Now Hiring: Astronauts To Drink Beer In Outer Space
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This is the only acceptable reason to leave Los Angeles and relocate to Florida: Astronauts4Hire is seeking prospective commercial astronauts.
With great adventure comes great staffing needs, and A4H intends to grow its "private astronaut workforce," reports Neon Tommy, to staff tourist missions and assist in research/development experiments as companies like Virgin Galactic, XCOR, SpaceX, and Bigelow Aerospace develop spacecraft and accommodations for the casual visitor to the final frontier.
Since launching last spring, 17 flight members have joined up, many from NASA or other space agencies. Total training time is approximately six weeks with a minimum $14,000 price tag. Costs, however, vary based by applicant goals and scholarship fundraising.
In February, the company will execute it's first contract with "a parabolic trajectory flight to test the world's first beer produced for drinking in space," reports Neon Tommy. A joint venture between Saber Astronautics Australia and the 4-Pines Brewing Company, Vostok Space Beer will be sampled by an A4H flight member during "periods of weightlessness."
Astronaut hopefuls can apply to be a flight member until Feb. 5. Finalists will be announced by March 2.