24 December 2015

Happy Holidays from A4H!

Dear friends,

From all of us at Astronauts for Hire, thank you for a your support in 2015. May you have a joyful holiday and very happy new year!

I am proud of our community of nearly 200 members, who work together to prepare for future careers as astronauts. Over the past year our members have completed training programs with Project PoSSUM and NASTAR, tested spacesuits for Final Frontier Design, and helped advance other new mission opportunities to grow the industry. We congratulate Blue Origin, SpaceX, Boeing, and others on major milestones reached in 2015 that advance commercial human spaceflight. We also thank NASA for once again accepting astronaut candidate applications and wish everyone who applies the best of luck throughout the selection process.

Wishing you a 2016 that is out of this world,

Brian Shiro,
A4H President and CEO

16 December 2015

Secret Space Escapes: Soyeon Yi interview

Space is a dangerous place. Astronauts are trained to respond to and overcome challenges that they encounter on their missions. Some of these near disasters are featured in the TV series Secret Space Escapes, which continues on the Science Channel.

A4H's Victoria Varone sat down with astronauts Linger, Curbeam, and Yi during their recent appearance at New York Comic Con. Here, we've posted her interview with astronaut Soyeon Yi. They discussed Yi's rough return to Earth in a Soyuz capsule after her mission to the ISS in 2008. Scroll down to read the whole interview but first check out this video on how she became Korea's first astronaut at the young age of 29!.

Meet Soyeon Yi: Korea's First Astronaut! from GoodNeighbors on Vimeo.

01 December 2015

Press Release: Astronauts for Hire Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement on December 1


December 1, 2015

Astronauts for Hire Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement on December 1

Titusville, Florida – Astronauts for Hire (A4H) is proud to join more than 30,000 other charitable organizations participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. A4H accepts donations on #GivingTuesday and all other days at www.astronauts4hire.org.

A4H is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides professional development opportunities for aspiring astronauts. A4H’s commercial astronaut candidates are accomplished scientists and engineers who can support a wide variety of payloads. The organization is instrumental in developing mission concepts into viable parabolic, suborbital, and orbital flight experiments, taking advantage of the next-generation of new commercial spacecraft currently in development. Several programs such as Project PoSSUM and others have demonstrated the abilities of A4H members to accomplish cutting-edge space research programs, while enabling potential flight opportunities for qualified personnel.

The team at A4H also works with school and STEM programs such as Project Lead the Way and World Space Week to help instill excitement and awareness of the commercial space industry in youth and local communities. Recent efforts across the United States and Canada have seen hundreds of excited secondary school students exposed to unique and dynamic curriculum showcasing what space can offer, and how they can be directly involved in the future.

"The development of the space frontier is the ultimate humanitarian goal to ensure a sustainable future for our species and our planet," said A4H President and CEO Brian Shiro. "A4H is a non-profit organization which advances that goal by supporting research and education initiatives to build a strong future for humanity in space. We are proud to embark on our second year with #GivingTuesday and make an impact with this global conversation."

A4H is on the forefront of the new commercial space revolution, and is working to inspire the next generation of engineers and astronauts. For more details and to support Astronauts for Hire as the nonprofit of your choice, please visit:


10 November 2015

Secret Space Escapes: Jerry Linenger interview

Space is a dangerous place. Astronauts are trained to respond to and overcome challenges that they encounter on their missions. Some of these near disasters are featured in the new Secret Space Escapes, which premiers tonight on the Science Channel.

A4H's Victoria Varone sat down with astronauts Linger, Curbeam, and Yi during their recent appearance at New York Comic Con. Here, we've posted her interview with former astronaut Jerry Linger. They discussed what the "right stuff" is for crew selection and how he survived the 1997 Mir fire. Scroll down to read the whole interview, but first check out this clip from the first episode of Secret Space Escapes.

07 November 2015

A4H Newsletter Issue #7

Astronauts4Hire is pleased to present Issue 7 of The A4H News! Feature articles include "Alive & Well in Space", "G-CAP: A Novel Platform for Microgravity Research", "Meet an A4H: Jonna Ocampo", "Simulating Mars", recaps of recent A4H activities, and more!

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08 September 2015

A4H Flight Member Completes Course in Space Medicine

September 8th, 2015

A4H Flight Member Completes Course in Space Medicine

Dr. Michael Gallagher, the Life Sciences Committee Team Lead and a Flight Member at Astronauts4Hire, recently completed a one month Principles of Aviation and Space Medicine course at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX.  There, he learned a wealth of information from current and former NASA flight surgeons, astronauts, and leading scientists in the field of aerospace medicine. As part of the course, he toured Johnson Space Centre and completed training in altitude and hyperbaric chambers.  Dr. Gallagher is confident that the knowledge and experience he gained there will help him contribute further to the space sector as a physician and eventually, as a commercial astronaut. This October, he is scheduled to do further training through the Project PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut program held at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

18 March 2015

Press Release: A4H Members Complete PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Training


March 18, 2015

A4H Members Complete PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Training

Titusville, Florida – Astronauts for Hire (A4H) would like to congratulate six of its members for completing the inaugural PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Qualification Program that was held from February 7-10, 2015 at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Project PoSSUM announced today that all graduation requirements for these candidates have been met. These members include:

  • Pete Freeland of Redondo Beach, CA
  • Jamie Guined of Houston, TX
  • Heidi Hammerstein of Pembroke, GA
  • Dr. Paul McCall of Hollywood, FL
  • Jonna Ocampo of Kapolei, HI
  • Jeffrey Scallon of Tampa, FL

“The A4H members who graduated from the program offered valuable operational insights that helped refine the curriculum for this new training program,” said Project PoSSUM Principal Investigator Dr. Jason Reimuller. “We are committed to provide opportunities where our graduates may conduct valuable scientific research on commercial spacecraft.”

The PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut program is a four-day training program designed in part by former NASA astronaut instructors to prepare scientists for potential missions through Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere). This project uses commercial suborbital spacecraft and high-altitude manned balloons to study rare noctilucent clouds that can help scientists address critical questions about the Earth’s climate. It evolved from the “Noctilucent Cloud Imagery and Tomography Experiment,” selected by NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program in March 2012 as experiment 46-S.

Students in the program learned about upper-atmospheric science while participating in realistic mission simulations developed in partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The simulations trained the candidates to effectively use PoSSUM imager systems to study noctilucent clouds during suborbital flight. In addition, candidates received comprehensive training in spacesuit operation, high-altitude and hypoxia awareness, and aerospace physiology.

“I feel very fortunate to be part of such a special opportunity,” remarked PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut candidate Pete Freeland. “This is an exciting time to be involved in spaceflight, and I am honored to help make a difference in our world through this groundbreaking research.”

The next PoSSUM scientist-astronaut class will occur at Embry-Riddle from October 10-14, 2015. Online applications are at www.projectpossum.org/register.

15 February 2015

Press Release: NewSpace Researchers Workshop to be held on May 4, 2015 in Houston


February 15, 2015

NewSpace Researchers Workshop to be held on May 4, 2015 in Houston

Titusville, Florida – The inaugural NewSpace Researchers Workshop (NSRW) will take place on May 4, 2015 at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center in Houston, Texas. Held in conjunction with the Sea, Earth, and Space (SES) Summit, this event will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to develop successful research campaigns for parabolic, suborbital, or orbital flights. More information is available at http://nsrw2015.org.

"We developed this workshop to help researchers take practical steps to advance their projects from concept to flight," said A4H President and CEO Brian Shiro. "Networking among participants at the workshop will foster cross-disciplinary collaborations in science and engineering that will move the commercial space industry forward."

Commercial space industry experts will speak on topics ranging from flight platforms to funding strategies, science applications, and outreach opportunities. Breakout sessions will allow participants to share their specific projects and explore unanswered questions in small groups. All sessions of the NSRW will be live-streamed online, and recordings will be available for purchase afterward for those who cannot attend in person.

A free three-part Google Hangout webinar series prior to the meeting will help participants learn about flight opportunities and develop their research ideas. These include:

  • February 19, 2015 - Science research campaigns with guests Dr. Steven Collicott of Purdue University and Dr. Jason Reimuller of Project PoSSUM.
  • March 12, 2015 – Technology development with guests Steve Ord of the NASA Flight Opportunities Program and Ted Southern of Final Frontier Design.
  • April 2, 2015 - Citizen science and outreach with guests Stephen Heck of the Arete STEM Project and Edward Wright of Citizens in Space.

Registration for the NSRW is open. Early Bird registration pricing ends on March 1. Registrants of both the NRSW and SES Summit will receive a special $75 discount off SES Summit registration, and A4H members can register for the NSRW at the reduced price of only $75. Limited exhibitor and session sponsorships are available. For more information, please see http://nsrw2015.org.