Amazon Also Working On “Big, Audacious Space Project” in Denver

Two days ago, we reported that Amazon is developing new space and satellite services, as evidenced by two recent job listings for positions in Amazon’s Herndon, Virginia offices that have since been taken down.

Today, we are seeing another job posting for a similar position, titled Space and Satellite System Software Development Engineer, this time in Amazon’s Denver offices.

Like the Herndon positions, the Denver position states it is looking for software engineers for “a big, audacious space project!” — and that the team is building “a new AWS service that will have a historic impact.” The listing goes on:

“We are seeking a Software Development Engineer to build and maintain highly available, massively scalable, real time satellite data processing systems! This team will have the opportunity to work on highly visible projects that directly impact both Amazon teams and Amazon customers around the world as we build space processing services and features used by thousands of commercial and government customers each week.”

AWS is hiring for many technical positions with security clearances in Denver, and is also looking to hire veterans with active security clearances from area US Air Force bases. For example, next Thursday, Amazon is hosting a Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.

The host unit at Buckley is the 460th Space Wing, which is assigned to the Air Force Space Command. The 460th Space Wing provides global surveillance, missile warning, missile defense, intelligence, satellite command and control, satellite communications, and other capabilities.

NORAD is also headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, home of the 21st Space Wing, just east of Colorado Springs and about 70 miles south of Denver. The 21st Space Wing operates a “complex system of U.S. and foreign-based radars that detect and track ballistic missile launches, launches of new space systems, and provide data on foreign ballistic missile events.” The nearby Cheyenne Mountain Complex is NORAD’s Alternate Command Center.

Additional potential space and satellite customers for AWS solutions in the Denver area include United Launch Alliance, which launches Atlas and Delta rockets and is headquartered in Centennial, and Lockheed Martin, which is building its Orion deep space exploration vehicle (amongst other projects) in Denver. In addition, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Raytheon, Harris, Ball, Sierra Nevada, and over 100 other aerospace contractors with a direct employment of over 21,000 (per the Metro Denver EDC) are located in the area.

Just three weeks ago, the Colorado Air and Space Port was granted its site operator license from the FAA. The site is located at the former Front Range Airport, a short distance from Denver International Airport and about 30 minutes from downtown. Per the Colorado Space Coalition:

“Colorado Air and Space Port will accommodate vehicles making horizontal takeoffs and landings. The vehicles will take off like traditional airplanes using jet fuel and fly to a special-use airspace where rocket boosters launch the craft into suborbital flight. To land, the craft drops out of suborbital flight and lands like a traditional airplane.”

The Colorado Space Coalition adds that the licensing process is “layered” and that, “A space company will have to apply to be licensed as an operator at the spaceport, and the vehicle that company employs for suborbital flight will also be approved and licensed.” No word yet on when exactly operations might begin.

(On a related note, Boom Supersonic, which is attempting to resuscitate mainstream supersonic passenger flight since British Airways and Air France halted Concorde operations in 2003, is also headquartered in Denver.)

We’ll continue tracking Amazon’s space efforts, so stay tuned to TJI. The full job listing posted by Amazon can be read below:

Above image credit: NASA

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