Astronauts For Hire

The Emergence of a Commercial Astronaut Corps

  • Erik Seedhouse

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. The New Generation of Commercial Astronauts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 29-41
    3. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 43-82
  3. The Industry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 85-110
    3. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 111-138
  4. The Missions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 141-162
    3. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 163-178
    4. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 179-196
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 197-243

About this book


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.


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

Authors and affiliations

  • Erik Seedhouse
    • 1
  1. 1.MiltonCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-0519-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-0520-7
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