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This question really has very little relevance, and truly is only being asked from my own curiosity but;

How many Space Exploration Stack Exchange members are active in the space industry?

To clarify; by active in the industry I mean your typical employment is related to the space industry directly. Academia doesn't count. The only downside of this question is I can't see a way any single user could answer it!

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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry to comment on a quesion with another question, does Stack Exchange provide any functionality to do a survey? e.g. Educator/ Academic research/ Student/ Manager/ Sales/ Mission related engineering/ Applications developer. $\endgroup$ – Puffin Nov 10 '15 at 1:15
  • $\begingroup$ No idea. Would be nice though! $\endgroup$ – ThePlanMan Nov 10 '15 at 1:24
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I can tell you from my experience with our members that we have quite many field professionals here, from those that actually landed hardware on Mars, to those working for large space launch providers and in space systems integration, analytics and space policy, space historians,... That isn't really a coincidence as we actively work in promoting our site to relevant expert communities (see e.g. this thread as an example of that), but unfortunately, I'm not at liberty to disclose which individuals that are or where they work, unless they're comfortable in sharing that by themselves (site policy). You might however recognize some of the names in our list of members by yourself, though Elon Musk that ain't.

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I'm a retired shuttle engineer with 30 years experience in mission ops at Johnson Space Center. So, "formerly active", to answer your question directly.

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Spent a career in high performance military aviation and served in NASA's Astronaut Corp for eight years. Flew in Space once.

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I am a Software Engineer active within the industry. I'm not sure what you mean by "your typical employment is related to the space industry directly", but I work in support of such programs.

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I work on rocket turbomachinery at the German aerospace agency DLR.

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