Near Space Labs is leading the next generation of Earth imaging. We design, build and operate a fleet of proprietary, stratospheric balloons called Swiftys. Our Swiftys fly to the edge of space to deliver high quality, highly updated imagery of our planet at down to earth prices.  

Our innovations don’t stop at image capture. Customers need us to process and serve data in a format that is easily accessible for their data scientists, product managers, geographers, and remote sensing specialists. We make it easy for them to quickly and seamlessly evaluate the dynamics of our planet, climate, and urban environments.

Flight Operations is a fast-paced growing organization responsible for the operation and launch of Swiftys throughout the United States to meet our customer imaging and data needs.

We are seeking a Mission Controller who is a dynamic aviation operations professional. This individual would be capable to work flexible hours, is team oriented, willing to learn, and has a proactive mindset. This primary role involves the planning and management of flight activity in collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders for our flight teams operating throughout the United States.

You will be part of a rapidly growing Mission Control Department, within the Flight Operations Division of Near Space Labs. The successful candidate will not only be involved in the excitement of a successful startup, but will have the opportunity to be involved in how the department grows. This role is remote and will support operations nationwide. As stated previously, the successful candidate will be working closely with Regional Managers and Flight Technicians to successfully execute day-to-day operations. 

Your responsibilities will be:

  • Planning, creating, and executing flight trajectories utilizing internal planning software and external software tools;
  • Evaluate and interpret weather maps for flight campaigns based upon ideal flight weather requirements;
  • Own the success of in-flight Swiftys and ensure safety;
  • Maintain the company's relationship with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) national sections and local towers;
  • Conduct meetings regarding Mission Control operational processes, policies, and procedures with both internal and external stakeholders;
  • Continuously provide feedback on both mission control and flight operational department processes and procedures for continuous improvement;
  • Author and manage data tracking reports to provide feedback to Flight Vehicle Engineering on the performance of in-flight Swiftys;
  • Collaborate with Flight Operations Managers and Flight Technicians during mission planning and execution;
  • Collaborate with Flight Vehicle Engineering to support future technologies as they relate to regulation and airspace;
  • Adjust to changing priorities, multiple demands, and irregular operations including, but not limited to, emergency response planning support;
  • Willingness to travel up to 15% of the time to support operations (travel is more frequent while training for this role)and
  • Work flexible hours to support our flight teams nationwide, including all domestic time zones and weekends.


  • This is a remote position that supports teams across the United States.

Job Requirements

  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19;
  • Active U.S. driver's license; and
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Your Skills

  • 3+ years experience working in an aviation role - ideally: operations control center, pilot, dispatcher, FAA controller, meteorology, or other related fields;
  • 1+ years experience and/or capability to read and interpret weather forecasts via multiple weather forecasting tools;
  • Well versed in airspace regulation and airspace maps;
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, and conflict resolution skills with the ability to handle competing priorities and use of good judgment in stressful situations;
  • Collaborative and a self starter in the contribution to long-term regulation projects;
  • Natural problem solver and vocal on process and operational improvements;
  • Mitigate short and long-term risks while working outside the box in difficult situations;
  • Excellent organizational, communication and project management skills;
  • Ability to learn in a dynamic environment;
  • Bachelors in STEM field or equivalent a plus (not required);
  • Technical understanding of software embedded hardware a plus; and
  • Start-up experience a plus; 


  • 25 Days Paid Time Off;
  • Equity;
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage;
  • Annual team offsites;
  • Opportunities to visit our New York and Barcelona offices; and
  • Learning & development reimbursement.

What we offer:

  • An exciting startup culture where you will have the opportunity to play a critical role in building and scaling a one-of-a-kind technology and organization.
  • You will be part of an enthusiastic, international and motivated team of professionals who are committed to building unique technologies, being rigorous, and finding novel solutions to interesting problems.
  • A diverse and inclusive workplace where we welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. 
  • A commitment that you will never be bored. 

Equal employment opportunity:

Near Space Labs is committed to diversity in our organization and building an equitable and inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and experiences. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, veterans, and people with disabilities.  

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