I’d like to share with you my journey. It’s the physical manifestation of my aspirations. I’m going to document my progress as I complete milestones on the path of commercial spaceflight training.
(I will post my disclaimer now: I will in no way refer to myself as an astronaut, nor an astronaut candidate, nor make any assumptions or predictions concerning my competitiveness to ever be selected for a flight.)
What I will do is share my experience as I work through the various practical aspects of spaceflight training. Each post in this series will focus on a specific skill or event required for human spaceflight. From flight training to microgravity simulation, I will document my accomplishments and discuss how they pertain to preparing an astronaut for space.
My goal is to inform and entertain. And maybe, if I do this well, I will be lucky enough to inspire someone too. I will make no arguments suggesting commercial astronautics is superior or inferior to federal programs, nor extol one spacecraft manufacturer over another. I will, however, be an advocate for the potential of commercial spaceflight. This series will focus on the commercial space industry, not NASA. That is not to say I won’t reference NASA’s astronaut training – how could I not? Expect though that my posts will discuss training specifically addressing commercial suborbital and orbital projects.
Please follow along and share this at your leisure. I will post to this series on a semi-regular basis, or as often as I have the opportunity to complete another milestone. I do this not because it is easy, but because it is hard – to keep a schedule!
Casey Stedman, Fairview Heights, Illinois – February 23rd, 2016