Career outlook for flight director
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
A lot of people need to work together to make space missions successful, including:
- ground controllers
Much of the action happens in a busy mission control centre, but people can work from all over the world to provide support. Picture yourself as the person everyone looks to for direction and to make the big decisions.
You'd help everyone work towards the goals of the mission and look after the safety of astronauts in space. You might support the International Space Station orbiting Earth or work on new missions. Imagine leading a mission to Mars or the moon!
Your tasks might include:
- leading a large team of people in a control centre
- coordinating support personnel working in other areas
- communicating with controllers to check on different systems, for example flight dynamics or communications
- looking out for astronaut safety and welfare
- making decisions critical to the success and safety of the mission
- running simulations to train people and prepare for missions
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