Logo - springer
Slogan - springer

Engineering - Mechanical Engineering | Astronauts For Hire - The Emergence of a Commercial Astronaut Corps

Astronauts For Hire

The Emergence of a Commercial Astronaut Corps

Seedhouse, Erik

2012, XXV, 243 p. 104 illus., 101 illus. in color.

Available Formats:

Springer eBooks may be purchased by end-customers only and are sold without copy protection (DRM free). Instead, all eBooks include personalized watermarks. This means you can read the Springer eBooks across numerous devices such as Laptops, eReaders, and tablets.

You can pay for Springer eBooks with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

After the purchase you can directly download the eBook file or read it online in our Springer eBook Reader. Furthermore your eBook will be stored in your MySpringer account. So you can always re-download your eBooks.


(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-1-4614-0520-7

digitally watermarked, no DRM

Included Format: PDF

download immediately after purchase

learn more about Springer eBooks

add to marked items


Softcover (also known as softback) version.

You can pay for Springer Books with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

Standard shipping is free of charge for individual customers.


(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-1-4614-0519-1

free shipping for individuals worldwide

usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days

add to marked items

  • Discusses the hiring of commercial astronauts by private enterprise for space missions to near and deep space, including the Moon, Mars, and beyond
  • Provides important insights into the burgeoning new field of commercial space operation
  • Describes how the program Astronauts for Hire and other groups will coordinate with the suborbital and orbital research community

The spaceflight industry is being revolutionized. It is no longer the sole preserve of professional astronauts working on government-funded manned spaceflight programs. As private companies are being encouraged to build and operate launch vehicles, and even spacecraft that can be hired on a contract basis, a new breed of astronauts is coming into being.

Astronauts for Hire describes how this commercial astronaut corps will be selected and trained. It provides a unique insight into the kinds of missions and tasks that the astronauts will be involved in, from suborbital science missions to commercial trips to low Earth orbit. The book also describes the new fleet of commercial spaceships being developed - reusable rocket-propelled vehicles that will offer quick, routine, and affordable access to the edge of space. The author also explores the possibility of private enterprise establishing interplanetary spaceports, lunar bases, and outposts on the surface of Mars.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » A4H Astronauts - Astronaut training - Astronauts4Hire - Commercial spaceflight - Commercial spaceflight industry - Earth orbit - Orbital missions - Space vehicles - Suborbital missions

Related subjects » Innovation - Technology Management - Mechanical Engineering - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents / Preface 

Popular Content within this publication 



Read this Book on Springerlink

Services for this book

New Book Alert

Get alerted on new Springer publications in the subject area of Aerospace Technology and Astronautics.