Career outlook for spacecraft communicator
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You'd be a crucial part of a space mission, playing a key role from the ground. Imagine providing a familiar and friendly voice for astronauts out in space. You could be keeping them updated with things happening in mission control or giving life-saving instructions during an emergency.
It's important that only one person relays messages between astronauts and the team working from Earth. If everyone was to try and speak to each other, things could get quite confusing! You'd give messages from the mission control team to the astronauts and pass information the other way too.
Being clear and concise is key. You'd need to choose your words carefully so they're easy to understand and relay messages quickly.
What you might do:
- monitor communication from the mission control team and on board the spacecraft
- make sure communications equipment is working
- communicate decisions made by a flight director to the spacecraft
- be a voice for the astronauts in space, providing their perspective
- look after astronauts' safety, highlighting issues on their behalf
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- Verbal communication
- Working with technology
- Problem solving
- Attention to detail
- Making decisions
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