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|Aired on October 21st, 2012|
|Guest: Dr. Erik Seedhouse|
|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, http://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. If you have comments or questions, please post them on The Space Show blog above. You can contact Dr. Seedhouse through me.|
|About our guest...|
Dr. Erik Seedhouse
Erik Seedhouse is an aerospace scientist whose ambition has always been to work as an astronaut. After completing his first degree in Sports Science at Northumbria University the author joined the legendary 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, the world’s most elite airborne regiment. During his time in the ‘Para’s’ Erik spent six months in Belize, where he was trained in the art of jungle warfare and conducted several border patrols along the Belize-Guatemala border. Later, he spent several months learning the intricacies of desert warfare on the Akamas Range in Cyprus. He made more than thirty jumps from a Hercules C130 aircraft, performed more than two hundred abseils from a helicopter and fired more light anti-tank weapons than he cares to remember! Upon returning to the comparatively mundane world of academia, the author embarked upon a Master’s degree in Medical Science at Sheffield University. He supported his master’s degree studies by winning prize money in 100km ultradistance running races. Shortly after placing third in the World 100km Championships in 1992 and setting the North American 100km record, the author turned to ultradistance triathlon, winning the World Endurance Triathlon Championships in 1995 and 1996. For good measure, he also won the inaugural World Double Ironman Championships in 1995 and the infamous Decatriathlon, the world’s longest triathlon, an event requiring competitors to swim 38km, cycle 1800km, and run 422km. Non-stop! Returning to academia once again in 1996, Erik pursued his Ph.D. at the German Space Agency’s Institute for Space Medicine. While conducting his Ph.D studies he still found time to win Ultraman Hawaii and the European Ultraman Championships as well as completing the Race Across America bike race. Due to his success as the world’s leading ultradistance triathlete Erik was featured in dozens of magazines and television interviews. In 1997, GQ magazine nominated him as the ‘Fittest Man in the World’. In 1999, Erik decided it was time to get a real job. He retired from being a professional triathlete and started his post-doctoral studies at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University’s School of Kinesiology. While living in Vancouver, Erik gained his pilot’s license, started climbing mountains and took up sky-diving to relax in his spare time. In 2005 the author worked as an astronaut training consultant for Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas and wrote ‘Tourists in Space’, a training manual for spaceflight participants. He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and a member of the Aerospace Medical Association. Recently, he was one of the final thirty candidates of the Canadian Space Agency’s Astronaut Recruitment Campaign. Erik currently works as manned spaceflight consultant and author. He plans to travel into space with one of the private spaceflight companies. As well as being a triathlete, skydiver, pilot and author, Erik is an avid scuba diver and has logged more than two hundred dives in more than twenty countries. His favorite movie is the director’s cut of ‘Blade Runner’, his favorite science fiction authors are Allen Steele and Stanislav Lem and his favorite science fiction series is Red Dwarf. ‘Prepare for Launch’ is his fifth book. When not writing, he spends as much time as possible in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii and at his real home in Sandefjord, Norway. Erik lives with his wife and two cats on the Niagara Escarpment in Canada.
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