22 October 2011

A4H members talk TED, chase dreams, and jump out of airplanes

A4H members are involved in a number of worthwhile endeavors outside the Astronauts4Hire organization.  Today, we'll highlight a few recent examples.

Flight Member Melania Guerra, who recently completed her Ph.D. in oceanography, spoke at the September 2011 TEDxJoven@PuraVida event in San José, Costa Rica.  Her presentation titled "Realizando Sueños en Ambientes Extremos" (Fulfilling Dreams in Extreme Environments) focused on her passion for exploration of extreme environments from the seafloor to space, including how Astronauts4Hire helps her achieve her goals.  You can watch the video below, but note that it is in Spanish.

Melania isn't the only A4H member with ties to the TED organization.  Earlier this year, Associate Member Luke Hutchison was selected as a TED2011 Fellow and participated in the "TED2011: The Rediscovery of Wonder" conference in Long Beach, California.

YouTube made big waves last week with its announcement of the YouTube Space Lab initiative.  The exciting competition will allow a few winning teenagers to fly their experiments on the International Space Station next year.  Flight Member Luis Zea is a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado who works at BioServe Space Technologies developing hardware that will fly on YouTube Space Lab missions.  He has previously supported payloads on Space Shuttle and ISS missions as well.  In the video below, Luis describes the OptiCell Processing Module, which is one of the four hardware options students have to choose from for YouTube Space Lab experiments.

Luis also recently gave a tour of Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser mockup from his lab at the University of Colorado.  The Dream Chaser is being developed under NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Development (CCDev) program to take astronauts to the International Space Station.  Luis describes his role in supporting the the Dream Chaser in the video below.