GoPro an aerospace company? Not now. Maybe someday. But before then, they will probably be hiring aerospace engineers! See the article below which talks about their plans to get into consumer UAVs (I avoid the word drones).
As I explain in my book with Tip #2, aerospace (or rocket science) has become much different and much larger than just rockets, spacecraft, and airplanes. And the companies who need people with these interests and skills are far far more plentiful than the obvious, typical aerospace companies.
I’ll write more about UAVs (Unmanned Air Vehicles) again, because they are going to be the source of many jobs, careers, and companies in the future. In many ways this is just getting started. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again: it’s like we are at the beginning of the jet age with respect tounmanned aircraft.
If GoPro gets into consumer drones, the industry could finally have the innovation champion it needs
As with many aerospace technologies, the military has led the development and demand for UAV technologies and applications. But civilian and commercial uses are on the way. Want to know where the activity and centers of action are? Locations where the current military UAV companies are located is one answer. They can be or will be adjusting their focus as the economy changes. The other list of locations are found here in this press release from the FAA.
Maybe you really want to live in one of these locations? Use that to focus your efforts and learn more about what is happening there. Use the web and LinkedIn to do research and make new connections. Find local news sources or online communities that can give you insight into what’s happening and what needs exist (perhaps you can fulfill). Eventually UAVs will be operating everywhere. But they have to start somewhere, just like our careers.