Open Lunar Foundation

Our Work

We are a global, non-profit aerospace organization that is taking critical steps towards space settlement in a way that is equitable, iterative, and agile. We prioritize science, open data and cross-cultural collaboration to ensure the best possible actions are taken in human space settlement.

The pillars of our work include: Missions, Policy and Precedents, and Open Architecture. We are developing these projects in the spirit of moving quickly, taking acceptable risks, and breaking a trail for others who are also interested in coming along.

Our Values

Our approach is agile, affordable and cutting-edge. We embrace experimentation, transparency, and openness. As a non-profit, we uphold our core values for optimal positive impact.

As a small team, we emphasize the importance of communication and self-management skills, as well as the ability to prioritise, strategise, and collaborate on decision making. Our work is driven by an excitement about our Mission and the change we can affect, but we are also multi-faceted individuals who keep space for our other interests and pursuits. A willingness to fail fast, learn, and iterate is central to the work we do.



 

Open Positions


Electrical Engineering - Avionics Design

To support our efforts to advance human presence in space, our organization has a series of spacecraft and missions planned out for the next few years. We are developing these projects in the spirit of moving quickly, taking acceptable risks, and breaking a trail for others who are also interested in coming along with us.

Electrical Engineers joining our team will tackle a broad array of projects in an agile manner and see them through from ideation to design, bring-up, test, and then be integral members of the mission operations team. Finally, we'll take our learnings and fold them in to the next generation design and mission to iterate and continue to push our capabilities forward.

Aerospace experience is not necessary, but mid- to senior-level capabilities are expected. We're especially interested in hearing from people with robotics, avionics, or advanced consumer electronics design.

The Responsibilities:

  • Design of power and data handling subsystems for a series of small spacecraft.

    • System-level analysis and design, detailed board design, test planning, and bring-up.

  • Derive requirements and test plans at the sub-assembly level and validate reliable operation and proper performance.

  • Implement simulations and test architectures ranging from purely model-based to a hardware-in-the-loop testbed

  • Technical coordination and management of contract manufacturing and test houses.

  • Create, manage, and maintain product documentation and performance budgets (power, mass, module interfaces)

The Must-Haves:

  • 3+ years of design experience in one or more of:

    • Robotics

    • Consumer electronics

    • Spacecraft avionics

    • Space systems

    • Advanced telemetry and controls

  • Practical hardware development, integration, and test experience

  • Ability to work independently and creatively

  • Fundamental programming and data handling skills

  • Motivated to solve complex problems with hard constraints in creative ways

The Nice-to-Haves:

  • Space hardware development and test experience

  • Space mission experience

  • Radiation environment experience

  • Software development skills (especially Python and embedded C)

  • Prior experience in a technical leadership role

Culture Fit:

  • Experience with self-management and small teams: We work closely together across programs and everyone carries a lot of responsibility.

  • Comfort with collaborative decision making: We are a community oriented, with a flat organizational structure. 

  • Good communication practices: Good listening skills allow us to hear others' inputs and integrate them.

  • Excited to work closely as a team: We’re committed to sharing feedback and helping one another grow personally and professionally.

  • Willingness to fail fast, learn, and iterate: This is central to the work that we do.


 

Electrical Engineering - RF/Communications Design Lead

To support our efforts to advance human presence in space, our organization has a series of spacecraft and missions planned out for the next few years. We are developing these projects in the spirit of moving quickly, taking acceptable risks, and breaking a trail for others who are also interested in coming along with us. Core to these missions will be the communications and tracking systems designed for the spacecraft and their complementary ground station equipment.

The RF Engineer joining our team will be responsible for the entirety of communications with, and tracking of, the spacecraft we use to accomplish our missions. They will span levels of abstraction from link budgets to schematic and layout of their RF designs, and of course all the levels in between. As with all engineers on our team, the RF Engineer will be working in an agile manner and seeing their projects through from ideation to design, bring-up, test, and then be an integral member of the mission operations team. They can expect to work closely with the Avionics and Flight Software teams to develop a tightly integrated, well

Specific aerospace experience is not necessary, but both the breadth and depth of engineering work for this role demand at least upper-mid-level capabilities and experience. We're especially interested in hearing about previous experience with tracking and ranging, highly asymmetric links, and/or fault-resilient design work.

The Responsibilities:

  • Ownership of the communications and ranging system including detailed board-level design, analysis, and test

  • Derive relevant requirements and constraints from mission parameters, and execute a validation plan for them.

  • Implement system budgets, simulations and tests architectures spanning link budgeting to hardware-in-the-loop te

  • Write and execute unit and system level test plans

  • Technical coordination and management of contract manufacturing and test houses.

  • Manage/maintain product documentation and performance budgets (power, link margin, interfaces, etc)

The Must-Haves:

  • 5+ years of experience in RF / radio electronics design

  • Ability to work independently and creatively

  • Practical hardware development, integration, and test experience

  • Motivated to solve complex problems with extreme constraints in creative ways

The Nice-to-Haves:

  • Space mission experience

  • Experience with radio-based ranging and tracking

  • Some technical leadership background

Culture Fit:

  • Experience with self-management and small teams: We work closely together across programs and everyone carries a lot of responsibility.

  • Comfort with collaborative decision making: We are a community oriented, with a flat organizational structure. 

  • Good communication practices: Good listening skills allow us to hear others' inputs and integrate them.

  • Excited to work closely as a team: We’re committed to sharing feedback and helping one another grow personally and professionally.

  • Willingness to fail fast, learn, and iterate: This is central to the work that we do.



 

Software - Flight Software

To support our efforts to advance human presence in space, our organization has a series of spacecraft and missions planned out for the next few years. We are developing these projects in the spirit of moving quickly, taking acceptable risks, and breaking a trail for others who are also interested in coming along with us. Flight software engineers will bring the hardware systems together and be essential to orchestrating everything running on our systems.

Software Engineers joining the team will breathe life into our spacecraft, writing custom drivers for the core and payload hardware, keeping everything on track with planning, scheduling, logging, services, and moving from foundations to higher-level capability to support our planned missions. They will work in an iteration-heavy manner, using progress we make to inform the next step in development. We also place value on reliable, dependable, software and will have SWEs testing what they write and creating a HITL system to test our work, prove capabilities, and support debugging efforts. On that matter, these FSW engineers will be heavily involved in live missions ops, planning, debugging, and extending our capabilities as needed.

While aerospace and critical systems experience is not required, this work is being done in an embedded context so we are expecting candidates to have previous experience in embedded and resource-constrained environments. We’re especially interested in hearing from people who’ve worked in robotics, controls systems, or have experience writing reliable low-level services like bootloaders, schedulers, or advanced drivers.

The Responsibilities:

  • Architect supervisor software on-device to enable mission activities

  • Develop dependable services such as the bootloader, error-checking, and fault-recovery for a spacecraft.

  • Collaborate with hardware engineers to develop drivers for components (sensors and actuators) as they are integrated into the spacecraft

  • Architect and develop embedded and support software for mission simulation and hardware-in-the-loop testing

  • Derive requirements for system performance and validation, develop and execute test plans for hardware checkout and software integration

  • Collaborate with the engineering team to support a live mission and debug issues as they come up.

The Must-Haves:

  • 5+ years of experience professionally writing software, in resource-limited embedded systems, in one or more fields similar to:

    • Remotely-managed hardware

    • Space systems

    • Robotics

    • Avionics

  • Strong command of C in embedded contexts

  • Product development and rigorous test experience

  • Ability to work independently and self-manage

The Nice-to-Haves:

  • Space mission experience

  • High-reliability and/or fault-tolerant design experience

  • Experience with the STM32 family of Cortex microcontrollers with and without an RTOS

  • Communications (especially radio) hardware development experience


Culture Fit:

  • Experience with self-management and small teams: We work closely together across programs and everyone carries a lot of responsibility.

  • Comfort with collaborative decision making: We are a community oriented, with a flat organizational structure. 

  • Good communication practices: Good listening skills allow us to hear others' inputs and integrate them.

  • Excited to work closely as a team: We’re committed to sharing feedback and helping one another grow personally and professionally.

  • Willingness to fail fast, learn, and iterate: This is central to the work that we do.


 

Research Fellowship

The Responsibilities:

  • Read and consolidate information on topics of space environments, upcoming mission objectives and previous scientific findings.

  • Write and edit position papers and background notes on key subjects identified by the research manager, in partnership with others.

  • Summarize insights and lessons learned frequently to support ongoing discussions based on research

  • Continuously engage in meetings and online communications alongside others involved in the research process

  • Actively scope questions and formulate the limits of the reading required to ensure pragmatic and effective use of time 

  • Deliver clean, easy to read, plain-language outputs as requested

  • Formulate considered opinions to share with others on the subject matter reviewed which provokes new thinking

  • Occasionally attend conferences where relevant to present or support works showcased

  • Incorporate feedback from a variety of stakeholders

  • Develop annotated bibliographies and reading lists. 

  • Research management and paper organization. 

The Must-Haves:

  • Ability to understand and synthesize scientific concepts 

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Excellent English language

  • Interest in space and society

The Nice-to-Haves:

  • This would be suitable for someone in a graduate study program for: policy, political science, space geology, international relations, space studies, planetary science, economics, sociology etc.

  • Existing knowledge or focus on Earth’s Moon

  • Willingness to engage in and facilitate collaborative writing processes from time to time as necessary

Culture Fit:

  • Experience with self-management and small teams: We work closely together across programs and everyone carries a lot of responsibility.

  • Comfort with collaborative decision making: We are a community oriented, with a flat organizational structure. 

  • Good communication practices: Good listening skills allow us to hear others' inputs and integrate them.

  • Excited to work closely as a team: We’re committed to sharing feedback and helping one another grow personally and professionally.

  • Willingness to fail fast, learn, and iterate: This is central to the work that we do.

More Details:

This role will explore the value of shared knowledge and coordination amongst space-faring organizations, companies and states. As we seek to push the conceptual frontier of new approaches to governance, coordination, sustainability, and social institutions in space, we need to learn from what is already out there. This research will focus on a combination of space science, strategic ecosystem analysis, and coordination and policy frameworks. The work will be conducted in tandem with a small team. This role will complement existing team-mates. We are looking for both full time, 3-6 month fellowships, as well as one-year, part time engagements.



 

Chief Technology Officer

Responsibilities

  • Operations & Organisation: Act as the engineering point of contact for leadership, Collaboratively plan and direct all aspects of engineering activities and projects within the Company.

  • Strategy & Partnerships: Develop and lead a partnership strategy which incorporates our technical, political and fundraising oriented priorities and provides coherence, consistency and collaborative character to our external relations.

  • Process Improvement and Quality Assurance: Develop and implement policies, standards, and procedures, implement a rigorous evaluation approach, utilize best practice engineering methods, arrange training and provide technical leadership to the team.

  • Human Resources & Recruitment: Support staff development, team development & technical recruiting.

  • Financial Management: Lead financial planning for our technical teams, manage budgets and play an active role in organisational financial goal setting.

The Must-Haves:

  • US Person (citizen or permanent resident)

  • 8 years + experience leading complex space missions and organisational support systems

  • Ability to understand and manage compliance requirements

  • Flexibility to adapt to a growing and changing team

The Nice-to-Haves:

  • Previously worked closely with founders in a startup

  • Has been exposed to government relationship building within aerospace industry

Culture Fit:

  • Experience with self-management and small teams: We work closely together across programs and everyone carries a lot of responsibility.

  • Comfort with collaborative decision making: We are a community oriented, with a flat organizational structure. 

  • Good communication practices: Good listening skills allow us to hear others' inputs and integrate them.

  • Excited to work closely as a team: We’re committed to sharing feedback and helping one another grow personally and professionally.

  • Willingness to fail fast, learn, and iterate: This is central to the work that we do.