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Moonware

Moonware

Software Engineering
Posted on Friday, November 10, 2023

About Us

Moonware is a venture-backed startup enabling next generation air travel with automated and sustainable airfields. We’re building an integrated ecosystem of AI software and smart vehicles that efficiently connect ground crew, aircraft, and ground support equipment to efficiently service flights. 

Our long-term vision is to handle aircraft autonomously from touchdown to takeoff, providing seamless aircraft turnarounds for a streamlined airport experience.

Moonware was founded with the belief that multimodal air transportation will become the prime mover of people and goods during the 21st century. From eVTOLs that will ferry passengers between cities and suburban areas, to supersonic aircraft shaving travel time between continents, we are ushering in a new air and space age that will further globalize humanity.

Airports and the hubs uniting these modes of transport will need to evolve to meet this new modern demand for air travel. In spite of the current advancements in aircraft technology, the infrastructure and ground processes that will enable these new aerial ecosystems to happen are largely outdated.

We are builders hailing from Tesla, Waymo, NASA, Google, Uber and Corvette, leveraging years of product development experience in aerospace, automotive, and robotics to revolutionize the airfields of tomorrow.

Software Team

Moonware’s software team is building HALO, the OS for aviation ground handling operations.

HALO is an AI-powered Ground Traffic Control platform designed to streamline aircraft turnaround management, seamlessly coordinating ramp crew and ground support equipment (GSE) to service flights on time. HALO’s core optimizer fuses flight information, GSE locations and crew tasks to create optimal service missions. Position trackers, instrumented on GSE, provide vehicle location information that is used to define app-specific features. 

Crew & GSE are scheduled & dispatched through the mobile app to service aircraft according to real-time flight schedule changes, with a smart routing feature that navigates ground crew drivers to their destination on the airfield, saving time. 

Real-time task allocation and dynamic vehicle routing are examples of features that take place in the cloud, effectively replacing the current use of radio and paper. These time-sensitive operations are migrated over to digital infrastructures that can process the large datasets necessary for task & equipment allocation along with their inherent complexities.

This approach enables us to collect large amounts of data that is virtually absent on ground vehicle whereabouts and movements, interactions between ground handling agents, and service time punctuality. Furthermore, by collecting ground data from different airport hubs, we can build robust machine learning models that take into account airfield traffic patterns and airport-specific constraints. We can then use this data to inform where the greatest bottlenecks in ground operations are occurring and how these processes can be augmented by ‘last-mile’ ramp services with autonomous GSE. This is what we call laying the bridge to airfield autonomy.

About the Role

We are seeking a seasoned Senior Backend Engineer to join our team and drive the development of our innovative technology. As a Senior Backend Engineer, you’ll play a pivotal role in designing, developing, and maintaining the backend systems that power our ecosystem. Collaborating closely with cross-functional teams, you will contribute to the creation of solutions that reshape the aviation industry.

Responsibilities:

  • Design, develop, and maintain scalable and reliable backend services and APIs that support our HALO platform.
  • Collaborate with frontend engineers, data engineers, and software architects to ensure seamless integration of backend functionality.
  • Optimize backend systems for performance, scalability, and security.
  • Implement and maintain data storage solutions, ensuring data integrity and availability.
  • Participate in code reviews, provide constructive feedback, and contribute to the continuous improvement of development processes.
  • Work closely with product managers to understand user needs and translate them into technical requirements.
  • Stay current with emerging technologies and best practices in backend development.

Requirements:

  • 3+ years of experience in backend or server-side software development.
  • Strong proficiency in one or more backend programming languages (e.g., Python, Java, Node.js).
  • Experience with building and maintaining RESTful APIs and microservices.
  • Familiarity with relational and non-relational databases.
  • Strong understanding of software architecture and design patterns.
  • Knowledge of version control systems (e.g., Git) and agile development methodologies.
  • Solid problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.

This Role Might Be For You If:

  • You are passionate about driving innovation through backend engineering in a dynamic environment.
  • Problem-solving and collaboration are at the core of your work ethic.
  • You thrive in a fast-paced startup environment where your contributions have a significant impact.
  • You’re excited about shaping the future of aviation technology through cutting-edge solutions.
  • You enjoy staying updated on the latest trends and best practices in backend development.
  • You are willing to relocate to Los Angeles

Nice to Haves:

  • Experience in the aerospace, aviation, or transportation industry.
  • Knowledge of IoT and data integration in backend development.
  • Familiarity with cloud services (e.g., AWS, Azure, GCP).
  • Previous startup experience.