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Space Operations Specialists

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Service Branches

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Work Environment

Space operations specialists work in space operations centers.

  • Military Status


  • Average Military Salary



Space operations specialists handle space warning and control systems, orbital mechanics, data analysis, and transmission. These specialists operate space systems to perform space control missions.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field and covers tactical and survival skills physical training military life and customs and weapons training. Space operations specialists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training topics relate to spacecraft command and control operations and may include:

  • Operation of electronic transmitting receiving and computing equipment
  • Analysis of data that indicate spacecraft operational status
  • Application of electronic and satellite system principles
  • Alignment of ground and spacecraft communication systems
  • Space command and control system operational procedures

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to work with formulas to solve math problems
  • Interest in operating electronic equipment and systems
  • Interest in space exploration
  • Interest in working as part of a team

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