01 June 2017

Astronauts4Hire (A4H) is now the Association of Spaceflight Professionals (ASP)

Hello, aspiring astronauts and space enthusiasts!

We have some very exciting news.

After around a year of brainstorming, polling, and deliberation, Astronauts4Hire Inc., known in short as A4H, has officially been re-branded as the Association of Spaceflight Professionals, Inc., to be further abbreviated as ASP.

This move was made after multiple sessions of careful consideration from our members, executive team, board, and various advisers, with the goal of better serving our members and helping them meet their goals in the pursuit of spaceflight opportunities.

Astronauts4Hire was started with the goal of creating the world's first commercial astronauts corps; a group of people that commercial space companies could call up whenever they were in need of trained specialists to operate their spacecrafts and payloads and execute science experiments in space.

While that is still a big part of our mission, its now integrated into a larger, multi-faceted mission involving more immediate and direct ways that our members can be involved in the space industry, letting them build up skills and experiences that may eventually lead to spaceflight opportunities.

Our new website - spaceflightprofessionals.org - sports a social-based Member Center where our members can interact and chat in real time about education, professional development, astronaut training, relevant skills, research projects, space and science conventions and conferences, and so much more.

We want the new organization to focus on what A4H has always done best - act as a central hub to foster connections among aspiring astronauts and spaceflight professionals.

The creative collaboration of our members has been the catalyst to the organization's many successes, including Project PoSSUM, a program that resulted from a pitch for NASA's Flight Opportunities Program, the New Space Researchers Workshop, and many members being shortlisted for various stages of astronaut recruitment at NASA and CSA.

So here we are with a new name, a fresh new look, and a revamped mission that will build upon our previous successes and help us work towards new ones.

Thank you for sticking with us and we look forward to continuing to work with you all.


The Association of Spaceflight Professionals, formerly Astronauts4Hire.


09 February 2017

A4H Flight Member Makes it to Top 72 Candidates in Canadian Astronaut Selection Process

We would like to congratulate Dr. Aaron Persad, a Flight Member of A4H, for becoming one of top 72 candidates in the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut selection campaign.  Well-done Aaron! 

He is a tremendous asset to A4H.  Aaron set up a collaboration between our organization and students in the University of Toronto’s Department of Mechanical Engineering to develop a microgravity test bed.  It is designed to run experiments in parabolic flight, especially those involving fluids.  Another project he was instrumental in conceiving is that of a physical model of a bone cell to be tested in weightlessness.  Currently, Aaron is completing his post-doctoral fellowship in the Sinton Lab at the University of Toronto.

All of us at A4H wish him good luck during the next phase of the selection process.  We hope he will achieve his goal of becoming one of Canada's next astronauts.

25 December 2016

Hello everyone,

First off, I want to say thank-you.  A4H is going through many changes.  With the challenges commercial flight providers have faced in recent years, we are rethinking how to contribute to the space sector and present ourselves to the community.  Switching from seeking jobs as payload specialist astronauts to creating our own opportunities to fly in space is necessary but tremendously challenging.  We have many questions.  How can we design experiments and develop technologies that allow us to fly into space eventually?  Who can help us?  Should we build our own technologies or test those built by others?  How can we do so ethically and responsibly?

We are so grateful for the patience and support of our members.  Many of you are students.  With the cost of education and the job market as it is, especially in the aerospace sector, we recognize how hard it can be for you put money towards causes you care about.  Thank you for making us your priority.

We also want to thank our partners and sponsors.  One that deserves special mention is Fuze.  They have generously provided an online platform to help us hear one another’s voices and see each other’s faces over vast distances.  I do not know how we would do what we do without them.  Thank–you to the Fuze team for believing in us.

There are many who have devoted so much to A4H in the past and present.  Some founded the organization and have stayed with us to this day.  Others joined us more recently.  All have been generous by taking on A4H projects, connecting us with key organizations, volunteering their unique skillset, and offering insight during meetings.  We recognized a few of them could during our awards ceremony last weekend.  Here are the names of these outstanding contributors to A4H:

Dr. Brian Shiro
Mr. Amnon Govrin
Mr. Troy Cole
Dr. David Wassell
Mr. Brien Posey
Ms. Victoria Varone
Dr. Aaron Persad

Again, we cannot thank-you enough for your support over these years.  Happy Holidays to all!  Our best wishes go out to you and your families for a hopeful and prosperous 2017.

Peace on Earth,

Michael Gallagher M.D. C.C.F.P.
President and CEO