Engineering a High-Altitude Platform for Natural Disaster Mitigation

This project aims to support in the design of stratospheric Earth-observation balloons.

Project Overview

Project Description

Good Machine’s stratospheric Earth-observation balloons will reduce the amount of time it takes to detect and respond to wildfires by providing near-real-time mapping imagery and location tagging of fire hotspots in a region. The technology developed by Good Machine reduces wildfire destruction to people and property by enabling more informed, timely decision-making on the ground. Currently, the process of re-engineering the gimbal for sensor payloads is under development, and this project is aimed to support Good Machine’s internal engineering team in the design and testing of the technology.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Work with the senior engineer and flight teams to understand the gimbal needs and re-design the gimbal for the upcoming current sensor payload.
  • Support testing the payload prior to its use in a high-altitude environment.


The long-term environmental impact is lowering carbon emissions caused by wildfires, and the intended social impact is to prevent unnecessary deaths or economic impacts caused by catastrophic wildfires.

Eligibility Criteria

Skills / Experience:

  • Required:
    • Control Systems + Systems Design / Analysis
    • Electronics Design, Prototyping, and Testing
    • Prototyping / Fast Prototyping
  • Desired:
    • Manufacturing/Design for Manufacturing
    • Mechanical engineers with skills in soldering/electronics (full EE degree not needed).

Software needs:

  • Desired: AutoCAD [Intermediate], Vault [Basic], ReCap Pro [Basic]


  • Mechanical, electrical or software engineering

Preferred fellow location (all projects can be completed remotely):

  • Any, but San Francisco-based preferred

Time zone compatibility (when the Fellow should be available for meetings):

  • PDT (UTC-7)

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