[P153] Ground Software Engineer

Parque Industrial de Elche (Poligono Industrial), Spain


As a Ground Software Engineer at PLD Space, your mission is to develop and maintain robust and efficient software systems that support ground operations for our aerospace missions. You will play a key role in designing, implementing, and testing software solutions, enabling effective communication, monitoring, and control of our MIURA vehicles and ground infrastructure.


  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including systems engineers, mission control, and flight operations, to gather requirements and contribute to the design of ground software systems. 
  • Develop, implement, and maintain software applications for ground operations, including telemetry processing, data analysis, command and control interfaces, and monitoring tools. 
  • Participate in the testing and validation of ground software systems to ensure their functionality, reliability, and compliance with mission requirements. 
  • Troubleshoot and debug software issues, working closely with the development team and stakeholders to identify and implement effective solutions. 
  • Integrate ground software systems with other components of the aerospace system, such as onboard software and ground control systems. 
  • Collaborate with software architects to ensure adherence to software design principles and best practices throughout the development process. 
  • Stay updated on the latest advancements in software technologies and industry standards, applying them to enhance the performance and capabilities of ground software systems. 
  • Document software designs, specifications, and procedures, as well as maintain comprehensive documentation for knowledge sharing and future reference. 
  • Adhere to software development methodologies, quality standards, and safety protocols to ensure the reliability and security of ground software systems. 
  • Generate documentation, including user guides, guidelines and user manuals for internal customers use. 
  • Generate documentation for formal program development reviews.

Required Knowledge

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. 
  • > 3 years of relevant technical experience. 
  • Proficiency in programming languages commonly used in software development, such as C++ and LabVIEW etc. Other software such as Python and Java might be applicable. 
  • Strong understanding of software design principles, data structures, algorithms, and object-oriented programming concepts. 
  • Familiarity with software development methodologies, such as Agile or Scrum. 
  • Knowledge of networking protocols, databases, and web technologies utilized in ground software development. 
  • Understanding of software testing and debugging techniques. 
  • Knowledge in industrial communication buses, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), human-machine interfaces (HMIs), sensors, actuators, and other devices. 

Required competences

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to effectively troubleshoot and resolve software issues. 
  • Excellent programming and software development skills to create reliable and efficient ground software systems. 
  • Effective communication and collaboration abilities to work within a team and interact with stakeholders. 
  • Attention to detail and a focus on quality to ensure the functionality and compliance of ground software systems. 
  • Adaptability and eagerness to learn new technologies and frameworks as required. 
  • Time management and organizational skills to handle multiple tasks and meet project deadlines. 

Desired competences

  • Experience in ground software development for the aerospace industry. 
  • Familiarity with real-time systems and embedded software development. 
  • Experience with mission control systems, satellite operations, or flight operations software. 
  • Experience with test bench development or operation in the aerospace industry. 
  • Knowledge of data acquisition and analysis techniques. 
  • Familiarity with industry standards and regulations related to aerospace testing and validation. 
  • Understanding of cybersecurity best practices for secure software development. 
  • English and/or French B2-C1.


  • Location: Elche 
  • Full time position  
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel domestically and internationally as required. 

Equal Employment Opportunity

Payload Aerospace SL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability.

We are compromised in maintaining a diverse and free from discrimination working environment where everyone is treated with respect. Employment is based on an individual’s merit and qualifications, directly related to job competence.

These principles are included in all aspects of employment: recruiting, hiring, training, compensation and benefits, and promotion.