Waking up to the Space Sector

The Rosetta’s lSignal_received_from_Rosetta_(12055070794)ander Philae ‘waking up’ recently put the work of the European Space Agency (ESA) all over the news.  Add to that the recent boost for the UK’s £11.3 billion space industry as 2 new space facilities are opened at the UK Space Gateway in Oxfordshire means that space business is booming.

As we wait for further communications from Philae, would you consider the space sector as a potential career destination? For a small country, we punch above our weight when it comes to the space sector with Britain being one of the largest contributors to the European Space Agency (ESA). Particular strengths and expertise in the UK include: navigation, observation imagery, robotics, satellite manufacture/operation/software, space data collection, space security, space research, telecommunications and weather forecasting. The space industry is made up of a mixture of large multinational organisations and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), with the SMEs often leading innovation and driving space technology.

Internationally the opportunities are even greater, within civil agencies, manufacturers, operators, ground systems, launch systems, business and consulting services.

To find out more about who they are and what they do, a good place to start your space careers research is the online resource Where do I start: the Space Sector  which introduces key areas and links to potential employers  large and small, UK and internationally.

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Susan Bird, Careers Consultant, School of Physics