The Emergence of a Commercial Astronaut Corps

Erik Seedhouse

ASTRONAUTS FOR HIRE: The Emergence of a Commercial Astronaut Corps The spaceflight industry is being revolutionized. It is no longer the sole preserve of professional astronauts working on government-funded manned spaceflight programs. As private companies are being encouraged to build and operate launch vehicles, and even spacecraft that can be hired on a contract basis, a new breed of astronauts is coming into being.

Astronauts for Hire describes how this commercial astronaut corps will be selected and trained. It provides a unique insight into the kinds of missions and tasks that the astronauts will be involved in, from suborbital science missions to commercial trips to low Earth orbit. The book also describes the new fleet of commerical spaceships being developed - reusable rocket-propelled vehicles that will offer quick, routine, and affordable access to the edge of space. The author also explores the possibility of private enterprise establishing interplanetary spaceports, lunar bases, and outposts on the surface of Mars.

Table of Contents

About the author
List of figures
List of tables
List of panels
List of abbreviations and acronyms

SECTION I The New Generation of Commercial Astronauts
1. The birth of the world's first commercial astronaut agency
2. Who becomes a commercial astronaut?
3. Medical qualification and training

SECTION II The Industry
4. Meet the industry
5. The new breed of space vehicles

SECTION III The Missions
6. Suborbital missions
7. Orbital missions
8. One small step for entrepreneurship

Appendix I
Appendix II
Appendix III

Extent: 240 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4614-0519-1

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