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