What is your background and how did you end up in your current job?
So my background is in Aerospace Engineering. I graduated from the University of Maryland back in May 2016, and ever since I graduated I have been applying and looking for jobs in the field. I came across relative dynamics and they said that there was a potential job opening as a member of the Flight Operations Team for the EOS missions. They set up a interview for me and now I am here flying a satellite as my job.
What opportunities do you think this role prepares you for in the future?
My role currently can prepare me for a variety of roles in the future. Then next step after being a operator is nominally to become a subsystem engineer, and to dive deeper into a specific component of the satellites operations. Another cool thing this job gives you is insight into how a satellite actually works, in terms of human interactions, which can be extremely beneficial in terms of design. You have the experience of operating a satellite so, in the future if you ever get into satellite design or integration, you will know some of the impact/implications the design decisions will have on a person who is then operating the satellite.
What do you do on a day-to-day basis?
On a daily basis my job is to operate the satellite TERRA. I have to monitor the health and safety of the satellite to make sure all operations are going smoothly. I am also responsible for making sure that all the science data the spacecraft records get collected on the ground correctly. In the most simple terms everyday at work I get to fly a satellite that is 700 km above the earths surface, which is pretty cool.