Celestial navigation

Description

Understand the science of celestial navigation and position fixing by using specialised measuring equipment.

Alternative labels

navigation via celestial bodies
navigation through observing celestial bodies
navigation via the stars
navigation through observation of celestial bodies
navigation via position fixing
astronavigation
navigation by celestial bodies
navigation through position fixing

Skill type

knowledge

Skill reusability level

sector-specific

Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Celestial navigation is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Air traffic manager: Air traffic managers coordinate the planning of ground control, the maintenance of the aircrafts, and the handling of customers. They strive for the most efficient use of resources in directing the aircraft. They manage safety, quality, and risks in everyday work. They also plan and compare performance with other air navigation service providers.
Air traffic controller: Air traffic controllers assist pilots by providing information concerning the height, speed and course. They assist pilots in order to facilitate a safe take off and landing of aircrafts. They are responsible for maintaining a secure and orderly movement of aircraft along major air routes up in the sky and around airports. They control air traffic in and within vicinity of airports according to established procedures and policies to prevent collisions and to minimise delays arising from traffic congestion.
Airspace manager: Airspace managers control activities aimed at developing the European airspace into a continuum that is flexible and reactive to changes of users’ needs in airspace. They aim to optimise the network capacity and improve the performance.
Deck officer: Deck officers or mates perform the watch duties on board of vessels like determining the course and speed, manoeuvring to avoid hazards, and continuously monitoring the vessels position using charts and navigational aids. They maintain logs and other records tracking the ship’s movements. They ensure that the proper procedures and safety practices are followed, check that equipment is in good working order, and oversee the loading and discharging of cargo or passengers. They supervise crew members engaged in maintenance and the primary upkeep of the vessel.

Optional knowledge

Celestial navigation is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Survival instructor: Survival instructors guide groups into vast, natural areas, and assist them in a self-directed instruction of basic survival needs without any comfort facilities or modern gear to fall back on. They coach the participants into mastering survival skills such as fire making, producing primitive equipment, shelter construction and procurement of water and nourishment. They ensure the participants are aware of certain safety measures without diminishing the level of adventure, of environment protection and of risk management. They encourage efforts of leadership from the group and mentor the participants individually so as to push their limits responsibly and help overcome potential fears.

 


 

References

  1. Celestial navigation – ESCO

 

Last updated on September 20, 2022

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