Prepare for Launch
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Prepare for Launch

The Astronaut Training Process
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Erik Seedhouse
595 g
243x173x18 mm
Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration Springer Praxis Books

Today's astronauts require many abilities. This text introduces the myriad technologies and activities that constitute or affect astronaut training, such as emergency procedures, virtual environment training, and the fixed-based and motion-based simulators.
Provides unique insights into the current application, selection, and training processes of astronauts in the U.S., Canada, and Europe
Shows the dramatic changes in astronaut training required for the ambitious multi-year missions planned to the Moon, Mars, and elsewhere

Draws upon interviews with other astronaut candidates about the
regimen and rigors of astronaut training
Section 1: Becoming an Astronaut. The Application Process. The Selection Process.- Section 2: Training for Life in Space. Astronaut Training. Technical Assignments. Types of Missions. Mission Traning.- Section 3: Before Launch. Behind the Scenes. Countdown to the First Flight. The Final Count.
Today's astronauts require many different abilities. They must not only be expert in performing flight simulations but must also be proficient in such dissimilar subjects as photography, thermodynamics, electrical repairs, flight procedures, oceanography, public affairs, and geology. In Prepare for Launch, the author introduces the technologies and myriad activities that constitute or affect astronaut training, such as the part-task trainers, emergency procedures, the fixed-based and motion-based simulators, virtual environment training, and the demands of training in the Weightless Environment Training Facility. With plans to return to the Moon and future missions to Mars, the current selection criteria and training are very different from those used for short duration mission Space Shuttle crews. Dr. Erik Seedhouse in this book focuses on how astronaut candidates are taught to cope with different needs and environments (for example, hibernation, artificial gravity, and bioethics issues) and also includes brief discussions of the astronaut application and selection process.