A4H Members Complete PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Training

PoSSUM graduates (Credit: A4H)
PoSSUM graduates (Credit: A4H)

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (A4H PR) – Astronauts for Hire (A4H) would like to congratulate six of its members for completing the inaugural PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Qualification Program that was held from February 7-10, 2015 at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Project PoSSUM announced today that all graduation requirements for these candidates have been met.


NewSpace Researchers Workshop Set for May 4 in Houston

NSRW2015_logoTITUSVILLE, Fla. (A4H PR) – The inaugural NewSpace Researchers Workshop (NSRW) will take place on May 4, 2015 at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center in Houston, Texas. Held in conjunction with the Sea, Earth, and Space (SES) Summit, this event will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to develop successful research campaigns for parabolic, suborbital, or orbital flights. More information is available at http://nsrw2015.org.

“We developed this workshop to help researchers take practical steps to advance their projects from concept to flight,” said A4H President and CEO Brian Shiro. “Networking among participants at the workshop will foster cross-disciplinary collaborations in science and engineering that will move the commercial space industry forward.”


Astronauts4Hire Announces Commercial Astronaut Candidate Application Opportunity

astronauts4hireTampa, Florida, March 20, 2013 (A4H PR) – Astronauts4Hire (A4H) is pleased to announce that it is seeking highly qualified candidates to expand its cadre of prospective commercial astronauts. Individuals interested in becoming Flight Members can submit applications via the Astronauts4Hire website at http://forms.astronauts4hire.org/FMapplication by April 20, 2013. Selectees will be announced during the first week of June 2013 at the Next-generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in Broomfield, Colorado.


Astronauts4Hire Announces Commercial Astronaut Training Programs

Palo Alto, California (A4H PR) – After more than a year of development, Astronauts for Hire (A4H) is proud to announce its proposed training programs for Research Specialist Astronauts and Operations Specialist Astronauts. These programs, which were developed by the nonprofit in close consultation with former NASA astronauts and astronaut instructors, are the most comprehensive commercial scientist-astronaut training guidelines available in the world.


Astronauts4Hire to Test New Biometric Monitoring System

Tampa, Florida – Astronauts4Hire and partner company Vital Space will test a new biometric monitoring system designed for use by spaceflight participants on a May 2012 reduced gravity parabolic flight campaign in Houston, Texas.

They will undergo up to four flights with 40 parabolas each granting 25 seconds of near zero-gravity. The project is facilitated by NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program, to which Vital Space and Astronauts4Hire submitted a successful joint proposal chosen by NASA in October 2011 titled, “A demonstrated application of a cost effective and novel platform for non-invasive acquisition of physiologic variables from spaceflight participant candidates.”


Astronauts4Hire Becomes NSRC Sponsor

A4H PR – Tampa, Florida – Astronauts4Hire is pleased to announce that it has become a sponsor of the 2012 Next-generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resort in Palo Alto, California from February 27-29, 2012. The NSRC will bring together researchers from government, industry, and academia in the largest forum of its kind focused on the research and education capabilities of new suborbital vehicles.

“Astronauts4Hire grew out of NSRC-2010 and was a NSRC-2011 sponsor,” said Brian Shiro, President and CEO of Astronauts4Hire, “so it is fitting that we will once again support the suborbital research community by sponsoring the NSRC-2012. This will be a prime opportunity for A4H to demonstrate how far it’s come in its second year and where it’s going in the future.”


Astronauts4Hire Announces FuzeBox Support, Public Webinar for Astronaut Applicants

A4H PR — Tampa, Florida – Astronauts4Hire is pleased to welcome Fuzebox, Inc. to its growing list of supporters helping to further its mission to develop the next generation of astronauts. FuzeBox has granted the non-profit organization a professional-level license for its Fuze Meeting video conferencing and collaboration product.

“Fuze Meeting provides a facet of communication essential for Astronauts4Hire,” remarked Astronauts4Hire CTO Amnon Govrin. “It enables productive high-quality voice and video meetings among members within the organization.”

FuzeBox is a personal telepresence and visual collaboration SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) company whose vision is to empower global professionals with visual collaboration, real-time communication, community, and presence on any platform. Its flagship product is Fuze Meeting, which enables cloud-based multi-party web conferencing and an easy user interface. With its members spread out across the Americas, Europe, and Asia, Astronauts4Hire relies upon the Fuze Meeting virtual collaboration tool to connect its members as it builds the suborbital frontier.


Astronauts4Hire Granted 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status

A4H PR – Tampa, Florida –Astronauts4Hire is proud to announce it is now officially a public charity with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Contributions donated to Astronauts4Hire are fully tax-deductible retroactive to the founding of the organization on April 12, 2010. Astronauts4Hire is also now eligible to apply for government and foundation grants, which will further broaden its access to resources and strengthen its ability to serve the commercial spaceflight industry.


Astronauts4Hire Add TargetProcess to List of Sponsors

Tampa, Florida – Astronauts4Hire is pleased to announce its sponsorship by TargetProcess, Inc., an agile project management software provider. As part of the sponsorship, Astronauts4Hire is receiving complimentary licenses for TargetProcess’s online project management system. Astronauts4Hire uses TargetProcess to track tasks and concentrate on applying members’ volunteered time in the most productive way.

“We are an organization spread across the United States, Canada and Europe, so communication and structured collaboration are essential to our daily business,” said Astronauts4Hire Chief Technology Officer Amnon Govrin. “The customizability of TargetProcess’s On-Demand service have allowed us to adapt it to our unique needs.”


Astronauts4Hire Teams With Survival Systems USA

A4H PR – Tampa, Florida – Astronauts4Hire is pleased to announce that it has entered into an exclusive training partnership with Survival Systems USA for the purposes of emergency spacecraft escape and surface water survival training. Survival Systems USA will provide A4H members with the knowledge and skills necessary to react appropriately to post-landing emergencies and successfully perform an underwater egress with and without an Emergency Breathing Device, and to care for themselves in a sea survival situation.


Astronauts4Hire Names Astronauts and Instructors to Advisory Board

Astronauts4Hire Announces Creation of Advisory Board Comprised of Astronauts and Astronaut Instructors

Orlando, Florida – Astronauts4Hire proudly announces the creation of its Senior Technical Advisory Council (STAC). This group consists of well-established human spaceflight experts who will provide technical and strategic guidance to Astronauts4Hire as it trains a new breed of professional commercial astronauts who can be hired to conduct space missions.

“With such well-respected professionals advising us, Astronauts4Hire gains tremendous credibility as an organization that can effectively train its astronauts to meet and exceed customer expectations,” says Astronauts4Hire President Brian Shiro.


Astronauts4Hire Names New Commercial Scientist-Astronaut Candidates

A4H PR — Astronauts4Hire is pleased to announce the selection of its third class of commercial scientist-astronaut candidates. The nine new recruits were selected through a rigorous process that included consultation with former NASA astronauts.

“The selection process was painstaking,” said Astronauts4hire Vice President and Membership Chair Jason Reimuller. “We received numerous applications and over the course of a month had to chose only a handful of applicants who showed just the right balance of professional establishment, broad technical and operational experience, and a background that indicates adaptability to the spaceflight environment.”


Astronauts4Hire Complete Space Beer Test in Micro-G

A4H PR – Orlando, Florida – Astronauts4Hire has completed its inaugural paid contract to test the world’s first beer designed for consumption in space. The experiment, which marks humanity’s first formal study on alcohol absorption in microgravity, took place aboard a parabolic trajectory microgravity flight out of Cape Canaveral, Florida operated by Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G). Yesterday’s flight was the first in a series of microgravity flights qualifying the beer recipe for consumption in space, funded in part by sales of the beverage on Earth.


Astronauts4Hire is Hiring


Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut? Do you have specialized scientific, engineering, or operational experience relevant to human spaceflight? Now is your chance to make your dreams come true! Astronauts4Hire is seeking candidates to expand its cadre of prospective commercial astronauts. Applications are due February 5, 2011 for full consideration in this selection cycle.

“Astronauts4Hire continues to grow along with the emerging private spaceflight sector,” says its President Brian Shiro. “We need more motivated, highly competent flight members to help build the organization and train for payload operation on upcoming missions.”

Flight members are the “astronauts for hire” who are eligible to receive training support from the organization and be hired for flight jobs, including parabolic trajectory microgravity research flights. Astronauts4Hire’s training program is designed to develop flight candidates for both suborbital flights, such as those that will soon be provided by Virgin Galactic and XCOR, and for orbital flights such as those envisioned by companies like SpaceX.

Individuals interested in becoming flight members can submit their application via the Astronauts4Hire website, http://www.Astronauts4Hire.org/p/join.html, before February 5, 2011. Finalists will be asked to provide an FAA Class 3 flight physical and verification of their academic credentials within 90 days of selection. Selections will be announced at the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in Orlando, Florida by March 2, 2011.

Astronauts4Hire to Sponsor Next-generation Suborbital Researchers Conference

Astronauts4Hire Press Release

Astronauts4Hire is pleased to announce that it has become a sponsor of the 2011 Next-generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) to be held in Orlando, Florida from February 28 through March 2, 2011.

Brian Shiro, President and CEO of Astronauts4Hire, joined the conference’s scientific organizing committee, chaired by Dr. Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. “Astronauts4Hire grew out of the 2010 NSRC,” says Shiro, “so it is fitting that we give back to the suborbital research community by sponsoring the 2011 NSRC. This will be a prime opportunity for A4H to demonstrate how far it’s come in its first year and where it’s going in the future.”