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Opening Deep Space for Business™

Who We Are

For almost 60 years, NASA dominated space and inspired generations, but when they relinquished low Earth orbit to private companies like SpaceX and Planet Labs, a revolution began. Fast-moving startups have increased innovation and lowered costs in unprecedented ways. But no private company has ventured on its own into the largest potential market, deep space.

At Deep Space Industries, we are building a new type of spacecraft that drives down the cost of access to deep space as much as 50x lower than current solutions. Our spacecraft gives private companies and government agencies low-cost access to high-Earth orbits, Lunar orbits, near Earth asteroids, Venus, and even Mars, helping to unlock commercial opportunities in the largest segment of the space market.

In pushing the limits of technology to new frontiers, we intend to help unlock watershed insights and new resources throughout the inner solar system. Our initial focus will be powering scientific, exploratory, commercial, and government missions using our Xplorer spacecraft. As commercial space activities proliferate, we will employ our technology to conduct asteroid science and exploration, support activities such as manufacturing in space, and enter other lucrative vertical markets.

News

DSI Raises $3.5M+ Series A to Fund New Propulsion System and Deep Space Exploration Spacecraft

Deep Space Industries (DSI), a leading space technology company, announced today the closing of the first tranche of its Series A funding round. The company raised just over $3.5M from private investors. The funding will be used to develop Meteor, the company’s new launch-safe bipropellant rocket engine, and continue the ongoing development of the Xplorer spacecraft, the company’s deep space exploration platform scheduled for launch in 2020. Read More…

DSI to provide Comet satellite propulsion for BlackSky, LeoStella

Deep Space Industries (DSI) announced today that it has signed a contract to provide its Comet water-based satellite propulsion systems for the BlackSky Earth observation constellation of smallsats. DSI will provide an initial block of 20 water thrusters for the BlackSky satellites which are scheduled to start launching later this year.Read More…

DSI to provide Comet satellite propulsion for Astro Digital

Deep Space Industries announced today that it has signed a contract with Astro Digital to provide several Comet water-based satellite propulsion systems. Comet is a simple, launch-safe, and cost-effective electrothermal propulsion system that uses water as a propellant and can be customized for nearly any small satellite application.Read More…

Meet the Team

Bill Miller

Bill Miller

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Bill Miller is an accomplished business executive and strategist, with an impressive history of success spearheading all aspects of the development, operation, and optimization of cutting-edge organizations. Through his experiences, he adds value by truly understanding technology and determining ways to make money from it, via his enthusiastic energy, collaborative approach, and long-term vision and strategy development. Bill is an active investor in “New Space”, an member of the Commercial Space Federation and recently served on the Board of Directors for Space Angels Network.

Grant Bonin

Grant Bonin

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Principal Engineer

Grant Bonin is an aerospace management and engineering professional specializing in spacecraft systems engineering, project management, and business development. His broad industry and academic experience spans end-to-end spacecraft development, manned and unmanned space mission analysis and design, orbital mechanics research, and nuclear systems engineering. His accomplishments include 11 different spacecraft operating successfully in orbit, with several more in development. Most recently, he served as manager and lead engineer of the highly successful CanX-4&5 mission, which demonstrated sub-meter autonomous formation flight on orbit. His overall professional goal is to further the human development of space.

Sagi Kfir

Sagi Kfir

General Counsel

Sagi is a corporate and commercial transactions attorney specializing in the aerospace sector.  Starting his legal career in Florida representing Fortune 500 aviation companies in product liability and insurance defense, Sagi moved on to serve as general counsel of an aviation company in California for eleven years.  Focusing his legal practice in the commercial space sector, Sagi facilitated the corporate establishment of Deep Space Industries.  Sagi serves as the Chairman of the Space Law Committee and on the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Air and Space Law, and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law.

Peter Stibrany

Peter Stibrany

Chief Strategist

Peter is a strategist and innovator in the microsatellite industry. His background spans technical, management, and strategic level positions at some of the world’s most innovative space technology companies. Peter has worked at ‘small space’ companies like Dynacon and ‘large space’ companies like MDA. He was a system engineer on Radarsat, MSAT and components of the International Space Station.  He also led various studies of novel orbital and spacecraft architectures for space based radar, earth observation and space-to-space surveillance.

Dr. John Lewis

Dr. John Lewis

Chief Scientist

Dr. John S. Lewis is one of the foremost asteroid experts in the world. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, prior to which he taught space science and cosmo-chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is the author of several seminal works about asteroids including Asteroid Mining 101 as well as Rain of Iron and Ice, and its companion, Mining The Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets, and Planets.

Doug Jones

Doug Jones

Director, Propulsion Systems

Doug has over 20 years experience developing high-performance rocket engines for launch and crewed vehicles. Doug’s engineering experience ranges from liquid rocket engine design to vehicle system optimization. He has also flown aboard a rocket aircraft multiple times while serving as flight test engineer during the development of the XCOR X-Racer.

Nathan Orr

Nathan Orr

Chief Engineer

Nathan Orr is an Aerospace Engineer who specializes in systems engineering, spacecraft avionics design and project management. He has a decade of hands-on space industry experience building small satellites and developing spacecraft hardware including power systems, propulsion and payloads. Nathan has made significant contributions to 18 satellite missions, with 12 currently operating successfully on-orbit. Nathan holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Alberta and a Master of Applied Science degree in Aerospace from the University of Toronto. In his spare time, Nathan is an avid amateur astronomer and cyclist.

Scott Armitage

Scott Armitage

Director of Space Systems

Scott Armitage is an aerospace engineer specializing in spacecraft systems engineering and subsystems design. His industry and academic experience includes end-to-end spacecraft development, the design, assembly, and test of small spacecraft propulsion systems, embedded systems design, and software architecture design. Scott was the lead systems engineer for the highly successful CanX-4&5 nanosatellite mission which demonstrated sub-meter autonomous formation flight on orbit. In aggregate, he has contributed to eight different spacecraft operating successfully on orbit and several others currently in development or awaiting launch.

Vincent Tarantini

Vincent Tarantini

Senior Systems Engineer

Vince is a space engineer specializing in high performance propulsion systems. He has led the development of five different monopropellant and resistojet systems for small satellites. He is also adept at end-to-end mechanical and thermal subsystem development. To date, he has led subsystem development for nine operational small satellite missions spanning areas of propulsion, thermal, structural, and attitude control.

Board of Directors

Guillermo Sohnlein

Guillermo Sohnlein

Chairman

Guillermo Söhnlein is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for exploration and innovation. He is currently co-founder and CEO of Blue Marble Exploration, an exploration-focused media company, and a Venture Partner at Nexxus Ventures, a Silicon Valley international incubator, accelerator, technology lab, and venture fund. Also, he currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Deep Space Industries, Experience Mamoní, Mamoní 100, SynapseMX, and WayPaver Foundation. Starting in Silicon Valley twenty years ago, Guillermo has helped launch a number of creative and socially impactful ventures, both for-profit and nonprofit. Most notably, he is the founder of Space Angels Network, a global network of angel investors focused exclusively on early-stage commercial space investment opportunities. He is also co-founder of OceanGate, which provides manned submersible services and solutions for industry, research, and exploration.

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

Board Director

Eric Anderson is President of And One Technologies and an early stage investor in emerging space and IoT companies. He has contributed to dozens of space products, missions and programs within small and large companies, government and academia. He currently supports technology and business aspects of several space, near-space, and air system developments with an emphasis on delivery of data and services via new technologies, channels and business models. As Chief Technologist for Space at Moog, he helped lead the company’s space business and collaborated with worldwide colleagues on business strategy, technology and innovation across multiple markets. Eric was part of the leadership team at the nationally-recognized small company CSA Engineering, serving several years as President.

Eric Uhrhane

Eric Uhrhane

Board Director

Eric Uhrhane has decades of experience as a professional software engineer. His code has been used for hardware design at Silicon Spice and Broadcom, mission-critical aircraft subsystems at Makani, and the Linux kernel for Google’s production server fleet.  He’s worked on Google Drive, 3D graphics, web browsers and standards, and 3D printing. An active angel investor since 2009, he now supports dozens of companies with advice on strategy, R&D, and risk mitigation.  He has been been studying and investing in commercial space since 2013.

Bill Miller

Bill Miller

Board Director & CEO

Bill Miller is an accomplished business executive and strategist, with an impressive history of success spearheading all aspects of the development, operation, and optimization of cutting-edge organizations. Through his experiences, he adds value by truly understanding technology and determining ways to make money from it, via his enthusiastic energy, collaborative approach, and long-term vision and strategy development. Bill is an active investor in “New Space”, an member of the Commercial Space Federation and recently served on the Board of Directors for Space Angels Network.

Careers

USA Headquarters

Silicon Valley, California

RF Engineer
Deep Space Industries is seeking an experienced RF engineer.

Position Duties:

  • Design and test a radio transponder suitable for deep space communications
  • Define and analyze spacecraft antenna architecture
  • Debug spacecraft level EMC issues
  • Antenna pattern testing
  • Participate in spacecraft level qualification and acceptance testing

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience
  • Experience with RF hardware design (including circuit layout) and testing in S-Band and X-Band
  • Experience with EMC design practices and debugging
  • Proficiency with RF test equipment such as network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, and signal generators
  • Proficiency with commercial software tools for RF and antenna analysis
  • Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

The ideal candidate will have particular experience:

  • Experience with antenna design, modeling and testing
  • Experience with spacecraft antenna pattern testing
  • Familiarity with spacecraft deep space RF tracking techniques such as Delta-DOR and monopulse
  • Familiarity with spacecraft link budgets
  • Proficiency with programming languages including C and Python
  • Familiarity with Deep Space Network (DSN)

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Mechanical Engineer
Deep Space Industries is seeking an experienced mechanical engineer.

Position Duties:

  • Design, construction and testing of spacecraft structures
  • Interface with suppliers and oversee the manufacturing of mechanical components
  • Perform static and dynamic analysis tasks on a variety of mechanical subsystems
  • Perform spacecraft configuration, layout and mass properties analysis
  • Participate in spacecraft and subsystem level qualification and acceptance testing

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience
  • Experience with spacecraft structural design and testing
  • Familiarity with composite materials design practices
  • Familiarity with additive manufacturing (3D printing) technology
  • Experience with vibration testing and results interpretation
  • Proficiency with 3D solid modeling using commercial software tools
  • Proficiency with static and dynamic analysis using commercially FEM software tools
  • Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

The ideal candidate will have particular experience:

  • Experience with spacecraft thermal design
  • Experience with pressure tank design and testing
  • Experience designing and testing robotic mechanisms
  • Experience with spacecraft propulsion systems

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Mechanical Engineer (Mechanisms)
Deep Space Industries is seeking an experienced mechanical engineer.

Position Duties:

  • Design, assemble and test electromechanical robotic systems and deployment mechanisms
  • Interface with suppliers and oversee the manufacturing of mechanical components
  • Perform static and dynamic analysis tasks on a variety of mechanical subsystems
  • Design and operate spacecraft ground support equipment
  • Participate in spacecraft and subsystem level qualification and acceptance testing

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience
  • Experience designing and testing electromechanical mechanisms
  • Experience designing deployable mechanisms
  • Proficiency with commercial 3D solid modeling software tools
  • Proficiency with static and dynamic analysis using commercially FEM software tools
  • Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

The ideal candidate will have particular experience:

  • Experience with spacecraft structural design and testing
  • Experience with spacecraft thermal design
  • Experience with vibration testing and results interpretation
  • Experience with spacecraft propulsion systems
  • Experience with spacecraft assembly, integration and testing

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Electrical Engineer
Deep Space Industries is seeking an experienced electrical engineer.

Position Duties:

  • Design and test spacecraft avionics
  • Develop and test embedded software applications and FPGA firmware
  • Interface with suppliers and oversee the manufacturing of electronic components
  • Debug spacecraft level EMC issues
  • Participate in spacecraft and subsystem level qualification and acceptance testing

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience
  • Experience with circuit design and PCB layout
  • Experience with integrating, testing and debugging electronics
  • Experience with EMC design practices and debugging
  • Proficiency with commercial PCB layout software
  • Experience with embedded software design
  • Experience with FPGA firmware design
  • Proficiency with programming languages including assembly, C and Python
  • Familiarity with electronic test equipment including oscilloscopes, multimeters, power supplies, and logic analyzers
  • Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

The ideal candidate will have particular experience:

  • Experience with antenna design, modeling and testing
  • Experience with solar panels and batteries
  • Experience soldering electronic assemblies
  • Familiarity with Deep Space Network (DSN)
  • Experience with radiation testing of electronic components (TID, SEE, etc…)
  • Experience with spacecraft assembly, integration and testing

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Software Engineer (Flight Software)
Deep Space Industries is seeking an experienced flight software engineer.

Position Duties:

  • Develop flight software for spacecraft avionics and payloads
  • Define spacecraft and ground software architecture
  • Implement software quality assurance plan and configuration management
  • Participate in spacecraft and subsystem level qualification and acceptance testing

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience
  • Experience with real-time operating systems
  • Experience with embedded software design with strong resource constraints
  • Experience developing software for aerospace, automotive or other high reliability industries or products
  • Proficiency with programming languages including assembly, C, C++ and Python
  • Proficiency defining software architecture
  • Familiarity with software quality assurance practices
  • Familiarity with software configuration management practices
  • Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

The ideal candidate will have particular experience:

  • Experience with GUI design
  • Experience with hardware-in-the-loop tests
  • Experience with integrating, testing and debugging electronics
  • Familiarity with Deep Space Network (DSN)

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Software Engineer (Ground Software)
Deep Space Industries is seeking an experienced ground software engineer.

Position Duties:

  • Develop command/telemetry and mission planning software for spacecraft operations
  • Interact with DSN personnel to establish interfaces and operations plans
  • Define spacecraft and ground software architecture
  • Participate in spacecraft and subsystem level qualification and acceptance testing

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience
  • Experience developing software applications for mission planning, remote command and telemetry, data archiving, and data analytics
  • Experience developing software for aerospace, automotive or other high reliability industries or products
  • Proficiency with programming languages including assembly, C, C++ and Python
  • Familiarity with software quality assurance practices
  • Familiarity with software configuration management practices
  • Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

The ideal candidate will have particular experience:

  • Experience with spacecraft ground software architecture and development
  • Experience with effective GUI design
  • Experience with hardware-in-the-loop tests
  • Experience with integrating, testing and debugging electronics
  • Familiarity with Deep Space Network (DSN)

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

ACS Engineer
Deep Space Industries is seeking an experienced ACS engineer.

Position Duties:

  • Design, integrate and test a high fidelity ACS subsystem on a deep space platform
  • Develop and test ACS algorithms and integrate with flight software
  • Analyze platform stability and pointing performance with simulations and budgets
  • Procure and test ACS hardware including actuators and sensors

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience
  • Strong understanding of spacecraft dynamics, orbital mechanics and control systems
  • Experience with three-axis spacecraft ACS design, simulation and test
  • Experience with implementation of ACS algorithms in flight software
  • Experience working with flexible appendages
  • Familiarity with attitude pointing and stability budgets
  • Proficiency with programming languages including C and Python
  • Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

The ideal candidate will have particular experience:

  • Experience with the procurement, testing and calibrating ACS hardware (actuators and sensors)
  • Experience with on-orbit commissioning of spacecraft ACS
  • Experience with integrating, testing and debugging electronics

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

GNC Engineer
Deep Space Industries is seeking an experienced GNC engineer.

Position Duties:

  • Trajectory planning for deep space missions
  • Mission target assessment
  • Design maneuvers for orbit raising, injection, capture, docking and landing
  • Develop and test GNC algorithms and integrate with flight software
  • Procure and test GNC hardware

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience
  • Strong understanding of spacecraft dynamics, orbital mechanics and control systems
  • Experience with trajectory planning and simulations for deep-space missions
  • Experience with maneuver planning and simulations including orbit raising, injection, capture, docking and landing
  • Familiarity with landing on small bodies including landing site selection, precision landing, fault management and obstacle avoidance
  • Experience with implementation of GNC algorithms in flight software
  • Proficiency with programming languages including C and Python
  • Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

The ideal candidate will have particular experience:

  • Experience with the procurement and testing of GNC hardware
  • Experience with on-orbit maneuver and trajectory verification
  • Familiarity with Attitude Control System design and analysis

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Technician
Deep Space Industries is seeking an experienced technician.

Position Duties:

  • Assemble and test flight avionics, propulsion systems and mechanisms
  • Visual inspection of assemblies and components
  • Clean flight hardware and components
  • Interface with suppliers and procure components
  • Participate in spacecraft and subsystem level qualification and acceptance testing
  • Maintain laboratory equipment

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience
  • Experience soldering electronic assemblies
  • Experience assembling and testing wiring harnesses
  • Experience with visual inspection of mechanical and electronic assemblies using a microscope
  • Experience testing electronic and mechanical assemblies
  • Familiarity with ESD mitigation practices
  • Ability to interface directly with suppliers and customers
  • Experience with precision integration of small delicate assemblies
  • Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

The ideal candidate will have particular experience:

  • J-STD Space Addendum certification
  • Experience working with machine shop tools such as drill press, lathe, and milling machine
  • Experience working in a cleanroom environment

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

European Office

Luxembourg City, EU

Director of Engineering, Europe
DSI is seeking a senior engineer with broad management and systems engineering experience to head its Luxembourg engineering team. This position will report directly to the DSI chief engineer. The first  project is integration, test, launch, and operations of DSI’s first technology demonstration mission, Prospector-X. Duties will include development of facilities; hiring of engineering staff; working with the Chief Engineer to define engineering product and quality assurance approaches; and leading the development of the Prospector program in Luxembourg. Role also requires assisting the Chief Engineer and VP Business Development with securing new commercial opportunities, including shaping overall technology development strategy. Successful candidates will have a minimum of 10 years experience leading small teams in the end-to-end execution of cost- and schedule-constrained small satellite programs, will have exceptional references, and a demonstrated track record of success in different environments and processes. Location: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.
Director of Business Development, Europe
DSI is seeking a senior director of business development to cultivate new opportunities in Europe and grow DSI’s European office. This position will report directly to the executive, with the priority to acquire customers for DSI missions and technologies in furtherance of its strategic goals, identify new sales leads, pitching products and services at conferences, and maintaining strong relationships with existing customers. Travel up to 50% of the time. Strong technical background essential. Successful candidates will have 5+ years of experience in business development and/or customer-facing engineering work in the satellite industry with a demonstrated track record of success. Location: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.

Internships:
Deep Space Industries does not currently have an internship program. If you are a college or graduate school student, please sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on our forthcoming internship program.

Equal Opportunity:
Deep Space Industries provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Export Control:
For jobs in the United States only (does not apply to jobs in Europe):  to conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Submission Instructions: 

  • All submissions should be emailed to Careers@DeepSpaceIndustries.com.
  • You may include only ONE (1) attachment; your resume only.
  • Your attached resume should be in PDF format and should include all pertinent contact information.
  • Please indicate, within the text of your email, which position and location you are applying for.
  • Within the text of your email, answer the following 3 questions.
    1.  Are you the best in the world at what you do? Explain.
    2.  How can you help DSI meet its business goals?
    3.  What gets you out of bed in the morning?

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