Natalia Lemarquis gives an insight into her role as Technical Project Manager at In-Space Missions.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to work for In-Space.
”Planes, gliders, spaceplanes and all the machines that can fly are my big passion. That is why I become an Aerospace Engineer and a Chartered Engineer at the Royal Aeronautical Society. I have spent most of my career working in jet engines (General Electric and Rolls-Royce). For the first few years I was a design engineer for combustion chambers and then began to take up management and leadership roles working hand in hand with design and manufacturing to introduce the new technologies.
I came to know about In-Space while doing my post-graduate master’s degree at the International Space University. Managing Space Projects was always my dream and after the first conversation with In-Space, I knew the company has big ambitions and exciting plans for interesting missions and building spacecraft. This was a dream come true!
What does a Technical Project Manager do and what might an average day look like?
”A Project Manager takes responsibility for the project from start to finish. In this case it is building a whole new spacecraft. It is my role to execute the project up to the quality standards, on time and on budget. Day to day I plan activities, review the budget, report project progress and work with the brilliant team of engineers and production leads so we can proudly deliver a mission to our customers.
What’s the best thing about working in the space industry?
”The innovations & inclusiveness! The Space Industry is rapidly expanding. Hence, most of the projects are innovative and are the opposite of repetitive. Each day at work seems like an adventure. Also, the people who work in space industry are driven by passion and incredible knowledge, and they are very happy to share it!
What do you do in your spare time?
”II am a mentor at Space4Women network (UNOOSA initiative) trying to engage women into starting a career in the Space Industry. I created my own LinkedIn channel as part of this tenure, where I interview space industry leaders about their careers. I also enjoy bike rides with my husband and my 2-year-old daughter and recently tried gardening. Once the pandemic is over, I would love to go back to travelling and sailing.
Article by In-Space Missions
Date: 26th April 2021