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

Just the Facts


Space operations specialists handle space warning and control systems, orbital mechanics, data analysis, and transmission. These specialists operate space systems to perform space control missions.

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


A person in this career:

  • Detects, identifies, and maintains surveillance on low orbiting and deep space satellite vehicles, using optical radar sensors
  • Tracks sea launched and intercontinental ballistic missiles using a variety of system peculiar sensors
  • Plans satellite contacts, resolves emergencies, and performs satellite commanding during launch, early orbit, daily operations, and end-of-life testing
  • Performs launch and on-orbit operations for military communications and global positioning system satellites
  • Provides on-orbit telemetry, tracking, and commanding for satellite systems
  • Supports spacelift and aeronautical testing to fulfill warfighting and commercial users
  • Validates and enhances warfighter capabilities through testing and evaluation of space systems
  • Replicates adversary’s space capabilities to improve combat training and increase awareness of threats from space
  • Oversees space surveillance, space lift, space warning, and satellite command and control
  • Develops future plans for systems, facilities, and personnel

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