Best Most Exciting Jobs For the Future

You, too, can use space telescopes, thanks to timesharing.

Hubble Space Telescope, featured in the film "Gravity" (2013).
Hubble Space Telescope, featured in the film "Gravity" (2013). | Source

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Fast Growing Industries In America

I'm to review the space exploration film Gravity with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney soon. It reminds me that if I were beginning a career today, it would be in the new Aerospace Industries that are growing magnificently in America.

Proliferation of Space Related Jobs

Over a dozen space ports are already open and working in our country. One-quarter of my state, Ohio, is designated as the Space Corridor for business and jobs. Other states began growing private aerospace jobs before the last NASA Space Shuttle lifted off. These states include Florida, Texas, California, and sveral others. During summer 2013, NASA itself began training a new class of eight astronauts for missions to the Moon and Mars. In addition, NASA operates in partnership with at least 63 private companies designated as the NASA Commerical Crew. The space agency also partners with other countries, like Japan, in the manufacture and testing and space vehicles and equipment.

A Private Leader in Aerospace Exploration and Mining

Planetary Resources is a new company that has already crowdsourced enoungh money in just two days to put 100 new ARKYD space telescopes into the heavens to provide time-sharing to K-12 schools as well as colleges and universities.

At this time, Planetary Resources is looking for a Community Manager/Engineer. You can see the advertisement at the following link, along with an opportunity to sign up for their informative and fun newsletter that I enjoy. Backed by leaders from Google and the famous James Cameron, this company is fun and forward looking.

It is even more fun since the tradition of Star Trek actors as spokespeople continues: Brent Spiner (Data from ST:TNG) and Robert Picardo (Doc from ST:Voyager) represent Planetary Resources' work as Nichelle Nichols (Uhuru from ST:TOS) represented NASA and recuited dozens of top astronauts.

Visit Planetary Resources -- During September 2013, Sir Richard Branson joined the company's core investor group. This brings him to work with Google VIPs and James Cameron, among other luminaries. The posibilities of space become more exciting every day!

The Littlest Astronomer
The Littlest Astronomer | Source

Space Google

Google operated the LunarX Prize in order to attract talent from academia and the private sector that would build lunar landers ready to go to the moon by 2015.

Far ahead of schedule, Google had its set of landers by early 2013!

Inflatable module for a lunar base.
Inflatable module for a lunar base. | Source

Who Would I Want to Be In the Future?

I want to be the Gary Sinese character from Apollo 13, the astronaut/engineer that, from the ground, could help the space capsule crew in trouble and could also explore space when he had the opportunity. That character is Astronaut Ken Mattingly (born in 1936).

If I could combine a third skill, I would also design space vehicles. That means I would study electrical, mechanical, and design engineering, probably ening with a PhD in electrical engineering.

Early Exposure to Outer Space

At pre-school age, I saw reruns of the old black and white Space Patrol series on a local childrens' show. Even though the space ship in the opening credits was a paper cone on a empty toilet paper roll, the show was fun to watch.

In elementary school, field trips included a yearly visit to the local observatory north of town and these trips were fun. We learned about constellations, early space flight, and watched plenetarium shows. Today, young students can pull data from the ARKYD telescopes onto computers in their classrooms.

Former astronaut John Glenn is about 94 years old and still teaching at The Ohio State University. He was ever-present in my childhood, a hero better than the X-Men to us.

Do you remember The Day the Earth Stood Still? That film was shown every year in Junior High during lunch periods, a few scenes every day for week. I loved that movie and dreamed about meeting people from other planets.

Star TrekĀ®. How many people entered the astronaut corps because of Nichlle Nichols? - A lot. Martin Luther King, Jr. talked her out of quitting the show, because she was such a good role model of striving toward success. I was fortunate to meet her at a science fiction convention and she is one of my favorite people.

Technicians

You don't have to stuiy for years and years to work in Aerospace Industries. Engineering Technicians and technicians in related fields make good salaries as well. They work in rocketry, guidance systems, space vehicle construction and repair, communciations, and many other areas that can be quite exciting.

What If?

I had a chance to become an engineer and apply to the NASA astronaut program, but I did not do so. I had an overwhelming premonition that kept me from doing either. A few years later. the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded with a woman astronaut from Ohio on board; she had the PhD in electrical engineering. I was quite shaken.

Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated with a crew full of good people dying as well. I was less shaken, but saddened. I am still sad about that.

Today, I would go to space. I've helped steer thousands of people into GEDS, college dredges, and jobs; and helped others through my healthcare and sports coaching work, so I would choose to do something different in the future.

If I were a high school student today, I'd concentrate on the STEM Courses (Sciences, Technologies, Engineering, and Mathematics) and pursue the degrees in electrical engineering (EE). As it is, I was able to concentrate on the SEM, since we had more limited technologies before the Internet and IT were popular. However, author Sir Arthur C Clarke had already invented the ComSat.

As it is today, I could pick up the EE courses since I already have the math and sciences needed. I will seriously think about it, but I encourage high school and college students to do it, if they have any interest in aerospace and engineering.

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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

Space exploration has always been a huge interest to me. As a kid I used to envision myself piloting a spacecraft into the blackness, wondering what kind of life I might come across during my journey. I'm sure that my vision was multiplied by millions of kids in the fifties and sixties!

Very interesting and informative article ;) Pearl

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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Maybe one day soon, you'll be able to at least take a space ride. You would have made an adventuresome pilot, dreaming of it all as you did.

I could do without the bulky spacesuit and the layers of clinging garments underneath - how about you?


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RonElFran 3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

Great job, Patty! I've tried to keep up with space technology, and especially with the new commercial spaceflight companies. But I hadn't heard about NASA's Commercial Crew. All of this is very exciting. I have an EE degree, and if I could redo my engineering career, I'd love to work at a commercial company implementing the sophisticated robotics that future space travel will require. Thanks for a very interesting hub.


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

Yes, Patty, the next recruitment should include an awesome spacesuit designer who knows how to come up with suitable lightweight easy-to-wear space suits with lots of pockets!


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ChrisLingCheng 3 years ago

When I was little, I was convinced I'd become an astronaut for NASA. As I grew older, I realised how good in Maths I'd have to be in order to get a related degree. I wasn't brilliant at the subject. Ended up taking Biomedical Sciences and now, Childhood Studies. Funny how life plays out but, I'm happy with how mine turned out.


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VinitaAmrit 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Well researched. Good one.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

RenElFran - You have an EE! What interesting fun I've always thought electricity to be! You're a very interesting person.

grandmapearl - They look so bulky now, don't they, but I suppose they must be to protect the human inside. With new thin and tough materials now, though, I think we might see some changes.

ChrisLingCheng - Childhood Studies is a very important field as well. I wish you every success with it!

VinitraAmrit - The future in space is very exciting. I want to know just how long people really can survivie on a space station.

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