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Mission Operations Engineer



Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, July 5, 2024
Spacecraft represent the most pressing unmet need across the entire aerospace industry. As more launch vehicles come online and the cost to orbit decreases, more companies launching payloads to space continue to emerge.
For the first time in history, this influx of payload companies combined with reduced launch costs has resulted in a massive increase in need for commercial spacecraft platforms, known as satellite buses. These buses hold the payloads of our customers and are flown on launch vehicles.
Apex manufactures these satellite buses as scale using a combination of software, vertical integration, and hardware that is designed for manufacturing. Our spacecraft enable the future of society: ranging from earth observation to communications and more.
We’d love for you to join us on our mission of providing humankind access to the galaxy beyond our planet.
About the Role:
We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Mission Operations Engineer to join our team. The ideal candidate will be responsible for the operation and management of our spacecraft, ensuring the success of various space missions. This role requires a deep understanding of spacecraft systems, mission planning, and real-time problem-solving abilities.
Mission Planning and Execution:
• Develop and execute detailed mission plans for small spacecraft operations.
• Coordinate with cross-functional teams to ensure mission objectives are met.
• Monitor spacecraft during mission operations and respond to anomalies in real-time.
Spacecraft Operations:
• Operate and control spacecraft from mission control centers.
• Conduct pre-launch tests, simulations, and rehearsals to ensure mission readiness.
• Analyze telemetry data to monitor spacecraft health and performance.
Anomaly Resolution:
• Identify and troubleshoot spacecraft anomalies and system failures.
• Implement corrective actions and develop contingency plans to mitigate risks.
• Collaborate with engineering teams to resolve technical issues.
Data Analysis and Reporting:
• Analyze mission data and generate comprehensive reports on mission outcomes.
• Provide insights and recommendations for future mission improvements.
• Maintain detailed documentation of mission operations and procedures.
Continuous Improvement:
• Stay updated with the latest advancements in spacecraft technology and operations.
• Propose and implement process improvements to enhance mission efficiency and reliability.
• Participate in post-mission debriefs and contribute to lessons learned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field (Master’s degree preferred).
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in spacecraft operations, mission control, or related fields.
  • Proven track record of successful mission planning and execution for small spacecraft.
  • Proficiency in spacecraft operations software and tools.
  • Strong understanding of spacecraft systems, including propulsion, avionics, and communication.
  • Experience with telemetry data analysis and anomaly resolution.
  • Proficiency in programming languages such as Python, and C/C++.
  • Experience with software development tools like Git, Jenkins, and Docker.
  • Familiarity with real-time operating systems (RTOS) and embedded systems.
  • Knowledge of satellite operations software, such as GMAT, STK, or similar.
  • Excellent problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities.
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and make quick, informed decisions.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends, as required by mission schedules.
  • Must be eligible to obtain a TS/SCI security clearance.
Apex believes in creating a work environment that you look forward to embracing every day. Our employees love working at Apex, and we want you to love it too. We offer the following benefits:
- Shared upside: receive equity in Apex, letting you benefit from the work you create.
- Best-in-class healthcare, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. The primary's premium is 99%+ covered.
- Enjoy our comprehensive PTO package, fostering employee well-being.
- Competitive 401(k) plan and matching.
- Paternity/maternity leave.
- Daily lunch, unlimited snacks, and regular office BBQs!
- Your dream desk setup, tools, and whatever else you need to be your most productive self.
- A world class office located in Culver City, filled with amazing coworkers and social gatherings for you and your family.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Apex Technology, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Candidates and employees are always evaluated based on merit, qualifications, and performance. We will never discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability, or any other legally protected status.