Astronauts wanted!!! No Jokes…

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There’s a job opening in Houston that a pilot with particular qualities might want to explore: NASA is hiring astronauts for future missions that range from low orbit to Mars. Applications are being accepted online through Feb. 18, 2016.

Many readers will not continue beyond the previous sentence, having already begun filling out that application, but here’s the rest of the story for those who return after submitting, and for the rest of you.

“Today, more new human spacecraft are in development in the United States … than at any time in history, and future Astronaut Candidates will have the opportunity to explore farther in space than humans have ever been,” NASA notes in its online job summary. NASA is developing its own deep space capability, and has helped private companies prepare to handle much of the other sorts of space work, such as deliveries to and collections from the International Space Station. NASA astronauts may be assigned to any of these missions.

Orion, on the other hand, is being developed with far more distant goals in mind, including Mars. NASA is also working on the Space Launch System, the “most powerful rocket we’ve ever built,” to launch Orion deep into the solar system.

Heavy lifting may be required: on May 13, 1992, following the successful capture of the Intelsat VI satellite, three astronauts continue moving the 4.5 ton communications satellite into the space shuttle Endeavour's cargo bay. NASA photo.
Heavy lifting may be required: on May 13, 1992, following the successful capture of the Intelsat VI satellite, three astronauts continue moving the 4.5 ton communications satellite into the space shuttle Endeavour’s cargo bay. NASA photo.

Successful candidates will join the current corps of spacefarers and prepare to carry on a tradition that began when a class of seven was chosen to become America’s first citizens in space.

The current positions are open to U.S. citizens who pass a background investigation, drug screening, and pre-employment medical, and provide a financial disclosure statement. Other requirements include travel (NASA astronauts train to crew both the International Space Station and Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft in addition to the coming NASA ships), and astronauts also represent both the space agency and the country as role models and educators.

The posted salary range is $66,026 to $144,566 annually. A bachelor’s degree in engineering, biology, physics, computer science, or math is also among the requirements, along with at least three years of “related, progressively responsive, professional experience obtained after degree completion OR at least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft.”

You may now begin polishing your résumé.

Credit : AOPA.org, Jim Moore

Published On : 24 December 2015


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My instructor has strict personality which makes it difficult to have friendly talk with him or even difficult to ask any question about aviation and my flying. Usually my instructor turns up to the flight just the minute before I start the engine and goes away as soon as I land and switch off the engine. Even though for a long time I get charged for preflight and post flight but I find difficult to question him. Thirty minutes ground I get charged for each flight. It doesn’t seem too much money for 30 minutes but it adds on when you fly over fifty flights. when I talk about this to other students it seems like many students goes through the same issue with their instructor which made me think this issue it just common in the flight schools.
My course fee had been quoted as $45,500. The school did mention this price is for 40 hours of private pilot license and they did inform me most of the students completed around 50 hours to 60 hours. So I expected couple of $1000 to increase it to a final price. But when I checked my school account on the day I got my instrument rating, I have spent around $49000 already. I still have multi engine commercial license pending and also 30hours of hours building. This is going to push the price more than $15000 than quotation quoted price. The school knows that once you start your training you just have to agree the price and pay for it without questioning them. That’s what many students did in the past. I can see that these extra charges will carry on in this flight training industry.
I started my job in USA after years of saving and clear research. I found this company in India and they guaranteed an airline pilot job as soon u complete your commercial license. It’s a dream come true for any student pilot to start a training and to know you will be flying for a airline as soon as you finish the training especially when you have spend over 40000$. The job confirmation they provided us didn’t look fake to me as the document had job details and an approved stamp from aviation authorities. Once I completed my training, I returned to India in such a joy that my parents are going to see their son as first officer in an airline. All my dreams just shattered when I went to the office in India to find out when I can start my job. It completely shocked me when they told that I am on a waiting list with other pilots and that they couldn’t tell me the exact time period for a job and I need to wait. Be careful of these fake agents and companies.
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