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Space Operations Officers

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Service Branches

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

    Enlisted

  • Average Military Salary

    $107,936

Overview

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. Learn more about becoming an officer, here.

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.

Helpful Attributes

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

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