|Title:||Astronauts for hire : the emergence of a commercial astronaut corps|
|Authors:||Erik Seedhouse, Author|
|Publisher:||New York ; London ; Chichester : Springer-Praxis, 2012|
|ISBN / ISSN / EAN :||978-1-4614-0519-1|
|Size:||xxv, 243 p. / ill. (some col.) / 24 cm|
|Bibliography note:||Includes bibliographical references (p. 81-82) and index|
|Subjects:||Astronautics--Economic aspects ; Astronauts ; Manned space flight ; Outer space--Civilian use ; Space tourism|
The spaceflight industry is being revolutioniwed. 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 an insight into the kinds of missions and tasks that the astronauts will be involved in, from subortial science missions to comemrcial trips to low Earth orbit. The author also explores the possibility of private entreprise establishing interplanetary spceports, lunar bases, and outposts on surface of Mars.
|Contents note:||1. The birth of the world's first commercial astronaut agency 2. Who becomes a commercial astronaut? 3. Medical qualification and training 4. Meet the industry 5. The new breed of space vehicles 6. Suborbital missions 7. Orbital missions 8. One small step for entrepreneurship.|
Copies in the Library (1)
|Barcode||Call number||Media type||Location||Section||Status|
|012933||TL855.S43 2012||Book||ISU Central Campus library||Main collection||Available|