26 February 2011

Press Release: Astronauts4Hire Announces Creation of Advisory Board Comprised of Astronauts and Astronaut Instructors


February 26, 2011

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.

The initial STAC members include a former NASA astronaut, a former corporate astronaut, and two former astronaut instructors:

  • Dr. Scott Parazynski – Physician and former astronaut who has flown 5 Space Shuttle missions and conducted 7 spacewalks, Dr. Parazynski is an expert on human adaptation to stressful environments; he has climbed the world’s highest mountain and dived in its highest lake. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer and Chief Technology Officer at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston.

  • Ken Trujillo – Senior System Engineer for Lockheed Martin and former NASA astronaut instructor, Mr. Trujillo’s experience spans hardware development, flight planning, test operations, and training astronauts on Crew Systems and EVA operations.

  • Dr. Leslie Wickman – Former Lockheed Martin Corporate Astronaut who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station programs, Dr. Wickman currently serves as Director of the Center for Research in Science at Azusa Pacific University and is a consultant on astronaut training and operations, spacesuit design, crew systems, spaceflight physiology, and more.

  • Lee Wooldridge – Independent human performance and training analysis consultant who led the team reviewing the Space Shuttle astronaut training system for Rockwell Space Operations Company after the Challenger accident and developed the International Space Station astronaut and controller training analysis for Barrios Technology.

The STAC will expand to include more experts as Astronauts4Hire continues to grow.

About Astronauts4Hire:
Astronauts for Hire, Inc. is a non-profit corporation poised to blaze new trails in the commercial spaceflight industry. Its members are available for hire by researchers to conduct experiments on suborbital flights. As the gateway to commercial human spaceflight, Astronauts4Hire serves as the matchmaker among the suborbital research community, training providers, and spaceflight operators. For more information, please visit www.Astronauts4Hire.org or contact Public Relations Officer Ben Corbin at ben.corbin[at]astronauts4hire.org or at (850) 685-2218.

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