What is the most exciting/ challenging part of the role?
Growing up I always had a fascination for space, it was one of the reasons I studied aerospace technology at university. Being able to work every day with colleagues who are some of the most knowledgeable people in the world about space topics is very rewarding, I am able to learn so much so quickly. It’s very exciting to know that the equipment I am responsible for is going to be spending the next 10-15 years orbiting our planet. Working in this role can be challenging as the expectations are high, we only have one attempt to get everything working perfectly. We can’t make changes once the satellite is in space and we have to make our customer happy!
Any advice to new entrants into the sector?
Time, cost and quality are the benchmarks for all projects, especially satellites that are so costly and risky. You can’t be expected to know everything when you’re just starting your career, so having a positive attitude and be willing to learn is so important. This industry is highly competitive, so stay determined and show your enthusiasm and passion whenever given the chance. The future looks great for Space in the UK so there will be plenty of opportunities so keep working hard!