Private or commercial space flight is moving ahead in the aerospace business. Do you want to be a part of it? Set a goal and start mapping out a career path, and it can happen! These companies and related agencies will need qualified people to make this business successful.
Tip #3 is my book is Associate with people in the field.
Tip #8 is Know how to apply for a job.
Tip #9 is Find a mentor.
By connecting with one or more of these organizations, you can make serious progress on at least one of these tips–possibly all three!
If you are aware of another relevant organization that I missed, please tell me and everyone else about it in the comments!
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is the industry association of leading businesses and organizations working to make commercial human spaceflight a reality. The mission of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation is to promote the development of commercial human spaceflight, pursue ever higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry.
Dr. David Livingston founded the One Giant Leap Foundation (OGLF), a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization which controls and operates The Space Show®, to promote education and understanding among the general public, including school-age children, of the importance of all issues relating to space. In carrying out its mission, OGLF focuses in on educating the public about the space benefits talked about on The Space Show. OGLF knows the importance of education for all ages and segments of society, so by educating people on the importance and value of expanding space commerce, developing an economic space infrastructure, advancing science and research, and facilitating the industrial development, space benefits all mankind.
The purpose of AIAA is to ignite and celebrate aerospace ingenuity and collaboration, and its importance to our way of life. AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation
The mission of the Office of Commercial Space Transportation is to ensure protection of the public, property, and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States during commercial launch or reentry activities, and to encourage, facilitate, and promote U.S. commercial space transportation.
All of these organizations have their own ways to connect or get involved. Investigate memberships, Twitter following, LinkedIn, email digests or newsletters…
If you want to be a rocket scientist in the commercial or private space world, get connected, get informed and get involved! Unless you are still of minor age, you don’t need anyone’s permission!