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CACI International NASA Spacecraft Embedded Flight Software Engineer in Houston, Texas

NASA Spacecraft Embedded Flight Software Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

Time Type: Full time

Minimum Clearance Required to Start: NACI

Employee Type: Regular

Percentage of Travel Required: Up to 10%

Type of Travel: Continental US

CACI is looking for experienced Spacecraft Embedded Flight Software Engineers to develop embedded flight software for NASA’s human-rated spacecraft that will be used to return humans to the Moon to explore the lunar surface, to establish a lunar base, and to lay stepping stones for Mars exploration. This exciting software development position involves prototyping, requirements definition, design, development, test and verification, integration, and certification of embedded flight software for future crewed spacecraft and space vehicles such as:

  • Gateway Space Station in lunar orbit to provide astronaut habitation and allow access to the lunar surface for exploration.

  • Human Landing System (HLS) lunar lander to take astronauts to the lunar surface.

  • Spacesuits for human exploration activities on the lunar surface.

  • Lunar Transport Vehicle and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Pressurized Rover for transporting astronauts on the lunar surface.

  • Commercial Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Destinations (CLD) for Commercial Space Stations

This position requires a self-motivated, capable person with strong verbal and written communication skills. In addition to outstanding technical expertise, the individual must be very people savvy, have strong customer relationship skills, possess a positive team-player attitude, be flexible and willing to take on new assignments and responsibilities as they arise, and be an articulate speaker able to communicate complex technical ideas in a convincing manner. The individual must share our passion for our Nation's Space Program and share in the excitement of developing the next human-rated space vehicles.

More About the Role:

Job responsibilities include:

  • Prototype, design, and develop embedded flight software.

  • Perform systems engineering in support of software requirements and interface definitions, design, and performance analysis.

  • Perform software integration, test, and verification.

  • Integrate and test software/hardware in avionics test bed and flight certification environments.

  • Collaborate with engineering teams and contractors across multiple NASA programs and projects.

  • Ensure adherence to JSC standard software process practices.

This work takes place at NASA/JSC in Houston, TX, a highly stimulating and dynamic environment that is critical in human space flight and the space exploration initiative.

You’ll Bring These Qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident for access to USG facilities.

  • B.S. in Aerospace, Electrical, Software, or Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related disciplines required.

  • At least five years of experience in embedded software development for safety-critical software. Experience can be for aerospace vehicles, e.g., commercial or high-performance aircraft, satellites; or in other industries, e.g., oil and gas.

  • Strong C programming skills and experience with Linux.

  • Strong Python development skills.

  • Must have significant experience in the entire software life cycle.

  • Must be flexible, open to new challenges in a dynamic environment, and possess strong technical expertise combined with strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Requires the ability to manage multiple priorities with little supervision.

  • Must be a highly responsible, team-oriented individual with strong work ethic.

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:

  • M.S. in Aerospace, Electrical, Software, or Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related discipline .

  • Experience in human-rated space vehicles, e.g., Space Shuttle, Space Station, Orion, Commercial Crew, and in specific vehicle software domains (e.g., C&T, C&DH, GN&C software).

  • C++ programming and Object-Oriented Design and Analysis (OOAD) skills.

  • Experience in NASA Core Flight Software (CFS).

  • Experience in Real-time Operating Systems, preferably VxWorks.

  • Experience in other bus communication protocols (e.g., 1553, RS-422, RS-232, USB, Ethernet).

  • Experience in Time-Triggered Ethernet (TTE)..

  • Experience with Digital Signal Processors (DSPs).

  • Experience with Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC).

  • Experience with microcontrollers.

  • Experience with Racktangle I/O Platform or PowerDNA software suite.

  • Experience with the GStreamer multi-media framework.

  • Experience developing real-time video acquisition and processing software.

  • Experience developing and troubleshooting device drivers.

  • Experience in software and systems integration.

  • Experience in automated testing.

  • Experience in verification testing.

  • Experience using GitLab and the Git version control system.

  • Experience using Jira.

  • Experience working in an Agile software development environment.

  • Familiarity with CMMI Level 3 (or above) process areas.

What We Can Offer You:

  • We’ve been named a Best Place to Work by the Washington Post.

  • Our employees value the flexibility at CACI that allows them to balance quality work and their personal lives.

  • We offer competitive benefits and learning and development opportunities.

  • We are mission-oriented and ever vigilant in aligning our solutions with the nation’s highest priorities.

  • For over 55 years, the principles of CACI’s unique, character-based culture have been the driving force behind our success.

Company Overview: At CACI, you will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact by providing information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for Intelligence, Defense, and Federal Civilian customers. CACI is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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