Virgin Galactic has begun its “Astronaut Readiness Program” this week, which is being run out of Below Armour International HQ to begin. Below Armour is Virgin Galactic’s accomplice on its official astronaut uniforms, which its first paying house vacationers will don on the corporate’s preliminary journeys past Earth.
The Astronaut Readiness Program is a preparatory course that every one of Virgin Galactic’s passengers undertake earlier than they’ll get their journey aboard the corporate’s VSS Unity sub-orbital spaceplane. It includes steerage and instruction supplied by Virgin Galactic staff members, together with its Chief Astronaut Teacher Beth Moses and Chief Pilot Dave Mackay. Each Mackay and Moses have been on Virgin’s February demonstration flight to house, and so can present not solely steerage based mostly on their appreciable experience, but additionally share insights from really having flown aboard the identical vessel that can take the corporate’s paying passengers up. Moses will advise on tips on how to get round on board the spacecraft, too.
Below Armour can also be concerned in this system, in additional methods than simply offering the outfits that passengers will put on. They’re offering steerage on how astronauts ought to put together with vitamin and health applications to prepared the house vacationers for his or her journey. A Virgin Galactic in-house medical staff can also be on-hand to seek the advice of with every passenger. Virgin’s clients don’t must match the strenuous bodily health necessities of NASA astronauts, however the firm says it’s nonetheless targeted on making certain its clients are wholesome and hale on their journeys.
Being an early buyer for Virgin Galactic means not solely coaching by way of applications just like the one run this week in Baltimore, but additionally serving to the brand new firm develop and refine its course of for future use.
“We’ll now be utilizing the suggestions from this week in Baltimore to construct on that mannequin,” Virgin Galactic mentioned in a press launch. “We mentioned with our Future Astronauts how the coaching and the group might be finest formed for these ready to fly and for individuals who have flown.”
Up to now, Virgin Galactic has 600 clients signed as much as fly aboard its SpaceShipTwo spacecraft, which launches from a custom-made cargo jet plane to succeed in sub-orbital house and supplies clients with a 90-minute flight, for $250,000 per ticket. It’s trying to launch its first flights for paying clients within the first half of subsequent 12 months.