Thirteen Researchers See If They Have The Right Stuff
The National AeroSpace Training and
Research (NASTAR) Center's inaugural Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut
Training Course begins this week at its facility just outside
Philadelphia, PA. Thirteen researchers who plan to accompany
experiments on upcoming commercial space missions are expected to
The comprehensive, two-day course includes classroom
instruction, overview of the commercial spaceflight industry,
altitude chamber training, multi-axes centrifuge training for
launch and reentry accelerations, and several distraction factor
exercises with the goal of fully acquainting and preparing trainees
for the physical rigors and time, pressure constraints involved
during suborbital spaceflight.
The Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Training Course has been
developed by The NASTAR Center and is organized by Dr. Alan Stern
and Dr. Dan Durda of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). This
partnership provides an opportunity for the scientific community to
become educated about the potential to perform low-cost,
repeatable, hands-on projects and experiments in space in the near
Dr. Alan Stern said: "We are very much looking forward to the
NASTAR course ... , which will be our first dedicated
spaceflight familiarization activity. We're already preparing
research experiments for suborbital spaceflight and look forward to
soon seeing these experiments scheduled for flight."
"The coming era of commercial suborbital spaceflight offers
tremendous potential for the research and education communities,"
added Durda. "The NASTAR Suborbital Scientist-Astronaut Course will
provide us with important additions to our previous experience in
high-performance aircraft, as well as valuable new training
specifically aimed at getting us ready for suborbital spaceflight.
As researchers working in a challenging, dynamic environment like
that, it's important to be well-prepared to make efficient use of
the experiment time available to us in flight."
Brienna Henwood, Business Development and Program Manager for
Space and Research at The NASTAR Center said, "I am thrilled to add
the Suborbital Scientist Course to our current offerings. The
course is more than just physiology training, it provides an
overview about suborbital research and is ideal for anyone
interested in learning more about the growing opportunities that
rest within the commercial spaceflight industry."
Institutions sending researchers, students and grad students to
the inaugural program include: SwRI, Boston University, the Denver
Museum of Natural Sciences, the Johns Hopkins University Applied
Physics Laboratory (APL), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT), the University of Central Florida, and the University Space
Research Association (USRA).