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Cantos Ventures

Senior Reliability Test Engineer



Quality Assurance
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Astranis is on a mission to bridge the digital divide by connecting the four billion people worldwide who currently lack internet access. We're doing this by building the next generation of smaller, more cost-effective spacecraft to bring the world online.

As a team, we’ve launched two satellites into orbit, signed ten commercial deals worth over $1 billion in revenue, raised over $500 million from top global investors, and recruited a team of over 300 world-class engineers. We all work out of our (legendary) San Francisco office, which was once used to build ships during the World Wars.

Our satellites, which operate from geostationary orbit (GEO), weigh only 400 kg and utilize a proprietary software-defined radio payload. Each satellite can connect over two million people, and we’re very excited for the impact we’ll soon have in the Philippines, Peru, Mexico, and more!

Backed by substantial funding and a passionate, collaborative team, we offer a rewarding work environment where you'll learn and make a significant impact, no matter where you are in your career.

Apply and join us on our journey towards global connectivity!

Senior Reliability Test Engineer

As a Senior Reliability Test Engineer, you will be tasked with the unique challenge of working at the intersection of all engineering disciplines to ensure our hardware meets the highest level of quality and reliability. As Astranis scales up production of its satellites, we need to establish a robust reliability test program to aid in the development of new product designs, monitor manufacturing process health, and screen for long term reliability defects. The ideal candidate has extensive engineering experience working on high-reliability products, is self-driven and autonomous, and has the ability to build a reliability test program from the ground up.


  • Develop and implement reliability test strategies for new products to maximize field life and minimize early life failures
  • Work closely with hardware and software engineering teams to maximize reliability across all disciplines
  • Design and execute novel environmental, RF, mechanical, and electrical testing techniques tailored to the product and its functions
  • Write test programs to exercise the functionality of the product over various conditions and environments
  • Automate reliability test initiatives and reporting using proper data visualization techniques and thorough knowledge of the product and its functions
  • Define the ongoing reliability testing strategy to monitor the manufacturing process health and screen for long-term reliability defects caused by process and component variability
  • Root cause systemic production issues or failures found in test and drive design or process changes to meet long-term reliability goals


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • 5+ years of experience in test, analysis, manufacturing, or hardware development
  • Thorough understanding and experience in environmental testing such as HALT/HASS, thermal, vibration and TVAC
  • Programming experience in Python, C and SQL with an emphasis on data analysis and automation
  • Demonstrated capability to think creatively and solve complex problems with little to no supervision on schedule
  • Thorough understanding of electronics reliability and failure mechanisms
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly cross-functional role


  • Experience with both electronics and mechanical design and analysis including knowledge of RF principles
  • Experience in a fast-paced, iterative design environment within the consumer electronics, medical devices, aerospace, marine, or automotive industries
  • Demonstrated application of design or process validation and control methods such as DFMEA, PFMEA, design of experiments (DOE), and statistical process control (SPC)
  • Thorough understanding of electrical schematics and electronics manufacturing to analyze and improve test coverage
  • Hands-on experience qualifying and maintaining manufacturing processes for electronics and/or mechanical assemblies
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal. Ability to produce executive-level reports and presentations to efficiently convey information about large data sets
What we offer:
All our positions offer a compensation package that includes equity and robust benefits.
Base pay is a single component of Astranis's total rewards package, which may also include equity in the form of incentive stock options, high quality company-subsidized healthcare, disability and life insurance benefits, flexible PTO, 401(K) retirement, and free on-site catered meals.
Astranis pay ranges are informed and defined through professional-grade salary surveys and compensation data sources. The actual base salary offered to a successful candidate will additionally be influenced by a variety of factors including experience, credentials & certifications, educational attainment, skill level requirements, and the level and scope of the position.
Base Salary
$130,000$180,000 USD
U.S. Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residency, or Refugee/Asylee Status Required
(To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States, or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3))
Our mission and our products are meant to connect the world and everyone in it, regardless of gender, race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.