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Space Operations Officers

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Service Branches

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Work Environment

Space operations officers work in offices. Astronauts are required at times to work in a zero gravity environment in training as well as in space flight.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $23,536 - $294,189


Space operations officers manage space flight planning, training, mission control, and other activities involved in launching and recovering spacecraft. They provide consultation and oversight of space systems functions related to operations, development and acquisition, and policy planning. They perform space operations activities including orbital analysis, surveillance, and space warning. They conduct satellite position predictions and perform spacelift operations, including flight control and launch-processing activities.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for space operations officers primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities military structure and etiquette traditions and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Evaluation of space transport systems
  • Development of space mission plans
  • Methods for conducting space flight training programs
  • Development of space flight simulation exercises

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to work well as part of a team
  • Decisiveness
  • Interest in scientific research
  • Interest in space travel

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