Virgin Galactic Posts Help Wanted For Astronauts

Richard Branson Justin Hyde writes for Jalopink:

With NASA mothballing shuttles, and the Soviets auctioning seats on Soyuz capsules for millions of rubles, how are spunky American pilots supposed to prove they have the right stuff? By answering a want ad for astronauts from Richard Branson.

The crazy billionaire’s space tourism business, Virgin Galactic, has posted openings for “pilot-astronauts” to begin work in June. Virgin Galactic is still doing test flights of its Burt Ruttan-designed ships, but expects to launch the first “customer-astronauts” in two years from its spaceport in New Mexico, for the everyday low price of $200,000.

Virgin Galactic wants pilot-astronauts to have a minimum of 3,000 hours of flight experience in a variety of aircraft and help set the rules for future recruits. The other big hurdle? “Prior spaceflight experience is an advantage.”

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  • Youme

    I like Richard Branson. He seems like a cool guy and gives a lot to charity. I just wish that these billionaires would use their money and influence to radically change the world, instead of providing rides for the rich. If I was a billionaire, I would use the money to develop new energy technologies and develop self sufficient communities. The problem is not that there are not enough jobs or money to go around, the problem is we created a system that needs jobs and money. I rather tend my own garden, then participate in the numerous meaningless, destructive, soulless jobs society has to offer. I want to be truly happy. How can I be truly happy if my fellow man is suffering? In the end, we should be exploring inner space more than outer space. The universe is an effect, not a cause. Why should we get off this planet if we are only going to destroy another? Will we ever grow up?

    • freeyourself

      If you were a billionaire and you tried to positively change the world and free us from the shackles of suffering, you’d be a dead billionaire…

      • Youme

        That’s fine with me, who wants to be King of Turd Island? You can have your little earth, I’ll join eternity. In case you have not figured it out yet, the Earth is nothing but a cosmic insane asylum. You have been quarantined. Love is the only way out. Truth is the only way out.

  • Youme

    I like Richard Branson. He seems like a cool guy and gives a lot to charity. I just wish that these billionaires would use their money and influence to radically change the world, instead of providing rides for the rich. If I was a billionaire, I would use the money to develop new energy technologies and develop self sufficient communities. The problem is not that there are not enough jobs or money to go around, the problem is we created a system that needs jobs and money. I rather tend my own garden, then participate in the numerous meaningless, destructive, soulless jobs society has to offer. I want to be truly happy. How can I be truly happy if my fellow man is suffering? In the end, we should be exploring inner space more than outer space. The universe is an effect, not a cause. Why should we get off this planet if we are only going to destroy another? Will we ever grow up?

  • greengestalt

    I think the effort should be spent to make a “Space Elevator” first.

    IMO, a good idea for a “SeaStead”. The habitat could be towed to exactly the equator and affixed there. Then it’d be much cheaper to go into space and we’d have those ring space stations and asteroid miners and stuff.

    • Bud Bundy

      Space Elevators would be kick ass. We just need a new Star Trek that features one.

      Seriously.

  • Anonymous

    I think the effort should be spent to make a “Space Elevator” first.

    IMO, a good idea for a “SeaStead”. The habitat could be towed to exactly the equator and affixed there. Then it’d be much cheaper to go into space and we’d have those ring space stations and asteroid miners and stuff.

  • freeyourself

    If you were a billionaire and you tried to positively change the world and free us from the shackles of suffering, you’d be a dead billionaire…

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  • Bud Bundy

    Space Elevators would be kick ass. We just need a new Star Trek that features one.

    Seriously.

  • Youme

    That’s fine with me, who wants to be King of Turd Island? You can have your little earth, I’ll join eternity. In case you have not figured it out yet, the Earth is nothing but a cosmic insane asylum. You have been quarantined. Love is the only way out. Truth is the only way out.

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