Internship: Flight software development on satellite onboard computer (F/M)

Massy, France/Remote
Added: April 25, 2024
Duration of the internship/availability : 6 months (ideally from April 2024)

Location: Massy (91), France.

Job Description 👨‍💻

Exotrail is continuing its journey by expanding its in-orbit services with offers such as rendezvous operations, refueling, in-space transportation, end-of-life management. In this context, we are already preparing the next generation of our spacevan™ vehicle.

To support this growth, we are looking for a motivated and talented individual to join our Flight Software Department as a Trainee in our headquarters in Massy. This internship offers a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in embedded software development, working alongside experienced engineers on a real project.

Key responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Flight Software Team.
  • Decide on a shortlist of candidate application frameworks (NASA cFS, NASA F Prime, others).
  • Analyze and benchmark the selected frameworks and decide on the most adequate framework.
  • Port the framework of choice on one of our onboard computers.
  • Integrate some Exotrail flight software components in the framework of choice.
  • Demonstrate the concept to our team of engineers.


You will be joining a dynamic and motivated team based in our headquarters in Massy. Exotrail will offer you:

  • Hands-on experience with cutting-edge embedded technologies.
  • Mentorship and guidance from experienced engineers.
  • Opportunity to work on real-world projects with tangible impact.
  • Competitive internship stipend.

Preferred Experience 💁‍♀️

To complete this internship, Exotrail is looking for an engineer pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Space Engineering.

Interest or previous experience in the following areas are necessary:

  • Strong familiarity with embedded systems concepts and programming languages such as C/C++.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience with embedded software development tools (e.g., compilers, debuggers).
  • Knowledge of communication protocols (e.g., UART, SPI, I2C, CAN).
  • Spacecraft system engineering is a plus.

On a personal level, you can demonstrate:

  • Excellent communication and teamwork abilities.
  • Friendly attitude and team spirit.
  • Willingness to work in a changing and challenging environment.

About Our Recruitment Process 🤝

We are committed to recruiting the right people for the right job regardless of your private background. Interested candidates should submit their resume and a cover letter outlining their interest.

We will meet at least twice to give you a better idea of what it's like to work at Exotrail:

  • Interview with your future mentor: you will learn more about the internship and the required qualifications.
  • Interview with one of our managers: you will learn more about Exotrail’s value and vision.