The SpaceCRAFT Framework

Space Competencies Recognition & Assessment Framework Tool (CRAFT)

A competencies framework designed for the space sector, with 57 competencies in 5 technical and 3 non-technical themes. Curated by the Space Skills Alliance.

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Aero/mechanical design

Design and analysis of spacecraft, their subsystems, and components from an aerothermal and mechanical perspective.

Electronics design

Design and analysis of spacecraft electronic systems and telecommunications.

Maintenance, manufacturing & materials

Production, assembly, and testing of components and subsystems for satellites, spacecraft, and ground stations.

Software & data

Design and development of software for satellite operations and for processing of data collected by satellites.

Systems engineering

Designing, developing and verifying a space system as an integrated system able to fulfil the objectives of a mission within acceptable technical and programmatic frames.

Sector support

Work that supports the space sector as a whole such as through funding, policy development, economic analysis, and provision of education and training.

Commercial operations

Work that supports the operations of a business, such as ensuring that projects run to time, people have the support they need, progress is communicated to clients, and finances and contracts are properly managed.

Transferable skills

Competencies that are required for most roles in the sector, regardless of specialism.



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