back to article Brit aviation regulator is hiring a space 'n' drones manager

Fancy a crack at bringing space flight to the UK? The Civil Aviation Authority is hiring an innovation manager charged with that plus helping commercialise drone tech – and more. The job description, as posted on the CAA website, says the successful candidate will be tasked with "creating the regulatory environment to …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Innovation management

    So, lot of opportunities for blue sky thinking then?

  2. macjules Silver badge

    Preferred experience:

    1) Must have own drone

    2) Ability to demonstrate working knowledge of LOHAN

    3) Should not burst into uncontrollable fits of laughter when a minister mentions the "British Space Exploration Programme".

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Should not burst into uncontrollable fits of laughter when a minister mentions the "British Space Exploration Programme"

      Don't worry, they never will. They're careful just to talk about the "British space programme" or "British space business" as they know that any form of words that excluded Sky and its TV service would make the magnitude of remaining British space efforts look a bit ridiculous.

      1. Chris Miller

        The UK is the second largest satellite manufacturer (after the US). So not too ridiculous.

      2. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Sublime Advanced IntelAIgent Services

        Credas,

        Whom and/or what do you imagine be realising and leading British Cyber Space Exploration Programmes? Traditional established intelligence services [MI5/MI6/GCHQ] or something else highly unconventional and designedly irregular in order to provide all necessary safe security requirements?

        Would you even believe and accept that such a leading programme exists and is flourishing beyond all expectation?

        Do you think UKGBNI Special Forces are evolved and involved? Or is it more a Renegade Rogue Mercenary Operational Field?

  3. Chris G Silver badge

    I can do this

    I was an avid reader of Dan Dare and Jet Ace Logan back in the day so I know all about space.

    1. Roger Kynaston Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: I can do this

      Ha! I read Tintin - Explorers On The Moon so I get the job first!

      1. Lotaresco

        Re: I can do this

        "I read Tintin - Explorers On The Moon so I get the job first!"

        I watched Futurama, so I get the job first!

        "We're whalers on the Moon, we carry a harpoon. But there ain't no whales so we tell tall tales and sing our whaling tune."

      2. twellys
        Joke

        Re: I can do this

        Comics, tsk! I actually saw a video on Moon exploration, so I'll get my CV in.

        Think it was "Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out"...

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I can do this

      I watched Flash Gordon and Barbarella, do these count? No one can beat Dino De Laurentiis when it comes to space.

    3. Trigonoceps occipitalis Silver badge

      Re: I can do this

      " ... so I know all about space."

      What, like its big, really big?

  4. Lotaresco

    If they were serious about it...

    There's a rather long runway in Wiltshire that's not used for much these days (ICAO: EGDM).

  5. Commswonk

    From the article...

    "Our Innovation Team is dedicated to facilitating developments in the aviation industry that will be valuable to UK citizens; securing safe outcomes is the primary objective of the team's work. Currently the team is focussed on three main projects – a UK commercial spaceflight capability, exploitation of unmanned aircraft technology and aviation defences against evolving cyber threats," a CAA spokesman told us.

    Experience in "aviation or other safety-critical industry" and "good commercial awareness" are advantages, naturally. So what does the post actually entail?

    Two things spring to mind; the first is to shout House very loudly and the second is to suspect that another requirement will be the successful candidate will be able to work in a buzzword - rich environment without laughing.

  6. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    For Safe Command and Secure Virtual Flight Control

    Wanna Play Great Games? ...... https://sluggerotoole.com/2017/09/05/it-is-madness-that-there-is-no-political-voice-for-northern-ireland/#comment-3504964781

    The InterNetwork Thing is getting Real and Lively

  7. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    citing space flight, unmanned aircraft and cybersecurity

    "safe deployment in the UK of new technologies or business models", citing space flight, unmanned aircraft and cybersecurity as priorities."

    Those main priorities sound disparate enough to require three separate roles. I'd be surprised if there's anyone qualified enough in all three fields to make it all one role. I suspect (ha!) that what they really want is a mid-level marketing manager, possibly with an Oxford PPE to head up a team with some people who might actually know what they are doing. (ha!). What's David Cameron doing these days?

    1. macjules Silver badge

      Re: citing space flight, unmanned aircraft and cybersecurity

      "What's David Cameron doing these days?"

      Sitting at home, licking his wounds as per doctor's Rupert Murdoch's orders.

  8. GruntyMcPugh

    On a related note, I caught up with Prof Brian Cox's latest series last night, and was a little disappointed there was no mention of Skylon. I would hope a home grown system would feature if we ever developed a Space Port. Not that it's a particularly good idea, given our latitude.

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