Software Engineer, Moon Rover Planning and Scheduling (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.  

NASA is returning to the Moon. The VIPER lunar rover mission ( will land a rover at the South Pole of the Moon to map the distribution of water ice in preparation for the first woman and the next man to land on the Moon as part of the Artemis program. VIPER is a challenging mission. Where the rover will land, the terrain is very hilly with craters of all sizes and in all directions. The sun will be just above the horizon, and the hilly terrain will cast long shadows that move slowly as the sun circles the horizon once per month. The rover requires sunlight for power and mission planners on the ground will need to account for the moving shadows as we design the path the rover will take. The Earth will also be near the horizon, and as we plan this path, we must also ensure the radio link for commands and data won't be blocked.


We seek an experienced software developer to join our team to build and integrate the planning and scheduling portion of the rover's ground software. This software will be used before and during the mission to design the rover’s traversal path and to schedule science and engineering activities along the way. You will be working with a multidisciplinary team of software developers, user interface designers and spacecraft design and operations teams. If you love space, that's even better. This role is based at Ames Research Center, but may require occasional travel to support users at other NASA centers around the United States.

Join our team and you’ll be rewarded with competitive compensation, benefits, and possession of your own unique place in history.


  • Work within a NASA team to design and build ground software for the VIPER rover

  • Design, develop, and support portions of the planning and scheduling subsystem

  • Set software goals and track progress

  • Evaluate and mitigate development risks

  • Provide on-going status to the team, management, and stakeholders

Required skills and traits*

  • 6+ years experience developing .NET desktop applications

  • Demonstrated software skills developing shippable/consumer oriented vs prototyped / research oriented software. Should be able to show prior work or side projects

  • Proven experience designing and developing testable software, unit and integration test harnesses, and test strategies

  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) end-user systems or components (ArcMap, QGIS, OpenLayers, CesiumJS)

  • Experience with 3D rendering using OpenGL or DirectX

Other Desired Skills:

  • Experience in spacecraft mission operations, and the processes and software.



                                                                         * U.S. Citizenship required

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