The SpaceCRAFT Framework

Space Competencies Recognition & Assessment Framework Tool (CRAFT)

SpaceCRAFT is a competencies framework used by employers, educators, and policy makers across the UK and European space sectors as a common set of categories for talking about skills and developing training resources. It is curated by Space Skills Alliance and supported by the UK Space Agency.

Explore themes

There are 57 competencies in 5 technical and 3 non-technical themes.

Aero/mechanical design

9 competencies

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

Electronics design

10 competencies

Design and analysis of spacecraft electronic systems and telecommunications.

Maintenance, manufacturing & materials

9 competencies

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

Software & data

7 competencies

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

Systems engineering

8 competencies

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

6 competencies

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

6 competencies

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

10 competencies

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



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Mapping to other frameworks

See how SpaceCRAFT maps to other competency frameworks.