a way that puts our team members first & prepares our company for growth. Join Planet & be a part of our mission to change the way people see the world.

Planet is a global company with employees working remotely world wide & joining us from offices in San Francisco, Washington DC, Germany, & The Netherlands.

About the Role:  

Planets Mission Control is a web-based application that empowers spacecraft operators & analysts to monitor, control, & study our growing fleet of satellites. It is flanked by a number of distributed microservices that handle spacecraft scheduling, tasking, telemetry processing, & similar operational needs. Together, these services automate much of the day-to-day operations of Planet's fleet of satellites.

Youll be a part of a team that builds, maintains, & operates these tools. Our mission is to offer a seamless interface that enables spacecraft operators, analysts, & engineers at Planet to interact effortlessly with our assets in space. We strive to minimize operational burden, & to automate all aspects of satellite operations. In this role, you will tackle & solve a broad array of engineering problems in a fast-paced environment. You will specify & implement new HTTP APIs & help improve existing ones, evaluate & choose appropriate software technologies, & design & deploy critical infrastructure, all highly impactful to the success of Planet. You will be a part of a team that will support, enable & engage with the end users to iterate on these systems.

What You Bring:

Here's a collection of some of the skills we value. Don't be discouraged if your strengths lie in particular areas more than others: that's what a team is for!

  • Experience building services that leverage cloud-based infrastructure & tooling such as AWS or GCP
  • Have maintained infrastructure with Ansible or similar (eg. Kubernetes, Terraform)
  • Experience with relational database technologies (e.g., Postgres, MySQL, etc.)
  • Experience with maintaining peer-reviewed code & continuous integration & deployment workflows & tooling like GitLab CI & Docker or similar
  • Strong Linux skills
  • Solid Python programming skills
  • Attention to quality including automated testing, code review, & documentation
  • Voracious appetite for learning & collaboration

What Makes You Stand Out:

  • API design experience
  • Experience working with monitoring tools like Datadog, Sentry, or equivalent
  • Experience working in microservice environments
  • Knowledge of aerospace concepts

Benefits While Working at Planet:

  • Comprehensive Health Plan
  • Wellness program & onsite massages in specific offices
  • Flexible Time Off
  • Recognition Programs
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Learning & Tuition Reimbursement
  • Parental Leave
  • Offsites & Happy Hours
  • Volunteering Benefits

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. 

Were dedicated to helping the whole Planet, & to do that we must strive to represent all of it within each of our offices & on all of our teams. Thats why Planet is guided by an ultimate  north star of Belonging, dreaming big as we approach our ongoing work with diversity, equity & inclusion.  If this job intrigues you, but youre 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 dont just fill positions, we aspire to fulfill peoples 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 youre excited to come along for the ride. 

EEO statement:

Planet is committed to building a community where everyone belongs & we invite people from all backgrounds to apply. Planet is an equal opportunity employer, & committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth & breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, & local laws. 


Planet is an inclusive community & we know that everyone has their own needs. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation during the interview process, please call Planet's front office at 669-214-9404 or contact your recruiter with your request. Your message will be confidential & we will be happy to assist you.

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