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Planet Labs Layoffs 2024 - 20% reduction, 180 jobs

"Planet Labs to Cut 180 Jobs

Planet Labs on Wednesday said it will reduce nearly 20% of its global workforce.

The company said it filed an 8K form with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission to lay off around 180 employees, a decision estimated to have a one-off cost of around $9.5 million to $10.5 million."

  • Market Watch

Some are seeing this as a possible stock rally, because when is trimming fat for corporations a bad thing?

But, 8 months ago, this reddit post "not going to survive" lays out a case starkly differently than the more optimistic perspective.

Which is it then: is this the beginning of the end for Planet Labs before the company declares bankruptcy, or a good move in the right direction, and one that can assure a strong future?

And for all of those talented aerospace engineers who need new jobs now; where can they go now? (suggestions?)

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12:38 UTC


Learning aerospace engineering

Hi I am trying to start aerospace engineering but don't have a lot of skills in math and don't know any good books or courses to begin to get the knowledge, I am primarily trying to focus on drones and UAVs so any suggestions are appreciated.

12:05 UTC


Why not bring the ISS back to Earth without disassembling it first by slowing it down, so it won’t burn up on reentry?

Maybe you could use several Starships to do this?

20:33 UTC


Here is a video I made to explain how to set up a vortex lattice method for 3d wings.

19:10 UTC


Why doesn't NASA/SpaceX keep the ISS in a stable orbit indefinitely, as a museum piece in space?

How much would it cost to do this?

15:21 UTC


Relevancy of Robotics System Engineering degree in aerospace

Hi guys I'm from SG and have been offered this degree. However I'd like to know how relevant such a degree would be to somebody who wishes to work in a largely MRO based aerospace sector together with the relevancy of the skills learnt in the next 20-30 years with how fast technology is progressing and with the increase in AI being used.

02:15 UTC


How do employees in system integrator companies find subject matter experts?

I was talking to someone over the weekend and he mentioned that large organizations often have the issue of employees trying to solve problems and trying to find subject matter experts within the organization who might have done this before/know how to contribute/offer advice but employee directories don't have the relevant/updated information so either they have to find the people through personal referrals or the original employees end up working on the project starting from scratch because they can't find the right people.

I talked to some people in the tech industry but they don't seem to have this issue. Someone suggested system integrator companies might have this issue.

I'm thinking of a browser extension that monitors your work actions and can connect you to those with a browsing history you're looking for (the idea being that they have the right expertise to guide you).

17:19 UTC


Job question.

Hi all 👋

Currently working as a quality inspector for spirit aero, the talk is airbus will be taking over our factory soon.

I've just recently been promoted and concerned that my job may be at risk, have heard airbus don't really have quality inspectors or as much of a quality department in general compared to spirit which spooks me a bit.

Just wondered if anyone who works/worked there before has any idea.

09:20 UTC


Los Angeles New Grad - Signed Job Offer - Might Get Let Go - In Need of Back Up or New Job

Hey Everyone,

As I tried to concisely mention in the title, I am a newly graduated aerospace engineering undergraduate major with emphasis in astronautics from Cal Poly Pomona. I signed a job offer with Northrop Grumman Space Systems in Space Park for a Systems Engineering Position starting in late August of this year but it isn't looking too good. As we know, they have had pretty sizable layoffs in redondo beach and a lot of people in the company discord group chat have mentioned that theyve been let go even before their start date and I have been in the talks with my hiring manager as they could possibly move my start date later into the year (which could just be a ruse to let me go even later).

I have been using all of my savings and am dependent on starting this job and they don't even give a relocation stipend. I am a little anxious as I now need to look elsewhere. Any Advice? I will be in the SFV area of Los angeles county if that helps. I am in need of any job openings relating to systems engineering, aerospace engineering, or structures/manufacturing engineering. If there are any recruiters in this community, dm me so i can send over my resume.

06:19 UTC


Aeronautics and aerospace engineering

I've taken an interest in aeronautics and aerospace engineering, I want to start personal study, any suggestions? Im 14 and entering highschool in a few months, so perhaps in highschool I will be able to have access to some in school study, also, I know can take extra classes in HS, what extra classes should I take for my interests?

02:18 UTC


Aerospace Project

Anyone anyone here doing any project that is related to aerospace? I am a second year btech student and I want to learn stuff by being a part of projects and gaining experience. I am ready to learn new courses if they are required for the project.

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18:17 UTC


A non-expert's thoughts on quadcopter-like drones. What do you think?

I was just about to fall asleep when I had a thought about a fanless system for a quadcopter drone. What if we could control a quadcopter with a single power source that compresses air, and then precisely manage the airflow through hollow frame tubes with thrust vectoring nozzles?

My idea is to have a single air compressor mounted on top that distributes thrust. Although I’m not an aeronautics or fluid dynamics expert—just an industrial design student—it seems like this method could theoretically work if we consider high bypass ratio turbofans or other air compressors. This could allow for easier control and scaling up, using fuel for longer range and quicker commercialization rather than relying on motors and batteries.

Even if we use motors and batteries, the advantage would be that the blades wouldn’t need to be directly exposed, and we would only need a single large motor, which could have its own engineering pros and cons.

What do those with expertise in this area think? Is this a feasible idea?

I’m feeling sleepy, and the translation might be quite raw since it's machine-generated. Also, I apologize in advance if the sketch I’ve drawn as a reference is hard to look at.

TVC;;; sorry;;;

Single Compressor/Fan (Typo;;;)

18:05 UTC


Please rate my career plan! (I'm an Indian high school graduate)

Okay, so my main goal is to pursue masters in aerospace engineering in a foreign country.

For that my plan is to complete a Global Pathways Program from UPES. They basically allow me to do 2 years of my mechanical engineering btech at UPES and 2 years at University of Aberdeen, UK. The final degree I get will be from Aberdeen and via UPES I get a 25% scholarship at Aberdeen's tuition fees along with work visa for part time job.
Aberdeen will also help me with a post study work visa in UK that lets me look for a job in UK for two years. By then, I am confident I can work hard enough to land a good mechanical engineer job and side by side in a few years pursue masters in aerospace (universities allow mech btechs to pursue aerospace masters).

The fees of this entire 4 years GPP comes out to be 60 lakhs approx and since Aberdeen will make it slightly easier for me to get a good job as mechanical engineer, I'm hoping I can cover this in one or two years with a 40-50 lakhs salary. This will also help me become independent and pursue my masters with ease.

What do you think? What could be the problems?

08:05 UTC


Aerospace, Mechanical, Robotic: Which engineering major is most superior?

I'm currently a 17 year old student approaching senior year of high school and applying for colleges. I've been debating for a while now on which major would be best for me since I share a passion for both robotics and aerospace technologies such as spacecrafts and aircrafts. Ideally, I would like to pick a major that would get the best out of both fields and have the most projected growth in the next 10 years. What would be the recommend path to ensure the most valuable career possibilities mostly related to aerospace but not completely bound to it.

23:23 UTC


Blue Origin maturity

Considering a move to BO. Location is unknown at this time. Just like any other company with sites in multiple cities / states, I’m sure the culture differs. Curious to hear from those who have or currently work there, at any site, what the culture is like. Do they value first time quality? They seem to care less about schedule than most NewSpace players. Are there documented procedures? Are they AS9100 certified?

Really looking for any and all information on the company. I’m honored they are considering me.


23:05 UTC


Mechanical or Systems Engineering

After 20 years i have hit a ceiling on career progression with my large A&D company. I don't want to manage people. I can (and have) but I hated coming into work for that. My other option is to sit around and wait for ~10 years collecting COLA increases and hoping someone in the Chief's office retires.

There are positions at a higher paygrade for Systems Engineers I think I could do. Not software but vehicle integration stuff. Has anyone made a switch from mechanical to systems late in career? What are the big differences you experienced?

19:05 UTC


Need some advice related to Grad Applications

Hello guys, I am a rising senior in mechanical engineering from Pakistan with a major in mechanical engineering, a minor in CS (to be completed), and one additional course in mathematics yet. I want to pursue a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering focusing on propulsion systems. Due to a lack of infrastructure in my uni for propulsion systems, I haven't had any practical experience. My uni is the best in Pakistan tho. I am focusing on US only for grad applications as it has most of the leading startups related to either space propulsion or hypersonic propulsion. I do not have a green card yet but I will have one either by next year or sometime during my degree even if I first go on a student visa. The immigrant visa procedure is just towards the end now. I am listing somewhat my experiences and achievements below. Although one big issue with these is that most of them are related to UAVs as I could only work with them here. Regardless, by the time I apply for grad school this year:

  1. I will have 6-7 internships (3 of them being research with one of them being about 30 months long in a lab, one being remote but international in Tuskegee University, USA, and one in another lab in which I worked on a railgun) the others are industrial ones (one is related to HVAC, one in Fertilizer company, one in a UAV startup (they make drones and low orbit satellites for our military) and the last one in the military's aeronautical complex.)
  2. maybe a publication (in review not published)
  3. 3-4 good projects related to UAVs (VTOLs and Multirotors)
  4. 1 international competition and 5-6 national ones (one of them being organized by AIAA) I won like 2 of them and awards in the other ones too
  5. A student team related to UAVs that I founded and secured funding etc. It is the first of its kind on our campus.
  6. certifications from IMechE and ASME etc plus a lot of other extracurriculars in student clubs
  7. CGPA 3.23 (biggest mess-up of my undergrad)
  8. Good community service profile
  9. GRE score prolly 325-330 and IELTS 7.5-8.5

now, if I wait another year and apply in the fall 2026 cycle rather than 2025, these will be added to my profile:
job experience related to aerospace or turbomachinery

  1. Gold Medal from the university's rector for my Final Project (hopefully)
  2. 2 publications with a chance for a 3rd
  3. CGPA of about 3.45-3.5
  4. one more research internship maybe related to propulsion (simulation-based)

The schools I am considering are the good ones like the top 20 in USA (UMD, UT Austin etc.) and I am trying to apply for direct PhD positions. Now, I need suggestions on whether I should apply this year or not as it is a lot of money I will have to put in after the conversions and all.
Sorry for the long post and thanks if you have made it through my video game lore lol.

16:04 UTC


Aero or EC

Hi! I completed my 12th this year. My 1st JEE(74%) was not good even 2nd one(83%).So, I thought of making good in KCET but got 13k and Comedk was good(5k).

I have interest to join Aerospace but from some research, I got know that college are very less so do the job opportunities. Doing masters will be safe option.

Seeing this, I thought of taking Electronics [As I took electronics in PU]. Where I'll get many options like getting into core or IT field [ I'm not interested though but may get in future. By the way, I don't know basics of programming] or getting into aviation sector through Avionics.

1.I'm not a kind of guy who run behind salaries 2.I have no option to get into IIT as mentioned above so I have to choose aero in either RV or BMS 3. I'm very good and interested in Physics and Maths 4. I'm very passionate about Aviation [From Abdul Kalam sir since childhood and even by watching TOP GUN] 5. I'm even interested in defense

So, please suggest either to take Aero or EC/ET..

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17:53 UTC


Career Progression

Hi, I am 19, I am based in the UK and do a degree apprenticeship for a big aerospace and aviation company. By then I will have 3 years of experience and a BEng in Aerospace engineering. I was wondering if getting a masters is worth it to go abroad or should I just continue getting experience internally within the company? But, they have a site in Alabama, highly unlikely to place a UK based employee there.

I don't know the perspective of countries outside the UK. Need some of your personal insight. Many thanks.

15:50 UTC


Engine compressor vs Bernoulli


I’ve been doing some research on such mechanisms for awhile and I’m here seeking to validate my ideas or gain new insights about such topic.

Won’t get my hopes up too high cuz there’s tons of jerks online.

Well my hypothesis is: the plane engine’s compressor is there to overcome Bernoulli’s law of Low pressure in decreasing spaces by using impeller to add force to the tighter space towards the combustion areas.

Thus overcoming Bernoulli’s law and increasing overall energy (pressure and velocity).

I was trying hard to reconcile these two ideas and this is the only best solution I can find

Specifically, what’s the difference between compressed air vs your typical ventauri tube/Bernoulli experiment?

If anyone can enlighten me, preferably with citations or resources, much appreciated

14:50 UTC


Design Diagrams for Airbus Interiors?

TLDR - I'm looking for engineering or design diagrams of the various passenger seats used by Airbus (Swiss Air if it makes a difference). Would also love to be able to find diagrams for the windows and cabin spaces like the galley.

Hi all, Google keeps insisting I'm looking for seat maps so thought I'd come ask people who know planes. For a drawing project I'm working on I'm planning to model the interior of a Swiss Air Airbus A340-300 (to be specific) I've managed to find a cabin cross-section drawing, and I'm spoiled for choice on top-down plans but that's where Google's usefulness has waned. If there's any source you know for top-left-front drawings for the seats and other equipment like the bins, windows, galley, etc. That would be awesome. Thanks!

15:11 UTC


Masters in Aerospace Engineering

Hi everyone. Lately I've been consdiering getting a masters in Aerospace Engineering but I don't know much about it and I'm looking for some general knowledge. For background I am going in to my senior year as a dual aerospace and mechanical engineer and I want to end up in the spaceflight industry. I have a 3.97 GPA and have done undergrad research for two different Proessors as well as had an internship for the past two summers. Some general questions I have:

  • In people's experience is getting a Master's degree worth it for the Spacelfight industry? Will it make getting a job and advancing in the industry a signficant amount easier?
  • So far I've looked at Purdue, Georgia Tech, University of Texas at Austin, and UC Boulder. Does anyone have any other programs they suggest I look in to?
  • What is the average time for completing the degree? If I do the masters it will be the non-thesis option which seems like 30 hours of course work for every program I look at. Ideally I'd like to complete this in one year with 15 hours per semester but I've seen warnings on the school sites that loads of more than 12 hours are consdiered extremely difficult. Can anyone with experience speak to this?

Thanks in adavance for any help.

13:52 UTC


How should I prepare for aerospace engineering in college

I am going to start college in about a month and I am fairly certain that I will be going for an aerospace engineering degree. My school has a heavy focus on engineering and science, so I wanted to know the best way I can prepare myself as much as I can for the courses, such as math physics and aerospace topics. Are there any books, or topics that I should independently study before entering?

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04:55 UTC


Do I still have a shot at aerospace if I'm Iranian/Canadian?

For context, I was born in Iran and moved to Canada when I was 2 years old, where I got my citizenship several years later. Recently, I got my green card in the US but I know that NASA requires U.S. citizenship (and maybe clearance) for the most part.

I'm studying aerospace engineering here in the US, but I was wondering if my options for work (and internships) would be limited to civilian aircraft due to my other nationality, or if I still have a shot due to my Canadian citizenship.

15:25 UTC


High school project

I want help is to what to do insuring summer. I need ECs oto get internships in aerospace engineering, any tips, I know my way around tools

05:09 UTC

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