Welcome to the Career Astronaut Spaceflight Training Overview

As you may have read in the news or watched on television, the commercial space industry is rapidly growing. Private companies like SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Blue Origin open the opportunity and need for a greater human presence in space. You may have also noticed that there are more space startup companies either sending more satellites into orbit or developing more advanced drones and habitats to increase space mining and exploration opportunities. Most of this activity will require astronauts. NASA, ESA and other Space Agencies can’t do it alone and they need collaborative support.

Career Astronauts are trained to be spaceflight certified and ready to take on space missions and rapid deployment, but we don’t just train individual astronauts, we train astronaut teams. Career Astronauts are specialized teams designed to be the best at what they do, to get the most out of each moment they spend in microgravity, on the moon, Mars and beyond. We apply peer reviewed research, patented technology and decades of experience to prepare you and your team. If you’re looking to make a difference, contribute to the greater good by inspiring and motivating others in 118 countries around the world then we invite you to become a Career Astronaut.

This overview provides training expectations required to become a Career Astronaut. Their are three training program available:

Online Training
Career Astronaut Competition (includes Career Astronaut Training)
Customized Career Astronaut Training
All of our training programs offer the same professional team training. The main difference between training programs is cost and the amount of time invested. For example;

a 15-week intensive Career Astronaut Training program is 3-4 days of training per week
a 12-month Career Astronaut Training program is 30-40 hours per month
a 5 year part-time Career Astronaut Training program (the Competition) is astronaut training during the summer months (usually July/August)

When you complete our Online Training and Career Astronaut Training program you will be ready to take on space contract opportunities as a Career Astronaut Spaceflight Certified engineer, doctor, researcher, or any number of other fields that will require a human presence in space. We have 3 ways to begin your career:

Curriculum Overview

Using the 12-month timeline, here’s an overview of the Career Astronaut Spaceflight training stages. Unless contracted to complete a Mission, training stages 12 through 16 are for illustration purposes only.

Astronaut Training Process Timeline/
Deadline
Goal/Outcome

Training Summary

 

  • Career Astronaut Spaceflight Certification
  • Organizational Team Index (OTI) Evaluation at all stages
12 months Successful completion of Astronaut Training and Spaceflight Certification

Training Stage 1

 

  • Orientation
  • Mental/Physical Assessment
Month 1 Successful completion of required skills

Training Stage 2

 

  • High Stress Operations 101 & 102
Month 2 Successful completion of required skills

Training Stage 3

 

  • Environmental Survival 101
  • Aerospace Systems 101
Month 3 Successful completion of required skills

Training Stage 4

 

  • Space Physiology 101
  • Emergency Egress
Month 4 Successful completion of required skills

Training Stage 5

 

  • High Altitude Training
  • Microgravity Ops 101 & 102
Month 5 Successful completion of required skills

Training Stage 6

 

  • Flight Loads Exposure
  • Vehicle Procedural Training 101
Month 6 Successful completion of required skills

Training Stage 7

 

  • Spacesuit Ops 101
  • Long Duration Spaceflight 101
Month 7 Successful completion of required skills

Training Stage 8

 

  • High Stress Operations 201
  • Environmental Survival 201
Month 8 Successful completion of required skills

Training Stage 9

 

  • Aerospace Systems  201
  • Microgravity Ops 201
Month 9 Successful completion of required skills

Training Stage 10

 

  • Spacesuit Ops 201
  • Vehicle Procedural Training 201
Month 10 Successful completion of required skills

Training Stage 11

 

  • Flight Loads Exposure 201
  • Long Duration Spaceflight 201
Month 11 Successful completion of required skills

Training Stage 12

 

  • TBD by Mission Objectives
TBD Successful completion of required skills

Training Stage 13 – Mission Training

 

  • Mission Training for flight ready candidates
  • Mission Ops Training
    • Astronaut Specific Task assignments
  • Identify primary flight and secondary flight Career Astronauts
TBD Successful completion of required Mission Training

Stage 14 – Flight to ISS, Lunar Mission, Mars Mission, Gateway Mission

 

  • Active Flight Mission
  • AdvancingX supports NASA in monitoring and assessing individual health, team performance and documentation
  • Evaluate results against training expectations
  • Deliver team performance results
TBD

Successful completion of Flight Mission to:

 

  • ISS
  • Lunar
  • Mars
  • Gateway (Lunar/Mars)

Stage 15 – Mission

 

  • Active ISS Mission Ops, Lunar Ops, Mars, Ops, Gateway Ops
  • AdvancingX supports NASA in monitoring and assessing individual health, team performance and documentation
  • Document performance outcomes and evaluate results against training expectations
  • Deliver team performance results

TBD

 

(mission duration subject to space organizational needs)

Successful completion of Mission

Stage 16 – Return Flight & Post Mission

 

  • Evaluate and document Career Astronauts
    • well-being upon return to Earth
    • physical and psychological health
    • debriefing post spaceflight
    • performance expectations against training expectations and outcomes
  • Deliver team performance results
TBD