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Planet Labs // commercial satellite network
Engineering, Full Time    San Francisco, CA    Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2022
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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 headquartered in San Francisco, California, Earth.

About the Role:

As a Senior Orbits R&D Engineer, you will work with a small team of dedicated engineers responsible for the Flight Dynamics & Mission Planning on Planets fleet of satellites. The Flight Dynamics disciplines of this team include constellation design, orbit determination, maneuver design & execution (with propulsion & differential-drag), & conjunction assessment & mitigation. Mission Planning is concerned with the scheduling of imaging & contacts for Planets Dove & SkySat constellations. The large operations research problem has a direct impact on fulfilling the business needs in an automated manner of the worlds largest heterogenous constellation of Earth Observation satellites. You will be responsible for performing technical analysis & developing systems to support the mission critical responsibilities of the team. Our team interfaces across a variety of problems & systems, over time you will become proficient across a variety of internally developed tools & take lead on ongoing & future tool development.

Some exciting problems we'll be working on as a team:
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