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Developing Astronauts4Hire: The First Two Years


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Astronauts for Hire is a 501(c)(3) non-profit formed in April 2010 to recruit and train qualified scientists and engineers for the rigors of spaceflight. Commonly referred to as “Astronauts4Hire” or just “A4H,” the organization conducts a range of activities related to commercial astronaut workforce development. A4H’s principal service is to train its members as professional astronaut candidates who can assist researchers, payload developers, and spaceflight providers with mission planning and operations support.

This presentation was given at the 2012 Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) in Palo Alto, California on February 28, 2012.

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Developing Astronauts4Hire: The First Two Years

  1. 1. As tronauts 4HireDeveloping Astronauts4Hire: The First Two Years Brian Shiro and Jason Reimuller 2012 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference 1
  2. 2. Putting the “Crew” in Commercial Crew Crew roles as research and operations specialists to interface with researchers, passengers, and flight operators
  3. 3. A4H Mis s ion To Increase the competitiveness of commercial astronaut candidates by: providing skills training, facilitating forums for candidate communication, engaging the space research community, and inspiring the next generation.
  4. 4. A4H Org anizationAs a 501(c)(3), A4H is a volunteer-driven educationaland scientific public charity serving the needs of theaspiring commercial astronaut community.
  5. 5. A4H Members Associate Members – Join anytime, support the organization Flight Members – Must apply and undergo selection based on scientific expertise, broad technical skills, background indicating adaptability
  6. 6. A4H Growth 80 # Total Members # Associate Members 70 # Flight Members 80 60 61 50 40 Associate Members: 30Number of Members 16+ doctorates, 30+ MS degrees 20 19 10 Flight Members: 10 doctorates, 19 MS degrees, 16 languages, 7 NASA Highly Qualified 0 03/10 05/10 07/10 09/10 11/10 01/11 03/11 05/11 07/11 09/11 11/11 01/12 03/12
  7. 7. A4H Miles tones 2/2010: NSRC-2010 4/2010: Incorporated as a Florida nonprofit 6/2010: Expanded Team 1st time (again in 2/2011) 7/2010: A4H joins the CSF as a REM 9/2010: Hired for first research job 2/2011: Completed first research flight 2/2011: Co-sponsor of NSRC-2011 3/2011: Survival Systems USA partnership 6/2011: AGSOL partnership 7/2011: Completed Survival Systems training 7/2011: Completed NASTAR training 9/2011: Granted federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit status 10/2011: NASA Flight Opportunities proposal accepted 2/2012: NASTAR partnership 2/2012: Co-sponsor or NSRC-2012 5/2012: Will complete second research flight
  8. 8. A4H S ervices Provides its members with professional development opportunities to grow as commercial astronaut candidates through training and research. Provides its clients and partners with a range of scientific and technical expertise to advance human spaceflight. – Payload integration, test, & validation – Human test subjects – Flight crew (mission ops) – Product testing – Education and outreach
  9. 9. A4H TrainingSea and Wilderness Survival Analog Training Hypoxia Awareness Training Centrifuge and Mission Simulation Aviation Training SMS Egress and ContingencyAdaptation Training Microgravity Training Preparation Training 9
  10. 10. A4H Training ElementsResearch Specialist Training Operations Specialist TrainingType Requirement Type RequirementEducation Masters degree or equivalent Prerequisite all Research Specialist Training requirementsMedical FAA Class III Medical FAA Class IIAviation hypoxia (altitude chamber) training Aviation FAA Private Pilot CertificateAcceleration at least 3.5 Gz and 6 Gx in a (Instrument Rating preferred) centrifuge followed by unusual Acceleration unusual attitude aerobatic rating attitude aerobatic flight Microgravity same as Research SpecialistMicrogravity at least one parabolic flight consisting of 15 or more parabolic zero-g maneuvers Emergency sea and wilderness survival training, Emergency First Responder orEmergency egress (dunker tank) training equivalentPerformance distraction factors and time Performance motion sickness desensitization management training, motion training sickness assessment Analog Master Diver SCUBA or equivalentAnalog Open Water SCUBA or equivalent Academic crew management, mission planningAcademic human performance, life support & operations, science applications, systems, spacecraft systems spacecraft subsystems, navigation overview, and space environment
  11. 11. A4H Training Prog ramsRSA Training Manualreviewer opportunities being sought now.
  12. 12. A4H Partners Vital Space
  13. 13. Res earch F lig ht Clients  Vostok Pty Ltd (Feb 2011) – Alcohol absorption  Vital Space (May 2012) – Biometric monitoring – With NASA Flight Opportunities Program
  14. 14. Outreach News Media articles CSF REM Recruiting Inspiring StudentsNewsletter Public lecturesWebinars
  15. 15. Coming in April 2012! ISBN 146140519X
  16. 16. Y our Ques tionsHow can webest helppreparetomorrow’sastronauts forspaceflight?Contacts:BBrian Shiro - President / CEObrian.shiro@astronauts4hire.orgDr. Jason Reimuller - VP / COO jason