Interviews

Hear first hand what a space job is like from real space professionals all over the sector.

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Abbie Hutty

Spacecraft Structures Engineer on the ExoMars Rover Vehicle Team at Airbus Defence and Space

Akinwale Abraham Tobiloba

National Point of Contact Nigeria for the Space Generation Advisory Council

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Alice Bunn

Assistant Director, Earth Observation, at the UK Space Agency

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Amanda Price

Business Development Director for Space & Security at Serco Defence

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Amy Anderson

Electronics Engineer at Clyde Space

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Andrew Bacon

Space systems engineer at Thales Alenia Space UK (TAS-UK).

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Anna Fogtman

Research Fellow at the Space Medicine Team, European Space Agency.

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Anu Ohja

Executive Director of the National Space Centre, in charge of the National Space Academy programme

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Bena Mero

Spacecraft Systems Engineer at Clyde Space

Bonnie Posselt

Sqn Ldr Bonnie Posselt is a RAF doctor specialising in Aviation and Space Medicine.

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Changing Careers: Alastair Bruce

Dr Alastair Bruce is an astronomer and the planetarium manager at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, after making a career change from acting.

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Changing Careers: Charlotte Blake-Kerry

Charlotte Blake-Kerry has a background in sociology and previously worked as a support worker for Mencap, but now works in the space sector as the Head of Programme Management Office for the National Space Innovation Programme at the UK Space Agency.

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Changing Careers: Harriet Brettle

Harriet Brettle, the Head of Business Analysis at Astroscale, discusses changing careers from banking to the space sector.

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Changing Careers: Jo Richardson

Jo Richardson previously worked for the NHS in a Research and Teaching Academy but now owns and runs Space Detectives, delivering astronomy presentations and workshops to both children and adults.

Changing Careers: Jordan Murray

Jordan Murray changed careers from the nuclear industry and is now a Satellite Propulsion Engineer at Airbus Defence and Space.

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Changing Careers: Manny Shar

Manny Shar is the Head of Analytics at BryceTech, after deciding to change careers from investment banking.

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Changing Careers: Rachana Bhatawdekar

Dr Rachana Bhatawdekar changed careers from the IT industry and is now an astronomer and Research Fellow at the European Space Agency.

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Changing Careers: Remco Timmermans

After a career in IT, banking and consultancy, Remco Timmermans is now a Social Media Specialist and founder of a social media agency for the space sector - SpaceSide.

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Changing Careers: Ryan Milligan

Dr Ryan Milligan made a career change from truck driving and is now a lecturer in the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast.

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Changing Careers: Steven George

Steven George, a Space Systems Engineer at STFC RAL Space, discusses changing careers from the infrared optics industry to the space sector.

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Changing Careers: Thomas Dell

Thomas Dell is a Lead Flight Software Engineer at D-Orbit, with prior software engineering experience in the motorsports industry.

Changing Careers: Tony Mears

Tony Mears decided to change careers from archaeology which then led to a role within the UK Space Agency as their Technology Roadmapping & Harmonisation Lead. Tony now works for the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Chris Bridges

Lecturer at Surrey Space Centre (SSC), University of Surrey

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Chris Lee

Business Development Manager for Future Space Programmes at SCISYS UK

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Chris Lintott

Researcher at the University of Oxford

Claire Burke

Researcher in Astro-ecology at Liverpool John Moores University

Claire Davies

Astronomy Research Fellow at the University of Exeter

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Danielle Chetwood

Graduate engineer at e2v

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David Parker

Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency.

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David Southwood

Former Director of Science and Robotic Exploration at the European Space Agency (ESA)

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Emma Lord

Director of Policy and Operations at the UK Space Agency

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Gerry Gilmore

Professor of Experimental Philosophy at the Institute of Astronomy, Unviersity of Cambridge

Harriet Brettle

Business Analyst at Astroscale

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Hazel Jeffrey

Spacecraft Systems Engineer at Clyde Space

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Helen Webber

Technical Designer at Reaction Engines

Ian Crawford

Ian is a Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has trained as an astronomer, planetary scientist, and geophysicist.

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Jean-Jacques Dordain

Director General of the European Space Agency

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Jennifer Harris

PhD student in remote sensing applied to planetary science at Birkbeck College, University of London

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Jennifer Riddell-Dillet

Chief Operating Officer at Clyde Space

Joanna Barstow

Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellow at University College London

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John Zarnecki

Professor of Space Science at the Open University

Karen Haughian

Research Fellow in the Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow

Kate Furnell

PhD student at Liverpool John Moores University studying the evolutionary history of stellar mass in galaxy clusters.

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Leo Teeney

Young Graduate Trainee at the ESA European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany.

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Louise Harra

Professor of Physics at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL)

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Louise McCaul

Project Manager at STFC RAL Space

Lucy Sutcliffe

Lucy studied Structural and Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge, graduating a year ago. She now works as a structural engineer.

Luke Daly

Postdoctoral research associate at the University of Glasgow in planetary science research

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Maggie Lieu

Research Fellow at the European Space Agency where she is working on projects in preparation for Euclid, a space based optical/IR telescope planned for launch in 2021

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Marie-Claire Perkinson

Mission Design Specialist in the Future Programmes Group at Astrium, Stevenage

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Mark Thompson

Freelance TV space/astronomy presenter and writer.

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Martin Barstow

Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science at the University of Leicester.

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Martin Sweeting

Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and Director of The Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey.

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Natalie Allred

Public Communications Officer at Reaction Engines

Natasha Stephen

Director of the Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre

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Nicholas Booth

Author and Broadcaster, recently co-wrote "The Search for Life on Mars: The Greatest Scientific Detective Story of All Time"

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Pam Anderson

Space Applications and Sales Engineer at Clyde Space

Parth Upadhyay

Mechanical Analysis Engineer for Airbus Defence and Space

Piyal Samara-Ratna

Engineer at the Space Research Centre, Leicester.

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Portia Bowman

Graduate engineer at Thales Alenia Space – Italia

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Richard Crowther

Chief Engineer at the UK Space Agency and expert on Near Earth Objects

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Richard Harrison

Head of Space Physics Division and Chief Scientist at RAL Space.

Rosie Johnson

PhD student studying Jupiter's Aurora at the University of Leicester.

Ryan Milligan

Solar physicist at the University of Glasgow

Sarah Cruddas

Space Journalist, TV Host, and Author

Sheila Kanani

Education, outreach and diversity officer at the Royal Astronomical Society

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Stefanie Kohl

Space Systems Engineer at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd

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Sue Horne

Space Exploration Programme Manager at the UK Space Agency

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Suzanne Aigrain

Lecturer in Astrophysics at the University of Oxford

Thomas Cheney

3rd year PhD candidate in space law - Sunderland University, and Co-lead of the Space Generation Advisory Council’s Space Law and Policy Project Group.

Tim Hewlett

PhD student at the University of St Andrews, studying the growth of supermassive black holes through time.

Vinita Marwaha Madill

Vinita is a Space Operations Engineer at ESA, and focuses on future human spaceflight operations. She founded Rocket Women, a website inspiring young women to study STEM.

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Yvette Hopkins

Executive Vice-President at the Shetland Space Centre