Inmarsat on the search for next generation of space engineers

Brian O'connor
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Astronaut Tim Peake launched the search for future space specialists in London (Source: Getty)

British satellite company Inmarsat has launched an attempt to find the next generation of so-called space pioneers.

The programme, which is designed to kick-start the space engineering careers of five science, technology, engineering or maths (Stem) graduates, was unveiled by astronaut Tim Peake in London.

Successful applicants selected from UK and European universities will have the opportunity to undertake a two-year placement with Inmarsat and the offer of a permanent position on the completion of the programme.

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“We are looking for our next generation of engineers; Stem graduates who can help us pioneer in the rapidly evolving world of mobile satellite communications,” Michele Franci, Inmarsat’s chief technology officer said.

Inmarsat shares have dropped to two year lows recently, with analysts naming the company as a possible takeover target.

In June it was ejected from the blue-chip FTSE 100.