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Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Sunday, 10-21-12 October 22, 2012

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Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Sunday, 10-21-12


Guest:  Dr. Erick Seedhouse.  Topics:  Astronauts4Hire.com, commercial astronaut corps, & “Astronauts For Hire: The Emergence of a Commercial Astronaut Corps.”  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work, but must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies.  We welcomed Dr. Erik Seedhouse back to the program to discuss his new book, “Astronauts For Hire: The Emergence of a Commercial Astronaut Corps.” You can order the book from the following link & when you do, Amazon makes a contribution to The Space Show/OGLF:  www.amazon.com/Astronauts-For-Hire-Commercial-Exploration/dp/146140519X/ref=onegiantlea20. While our program was in two segments, again, our topics crossed segments so this summary is written without regard to segments.  Dr. Seedhouse introduced us to the organization, Astronauts4Hire.org which is also their website.  On their home page, you can subscribe to their newsletter and news alerts for the organization as they strive to build a commercial astronaut corps. Erik told us how to join up, the difference with Flight Members and Associate Members, what the flight qualifications consist of, and how they envision their role in flying citizen science experiments on the upcoming suborbital flights.  While we did mention orbital flights, Erik said the difference was significant with suborbital and for now the focus was completely on suborbital.  As you will hear, the book is much broader than the organization as he goes into many of the human factors impacting HSF, both on the suborbital level and the orbital level.  His book addresses the leading companies in the industry, NASTAR training for suborbital astronauts, and forward looking potential commercial space businesses.  One of the issues that can negatively impact suborbital human flight is space sickness and Erik spoke about this in some detail.  He also talked centrifuge training and G-forces on launch as well as the reentry. Near the end of the program, we talked about suborbital vehicle safety, launch abort, and crew escape.
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