Lunar Rover Simulation Engineer (ISRDS3)

Location: Moffett Field, CA - Full-time exempt position

Intuitive Machines is an innovative and disruptive company who is leading space technologies, engineering and operations. We proudly put forward an exceptional team that lives at the intersection of rigor and agility.  We are seeking the best, the brightest and the driven to be a part of an incredible and rewarding experience.  


This position is for a full-time robotics simulation engineer in support of NASA AMES Research Center in Silicon Valley in the development of software for the NASA VIPER Lunar Rover:


The VIPER project is creating a high fidelity Lunar simulation to support development of the flight software and mission operations training. This Gazebo/ROS2 based simulation environment interfaces with virtually every aspect of the mission, and we need people with a broad range of technical expertise to help pull it all together. If you are a software developer with a simulation, robotics, or graphics background, join us in this groundbreaking endeavor. You can learn more about our simulator in this paper:

We are designing a Lunar prospecting mission to search for water ice in a polar region of the Moon.

Join the team planning the first robotic polar Lunar surface exploration!


Required skills and traits*

  • Strong background in physical simulation, visual simulation, and/or sensor simulation

  • Strong background in developing high-performance software, particularly with C++11, Python 3, and GNU tools under Linux

  • Ability to simulate a complex robotics system in Gazebo, including sensors and interaction with the environment


Other Desired Skills:

  • Gazebo plugin development

    • ROS2 (Robot Operating System)

  • Physics engines (ODE, Bullet, DART)

  • 3D Graphics (OpenGL, GLSL, OGRE, appearance modeling)

  • Terrain modeling, GIS, OSGeo tools (GDAL, proj4)

  • 3D Modeling, CAD

Required Education/Experience*

Applicants should have a B.S. (or higher) in Computer Science or Robotics and at least 2 years of experience.






                                                                         * U.S. Citizenship required

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