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: