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Planet Labs // commercial satellite network
Engineering, Internship    United States, Remote    Posted: Monday, March 07, 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:  

Planet efficiently & safely operates a unique large heterogeneous fleet of >200 satellites on-orbit. Managing these valuable assets is a highly technical feat & the teams consist of skilled engineers from a variety of backgrounds, having collectively worked on more than 30 space missions.

As a Space Systems Engineer Intern, you will be involved with expanding our systems validation & testbed ecosystem for existing & upcoming spacecraft. The Systems Validation Ecosystem, is a fully integrated end-to-end system encompassing ground-based lab satellites & all critical paths utilized in Mission Operations. This ecosystem is utilized by the satellite operations team to rapidly create, deploy, & test software, explore operational experiments & evaluate new techniques to investigate satellite behavior before on-orbit execution. 

You can anticipate working in a close collaborative environment, frequently communicating with hardware & software experts to understand the spacecraft, develop procedures for validating spacecraft & helping shape the way we do operations. This involves:

  • Collaborative learning with Hardware/Software teams of the Spacecraft Bus & Nominal operations 
  • Coding Spacecraft Operational Test Scenarios
  • Writing integration tests to analyze spacecraft data to validate spacecraft performance
  • Developing tools & processes to support efficient multi-mission operations. 

Our team is the first to detect & triage anomalous behavior, therefore an understanding of how each spacecraft subsystem relates to one another is important.

Impact Youll Own:

  • Investigate a given technical problem & re-create a reference scenario
  • Explore & develop a solution to the technical problem
  • Test & implement the solution
  • Document technical approach & solution

What You Bring:

  • Experience with Python scripts development, & code version control
  • Enthusiasm to dig down rabbit holes to debug an issue when needed
  • Desire to automate documentation
  • Ability to quickly pick up new concepts & to contribute with innovative solutions

What Makes You Stand Out:

  • Experience in process automation, from design to software development
  • Previous experience in spacecraft or related flight operations
  • Previous  space systems integration & test experience
  • Experience with data analysis & trending
  • Experience using project management tools & issue trackers

Perks & Total Rewards While Fellowing or Interning at Planet:

  • Office & WiFi Reimbursements
  • Flex Fridays (once a month)
  • Volunteering Benefits
  • Commuter Benefits if you are near HQ

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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