September 15, 2013

The ARKYD Community and Open Sourced Asteroid Mining – We’re Hiring for Both!

ARKYD Community

The polling numbers from our ARKYD Kickstarter are truly uplifting!  Let me share a few that represent the extraordinary community we have created together and what it means as we expand our team to develop ARKYD:

Arkyd Community by the numbers

Arkyd Community by the numbers

As the numbers show, the Planetary Resources community is growing fast and growing globally.  You are a diverse group of individuals who share a common passion for disrupting the very meaning of space exploration, and we want each of you to be actively involved in taking these historic next steps with us.  Not just as observers reading about events as they come to pass, but as active participants in engaged in making space more accessible, starting with Asteroid Zoo and our STEM education activities this year, and reaching out onwards into deep space and the asteroids.

We’re looking for a Community Foreman

So we’re on the lookout for a new asteroid miner to join our Seattle-based team.  If the idea of working with tens of thousands of avid supporters, customers, and partners in commercial space excites you, let us know. Nothing is more important than a shared zeal for our mission and an unflagging energy that motivates both our community and our team to strive to achieve our audacious mission.

Open Source Asteroid Mining – Meet us at LinuxCon and join our software engineering team

We continue to hire the very best to join our growing technical team, and will be at LinuxCon Tuesday afternoon, September 17th, to do just that.  We believe in creating highly reliable deep-space systems from affordable, commercial components that allow rapid evolution alongside the commercial market.

In order to make this a reality, we are adopting philosophies common to modern data centers and leveraging cloud computing technologies.  We are using embedded and desktop Linux, virtualization, software redundancy, and web technologies to build spacecraft in new ways.  There are big challenges to using open source and commodity hardware in the space environment, and we need your help to do so.  If the thought of solving these challenges has you fired up, please find us at LinuxCon and reach out.

And for the students out there, we’ll be opening up our Spring-Summer 2014 Co-Op application in about one week, so stay tuned!

You can apply for all positions on our careers page:

Before applying to any position, be sure to read my February blog post on “How to be an Asteroid Miner”:

Do you have an open-source project, or a vibrant online community that inspires and engages you?  Tell us about it in the comments below, we’d love to hear about it!

-Chris Lewicki @interplanetary
President & Chief Engineer, Planetary Resources, Inc.