The Next Generation
This last week I had the honor to lead a team of students from the midwest at Space Camp, it got me thinking do we do enough in commercial space to ensure the next generation is ready to take our places?
When I was growing up there was no such thing as the United Space School, much of what I learned was by going to the school library and reading through past issues of Aviation Week and Space Technology and watching John Holloman on CNN when they covered Shuttle Missions. Regular trips from my home in Dallas to the Johnson Space Center filled my calendar, I was thirsty for knowledge about the space program.
This past week showed me there are many more like me out there thirsty for knowledge, one student this week wanted a more detailed description of the Center of Pressure, with some help from a contractor friend, I was able to get him the answer he was looking for, all it took was a text message, we in commercial space can all do the same with a little effort.
What are you doing as a company to ensure that there is a workforce ready to take over when you retire?
An internship program is a great way to start, it doesn't have to be a fancy program, it can be as simple as a partnership with a local high school to where students could work at your facility, and at the same time gain some valuable work experience that could lead to a career in Aerospace.
ISC Executive Director Rob Alexander said “When I started in space education there were companies willing to donate to space school, and other education establiments, when NASA Budget was reduced, so were the donations” Such companies as ManSat have continued to give even after the budget cuts.
People say that interest in space has waned in since the last shuttle mission in 2011, well I think that's not the case.
Let’s give this generation a chance, they are ready to get involved and leave their footprint, just like we have.