The Satellite Applications Catapult, through Satellites For Everyone, is keen to provide young people with the knowledge, tools and skills they require to realise their ambitions for careers in the growing space sector. By 2030 the UK government has estimated that there will be 100,000 space sector related jobs available in the UK, with the majority of growth in the applications of space data and technology.

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The Satellite Applications Catapult is keen to provide schools with the tools and resources to engage their students regarding Satellite Applications at both primary and secondary level.

The Satellite Applications Catapult has produced two primary school activities, which we can run in the classroom with one of our ambassadors.

Using a high-resolution satellite image of Milton Keynes, the students are provided with a worksheet and must identify objects within the image, on a grid system. This provides the students with an introduction to coordinate systems and Earth Observation.

A craft activity where the students build a Polystyrene satellite and paper boat. This hands-on activity enables the students to understand the relationship between illegal fishing and satellite technology; it also builds an understanding of how a satellite is made.


The Catapult has a number of STEM Ambassadors who can come into the classroom for both primary and secondary schools. These ambassadors can run either of the primary school activities or give a career talk to secondary students, from KS3 to KS5.

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A career in the space sector are extremely varied, and it is important to know the types of careers and pathways available to any young person.


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“Anything is possible. Just because you may not have studied aerospace engineering or physics at school or university doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for you in the space community. Have faith and the confidence to pursue your space career. Take ESA Astronaut Tim Peake for example, thousands of people with different skills from doctors and psychologists, to engineers and mathematicians, all worked together to facilitate Tim’s time in space on the ISS.”


“Follow your passion, if your dreams do not follow your passion then they aren’t really your dreams. Although a door can close it can often lead to new doors. All clichés I know but the main point I think is to never give up. It is a growing industry there will be a job for you in it.”


“Find something you love about space and read up about it, the research you find may lead you to find something new and exciting.”


“You can work in Space coming from so many different backgrounds. The industry is opening up to so many different skillsets – and service design, user research and app development are definitely there!”


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    Job – Senior Earth Observation Specialist

    What does Terri do?

    My job involves using satellite images of Earth to conduct research and find innovative solutions to world problems. This can include looking at the differences between two satellite images to find out what has changed over time, for example, flooding or deforestation. The science behind my job is called ‘Remote Sensing’ which means measuring or observing something without being in direct contact with it. X-Rays and MRI scans at hospitals are another example of remote sensing, so would be using the Hubble Space Telescope to look at our universe. I just happen to look at our Earth.

    What did you study?

    • A-Levels – I attended an art college because I wanted to be a Photographer. My A-Levels were: Geography, Law, Photography and Textile Art and Design
    • University – University College London for both my BSc in Environmental Geography and my MSc in Remote Sensing

    Job – Test Architect

    What does Trev do?

    I have to understand the application solution and make sure that all parts are testable and help write tests where possible. My job is to also help the system engineers make the applications, currently I am using the Unity Games engine to utilise Satellite images for the effects of mining in Chile.

    What did you study?

    • A-Levels – A level Biology, Chemistry (both modular and standard), AS Maths, A Level English, A Level General Studies
    • University – Staffordshire University studying Biology and Computing

    Job – Design Thinker

    What does Fernando do?

    As a design thinker for the catapult, I work on the research and problem definition of an idea. This involves presenting a user story and a reason why this idea is being chosen over all of the other ideas. The rest of the time I am designing products or space outreach to explain what the idea is to people who don’t have any technical background.

    What did you study?

    • A-Levels – I.T, Art, Design and Geography
    • University – BSc(Hons) Architecture, MA Product Design

    Job – Knowledge Exchange Manager

    What does Gemma do?

    Our aim is to understanding the landscape of space-related research within the UK. WE manage a programme of activities that connecting academic expertise with the Catapult and UK businesses.

    What did you study?

    • A-Levels – Business Studies, English Literature, French
    • University – Business Administration, University of Plymouth

    Job – Design Thinker

    What does Delia do?

    I am a service designer: I use all the amazing satellite technologies to develop services and applications for common people on planet Earth. For instance, I am currently involved in designing an app that makes EO imagery more available and useful to everyday users.

    What did you study?

    • A-Levels – I studied Classics and Literature in Italy (where I am from)
    • University – I did a BA Product Design in Milan, Italy and an MA Industrial Design in Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, UK