Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Erik Seedhouse
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  3. Erik Seedhouse
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  4. Erik Seedhouse
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 165-184

About this book


Until recently, spaceflight has been the providence of a select corps of astronauts whose missions, in common with all remarkable exploits, were experienced vicariously by the rest of the world via television reports and Internet feeds. These spacefarers risked their lives in the name of science, exploration and adventure, thanks to government-funded manned spaceflight programs.

All that is about to change

The nascent commercial suborbital spaceflight industry will soon open the space frontier to commercial astronauts, payload specialists and, of course, spaceflight participants. Suborbital explains the tantalizing science opportunities offered when suborbital trips become routine and describes the difference in training and qualification necessary to become either a spaceflight participant or a fully fledged commercial suborbital astronaut.

Suborbital also explains how the commercial suborbital spaceflight industry is planning and preparing for the challenges of marketing the hiring of astronauts. It examines the role of commercial operators as enablers accessing the suborbital frontier and how a partnership with governments and the private sector will eventually permanently integrate the free market’s innovation of commercial suborbital space activities


After NASA Shuttle Program Blue Origin Flights Commercial Space Tourism Commercial Suborbital Flight Private Space Exploration Suborbital Astronaut Training Suborbital Payload Delivery Suborbital Reusable Vehicles Suborbital Science Experiments Virgin Galactic Flights XCor Aerospace Flights

Authors and affiliations

  • Erik Seedhouse
    • 1
  1. 1.MiltonCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03484-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03485-0
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