20 December 2011

Season's Greetings from A4H

Dear friends of Astronauts4Hire,

In less than two years, A4H has made great strides as it fulfills its mission to build the next generation astronaut workforce. We'd like to express our profound gratitude to everyone who has made 2011 a breakout year of growth and success for A4H. Thanks to the support of A4H members, partners, and sponsors, we have achieved a lot in the past year, including:


Looking forward to 2012, we will continue to mature our training program, advance space research, and provide inspiration to aspiring astronauts of all ages. If you believe in the exciting potential of A4H and want to support our innovative leadership in the commercial spaceflight industry, please consider making a tax-deductible year-end gift to help lay a strong foundation for A4H in 2012. Just click the "Donate" button on our website, or contact us.

On behalf of everyone at Astronauts4Hire, I wish you a happy holiday season and successful New Year!

Warm regards,
Brian Shiro
President & CEO, Astronauts4Hire

15 December 2011

A4H Webinar on Astronaut Selection

Duane Ross (credit NASA)
The fundamental purpose of Astronauts4Hire is to provide for the needs of aspiring astronauts. While we are focused primarily on commercial spaceflight opportunities, a number of our members are also keenly interested in becoming NASA astronauts. With NASA's recent announcement that it is looking for new Astronaut Candidates, we thought there would be no better way to launch our public webinar capability with Fuze Meeting than by hosting a conversation on the current NASA opportunity with the Astronaut Selection Office. We are grateful that NASA's Astronaut Selection Manager Mr. Duane Ross participated in the event as our special guest expert.

The event was well-attended by 100 interested potential astronaut applicants, who were all encouraged to submit questions beforehand. We compiled the 100+ questions received into the top 20 to provide the main structure for the conversation. An open question and answer period at the end provided a further opportunity for guests to ask questions. The full list of questions and detailed notes describing Mr. Ross' responses are available as a PDF download.

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12 December 2011

Press Release: Astronauts4Hire Announces FuzeBox Support and Public Webinar for Astronaut Applicants

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December 12, 2011

Astronauts4Hire Announces FuzeBox Support and Public Webinar for Astronaut Applicants

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.

In addition to its role in facilitating internal communications within the Astronauts4Hire organization, Fuze Meeting is also a valuable public outreach tool. Astronauts4Hire will be hosting its first public webinar with the software at 3 p.m. EST on December 15, 2011. Mr. Duane Ross of the NASA Astronaut Selection Office will be the featured guest, providing insight and answering questions for anyone planning to apply for NASA’s current astronaut candidate application opportunity. Interested participants can RSVP and join the online meeting at http://a4h.eventbrite.com. Registration is limited to 100 attendees, but an audio recording will be available on the Astronauts4Hire website after the event.

"Along with Astronauts4Hire, we’re excited to be contributing to the launch of a new era of commercial space travel and exploration," said FuzeBox CEO Jeff Cavins. "Our intuitive, user-friendly software allows them to concentrate on their real mission, without the need for a lot of expensive equipment and training. In fact, Fuze Meeting makes videoconferencing and collaboration as easy as clicking on an email invitation link."

For its support of Astronauts4Hire, FuzeBox becomes an Astronauts4Hire Orbital Level sponsor. Astronauts4Hire thanks FuzeBox for generously supporting the growth of the commercial spaceflight industry. Sponsorship and donation inquiries can be sent to donate[at]astronauts4hire.org.

05 December 2011

A4H member featured in New Scientist magazine

A4H Flight Member Melania Guerra has always dreamed of being an astronaut. As this week's issue of New Scientist reports, she is using her background working in extreme environments along with her training through Astronauts4Hire to achieve that lifelong goal in the post-Shuttle era of spaceflight. The article titled "Aiming for the Stars" is in the current issue on newsstands now.

As the world's #1 science and technology news service, New Scientist is the most widely circulated science publication with a global readership of nearly 900,000. The article is available online or on newsstands this week in the 3 December 2011 issue (Issue 2841). A PDF version of the article is also available for download from the A4H website. New Scientist last featured A4H through its "One Minute with Brian Shiro" interview in July 2010. A4H thanks New Scientist for taking an interest in A4H's contribution to the developing commercial spaceflight industry.