I'm excited to announce an exciting project that has occupied a great deal of my time for the past few weeks. Check out our first press release below:
April 12, 2010
Astronauts4Hire Launches, Selects Initial Candidates for Commercial Scientist Astronauts
Phoenix, Arizona – Astronauts4Hire, a new collaborative effort to support and develop a pool of qualified, commercial scientist astronauts announces today the launch of its website (www.astronauts4hire.org) and selection of 11 initial astronaut candidates. The candidates, selected from industry and academia, bring with them a wide variety of experience and expertise, representing a diverse set of disciplines. Pooling their collective resources and talents, and leveraging their common passion and commitment for space exploration, the candidates have created Astronauts4Hire to support the emerging suborbital research industry. On a day that marks the anniversaries of the first human to orbit the Earth and the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle, this announcement marks a push towards a new era of more accessible commercial space research and exploration.
Astronauts4Hire is soliciting sponsors and donors to enable the candidates to undergo spaceflight training and obtain other pertinent experience that will increase their competitiveness as astronauts-for-hire by those private firms conducting scientific research on suborbital platforms. The initial target is to obtain $40,000 USD, which will be used to allow the initial astronaut candidates to take part in the three-day Suborbital Scientist Training Program at the NASTAR Center in Pennsylvania. The course includes medical screening, classroom preparation, centrifuge and hypobaric chamber training.
Additional astronaut candidates and training course targets will be identified as the effort moves forward. Astronauts4Hire intends to become the one-stop shop for those seeking qualified, experienced professionals to conduct microgravity and other research on suborbital, and later orbital platforms. The website will eventually evolve to allow anyone who has the dream of becoming a commercial astronaut to create an online profile listing their experience and training, allowing them to see how they rank against other prospective astronauts. The site will become an interactive tool, providing a forum for discussion and collaboration.
The initial Astronauts4Hire are:
- Jim Crowell - Student, Arizona State University
- Bruce Davis - Ph.D. Student, University of Colorado
- Kristine Ferrone - ISS Flight Controller, NASA JSC
- Amnon Govrin - Software Engineer, Spacepirations.com
- Chad Healy - MS Student, University of Colorado
- Ryan Kobrick - Ph.D. Candidate, University of Colorado
- Joseph Palaia - Vice President, 4Frontiers Corp
- Luís Saraiva, Ph.D. - Neuroscientist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- Brian Shiro, Geophysicist - NOAA
- Laura Stiles - Ph.D. Student, University of Colorado
- Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto - NASA LROC Coordinator, Arizona State University
For more information about Astronauts4Hire, its initial astronaut candidates, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit: www.astronauts4hire.org
Interested parties can download and distribute the press release as a MS Word or Adobe PDF document.