About the project
Guided by educational research, we support young people to be a space person.
While many young people find space an interesting topic, they don’t necessarily see it as relevant to their own life or providing realistic and accessible career opportunities for people like themselves.
The Imperial College London I’m a Space Person project highlights a diverse range of careers across the space sector, making these relatable through the personal qualities involved in these roles. This approach was inspired by our partners NUSTEM.
One of the main questions in space exploration is whether there is life in space. Astrobiologists try to determine what is required for life, where these conditions may be found in space and what the signs of life we could detect may be.Learn more
Business development build a relationship with other organisations such as the government or space agencies. They make sure the company receives grants and investments so that they can develop new technology and prepare for more missions.Learn more
Cost estimators think about all the costs involved in a project before it starts. This is especially useful if the company is looking for a contract, for example from the government, and needs to prove that their costs have been considered in an initial project proposal so that they know it is possible.Learn more
Data scientists take data and put it into a useful format for others in the company. This might involve adding layers to maps to give a view of changes over an area or looking at space imagery and combining it with other relevant data.Learn more
Finance teams are responsible for paying invoices, ordering in materials and parts and making deals with suppliers. They must keep track of the company’s incoming and outgoing money to make sure they are not making a loss and that the current financial situation is sustainable.Learn more
Human resources are responsible for people, contracts, making sure employees are happy and dealing with any issues they bring up. This helps to keep a good working environment and to make sure that the company’s work output is the best it can be.Learn more
Innovation managers oversee the company strategy for creating new product ideas and see where they would fit into the market. They write proposals to win contracts to develop ideas further and communicate with teams to see if the ideas are possible.Learn more
Law & policy
Policy makers create laws to govern how space is used to keep it safe and sustainable. They give advice and guidance to the government and public companies. International relations are important for this so that countries can collaborate on missions.Learn more
Product assurance make sure that products are “up to scratch” through the production process and before they are given to the customer. As well as checking that the product works, they make sure that it performs as well as possible and is reliable so will not suddenly stop working mid-mission.Learn more
Risk management considers all risks involved in the production process or mission and works with teams to minimise any impacts of these risks. They must plan, design, and implement a process to manage risks such as going over budget.Learn more
Satellite sales represent and promote a company to other organisations and potential customers. They create and present sales pitches which are specific to what a customer wants and explain why they should ask them to provide a satellite over any other company.Learn more
Science communicators aim to increase access and public awareness of the space sector. This can include outreach events such as exhibitions, or media such as videos and informative booklets. Many science communicators work on this alongside a job in research or similar.Learn more
Law & policy
Space lawyers work with clients, the courts, and other legal professionals. They may help to write new laws, argue specific cases in a court or look at how existing laws impact space missions. Clients may ask for advice and guidance on specific topics, legal support in a case or for help with contracts.Learn more
Space nutritionists plan the food that will be sent on missions with astronauts. This involves making sure they get enough of each food group but also giving them a choice of food. This is now far from the days of pureed food in a tube – astronauts are sent all sorts of meals and snacks.Learn more
Structural and mechanical engineers design the structure of spacecraft and components for them. They must use CAD design and model analysis to make sure that the spacecraft launches successfully and does its job safely.Learn more
Supply chain works out materials required for projects and makes sure that they arrive in the right places at the right times. This involves making sure the right amount arrives, the final product ends up being delivered to the right place at the right time and that the product is stored safely.Learn more
Technical recruiters make sure that people with the correct talents for the company are recruited. They keep in mind ongoing projects and how the business is being presented. This involves organising specific recruitment programmes.Learn more