Scottish space firm Orbex is planning to launch their first vertical rocket from UK soil. Hence, they have announced its plans to hire an additional 50 resources over a period of next six months.

Hiring will facilitate Orbex first vertical rocket launch

Orbex is performing ‘integrated testing’ of the complete rocket at the Orbex LP1 launch platform test facility at Kinloss. Therefore, they are seeking to recruit 50 new resources to support the integrated testing. Moreover, the new roles will also strengthen existing teams responsible for key areas of development of the rocket. These include propulsion, structures, avionics, CNC machining and embedded software. “These jobs will bring us a step closer to achieving our ambition of 20,000 jobs in the Scottish space sector by 2030. Orbex is bringing high-value jobs to Moray while inspiring the study of science and engineering – which will help create future rocket scientists.” Scottish Employment Minister Richard Lochhead expressed his view on Orbex jobs announcement.

15 roles need no prior experience

Furthermore, most of these jobs will be of technical nature and require prior experience of working in agencies like NASA and ESA. However, 15 roles require no experience. These roles mostly pertain to logistics and procurement. According to Orbex, these roles will offer many people new opportunities to train or re-skill for a career. On the other hand, the remaining 35 positions are in areas of communications, navigation and control, and propulsion.

“We have already tripled the size of our team over the last twelve months. And now, the roles we are recruiting for are the clearest demonstration that we are in the final countdown to launch from UK soil. There is no better time to join Orbex – we have an extremely exciting few years ahead of us and we encourage people to find out more about the roles we have on offer.” Chris Larmour, CEO, Orbex said in his statement.

Apart from U.S., Scotland manufactures more satellites than any other country in the world. The country is aiming to have a £4 billion share of the global market by 2030. Subsequently, Scotland intends to create 20,000 new jobs in the process.

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