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There are more careers in space then just the ones based on subjects you study at school, click here to hear all about them...

Deep Space High: Space For All

Did you know they there’s a job in space exploration no matter what you love to do?!

Whether it’s math, sport or cooking, there’s going to be a career in space exploration that you could be working in when you’re older.

In ‘Deep Space High: Space For All’ Principle Pulsar, Sam, Quark and the whole Deep Space High classroom are learning all about all the different careers you could have in space.

So what sort of jobs in space aren’t based on any school subjects?

There are lots of other careers that we haven’t looked at yet!

Let’s look at a couple of them now…

Space Insurers

Launching rockets into space is risky and expensive.

As a space insurer you would be providing cover for spacecrafts and satellites in case something was to go wrong, covering space vehicles throughout their life.

Space insurance is vital to any mission and is required before any rocket can launch. 

Insurance is provided to cover three main risks:

  • Relaunching the space vehicle if it fails to launch
  • Repaying it if it is destroyed, incorrectly positioned in orbit or falls out of orbit 
  • Liability for damage to third parties caused by the space vehicle

Working within space insurance can be very exciting often provides you with the opportunity to visit the facilities in which the space vehicle is being built. You also get to go to the launches too!

How do you become a space insurer?

You don’t have to have studied a scientific or mathematical degree, however the mathematical and problem solving skills acquired from these subjects will help you a lot.

There is no specific degree you need to have to be a space insurer but your best bet to become a space insurer would be to get a degree in accounting or business as these would give you the skills required to be an insurer.

Space Lawyers

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Space law might sound like something from Star Wars, but it’s real!

It governs all space-related activities.

Space law covers everything space related, from the protection of planets from human contamination, to the rescue of stranded astronauts.

Most space laws are agreed internationally by bodies such as the United Nations (UN), so they require complex negotiations with many different groups around the world.

What do space lawyers actually do?

Lawyers work closely with their clients, the courts, and other legal professionals.

They can be involved in writing new laws, studying the impact of existing ones, or arguing cases in court.

Here are some of the main things space lawyers get up to…

  • Meeting with clients (typically companies or national space agencies) to discuss cases and offer advice
  • Study current laws and research past judgements
  • Prepare written and verbal arguments
  • Negotiate agreements on behalf of their clients
  • Check contracts and oversee their signing

Space lawyers spend a lot of time working in offices with computers, conducting research and writing documents, and will also go to court to argue a case. They may also travel around the world to meet clients, make agreements with international organisations, and attend conferences.

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Deep Space High: Kids Guide to Space

Learn all about space - from solar systems to the Sun!

More From Deep Space High: Kids Guide to Space