In the interview, Shiro explains how A4H will play an important role in defining what it means to be a commercial astronaut. When asked about the future of NASA and commercial human spaceflight, he replied:
Anyone following the discussions on NASA’s future lately has heard a lot about ... commercial vs. government ... Although the term “commercial crew” is used often, people are usually talking the vehicles and not the astronauts.
In other words, the “crew” has largely been left out of the equation so far. Astronauts4Hire is filling that void by building a viable solution for developing the commercial astronaut workforce.
Brian joins a long list of interesting people who have been past subjects of Pars3c High 5 posts, including astronauts Scott Parazynski and Kevin Ford.
Pars3c (pronounced “PAR-seck”) is a space blog written by Canadian journalist Elizabeth Howell. Associated with the Space Tweep Society, her blog offers original articles on astronomy, spaceflight, and other space related topics. We thank Elizabeth for interviewing Brian and helping spread the word about Astronauts4Hire.