What Skills Do You Need To Work At Elon Musk’s SpaceX?

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Heyya there! SpaceX has been generating quite a buzz, and you would have surely heard of this company. But have you ever thought of the skills you need to land a job at this famous space exploration company? Do you believe you’ve got that expertise? Let’s find out now!

What is SpaceX?

So for those of you who don’t know what SpaceX is, let me give you a very brief introduction. SpaceX was founded in the year 2002 by Elon Musk to reduce space transportation costs and colonize Mars. SpaceX grabbed heaps of attention in 2018 when they launched Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket launched since the rocket that took the man to the moon. SpaceX made headlines in 2020, when SpaceX’s Dragon Craft, the first commercial spaceship, sent two astronauts to ISS and successfully recovered the spacecraft after a trip from orbit. 

These are the skills you need!

The majority of the engineers in SpaceX come from diverse schools and colleges, and having an M.S isn’t a necessity. There are even some self-taught engineers there, and all that the company looks for is skill and talent. Now that you know a bit about the company, here’s a list of technical skills you need to land a job at SpaceX. 

C/ C++

Obviously, there will be C++ involved (it’s rocket science!). In SpaceX, both C and C++ are used for flight software. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket used dual-core x86 processors, and the flight software that runs on each of these processors is written in either C or C++. C++ is one of the most powerful, fastest, and heavily used programming languages. All the calculations in the spacecraft are very time-sensitive, and hence why these languages are preferred. One of the greatest strengths of this language is scalability. With a proven successful history in Game Development, C++ can be used when you want to build a resource-intensive application. Initially, you can start by learning C. This language would help you understand all about memory management. After you have mastered C, you can jump onboard to C++.

Python 

Python is one of the most famous languages nowadays due to its beginner-friendly nature and inbuilt libraries. SpaceX uses this language (along with many others) to script, build and finally launch the spacecraft into space. For their internal tools, they use everything from the basics such as NumPy, matplotlib commands to Django, a Python-based framework. 

Linux

Linux is the Operating System used in SpaceX, and having the upper hand in this would prove extremely useful. Linux runs on almost all the desktops and powers all the vehicles, and these systems act as remote terminals to control various multiplexers and demultiplexers. Last year, SpaceX successfully delivered NASA astronauts using Falcon, and Linux completely powers this reusable spacecraft. Having knowledge about how to utilize and customize Linux can come in very handy. Linux is very scalable, and  So if you aspire to work for SpaceX, you should make a point to learn and understand this super OS.

LabVIEW

Other than Linux, SpaceX also makes use of the Labview tool. LabVIEW is a graphical programming tool used by ground engineers to control, command, and monitor all the launch vehicles. The ground software team develops the GUIs that engineers and operators use to monitor the telemetry from vehicles (Dragon and Falcon) and evaluate the spacecraft. 

Well, that doesn’t look too difficult, right? These are some of the skills that will help you land a job in SpaceX. You need to aim for the stars (literally xP) and start working on your skills. And if you are a newbie, then fret not; we have got you covered.

Well, that’s all for the time being amigos. See you soon!

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