Space Operations Specialist ... (Military - Enlisted)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Uses and repairs spacecraft ground control command equipment, including electronic systems that track spacecraft location and operation.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Transmits and verifies spacecraft commands using aerospace ground equipment.
  • Monitors computers and telemetry display systems.
  • Analyzes data to determine spacecraft operational status.
  • Repairs ground and spacecraft communication equipment.
  • Assists in preparing spacecraft commands to meet mission objectives
  • Operates data-handling equipment to track spacecraft.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work