Tourists in Space, 1st Edition

  • Erik Seedhouse
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  • ISBN-10: 0387746447
  • ISBN-13: 9780387746449
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 314 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released May 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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Overview

Recent surveys have provided new and updated information into public insights of the nascent space tourism industry. Erik Seedhouse uniquely explores in detail the cutting-edge technologies, spacecraft capabilities, launch vehicles and the training that will define this commercial enterprise. The author also provides a manual for future suborbital and orbital private space explorers. This overview of the space tourism market is based upon choices the spaceflight participant must make, such as choice of agency, mode and spaceport. A detailed explanation is given of the medical requirements for spaceflight participants, with special reference to potential waiver criteria. Over half of the book is a comprehensive astronaut training/instructional manual that addresses each of the 15 subjects required for suborbital and orbital flight. A DVD with instructional lectures in the form of powerpoint slides is included. Erik Seedhouse provides a much needed, well-rounded understanding of what promises to be the most dynamic, multi-faceted and exciting industry in the world. He demonstrates why this industry may soon define the new norm in space travel.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Preface.
Acknowledgments.
Dedication.
About the author.
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
Abbreviations and acronyms.
Introduction: Commercial Potential for Space Tourism.
1: Defining Space and Space Tourists.
2: The Demand for Space Tourism.
3: Regulatory Issues.
4: Legal Considerations and Regulations.
5: Safety.
6: References.
7: Strapping Rockets to Dreams: The Significance of SpaceShipOne.
8: The Flight of N328KF.
9: What Happened Next.
10: Lessons Learned from SpaceShipOne.
11: The Future.
12: Suborbital Company Profiles, Technology Drivers, and Mission Architecture.
13: Suborbital Flight Risks.
14: Cost of Training and Flight.
15: Suborbital Companies.
16: Virgin Galactic.
17: Rocketplane.
18: SpaceDev.
19: XCOR Aerospace.
20: EADS Astrium.
21: Starchaser.
22: Blue Origin.
23: Armadillo Aerospace.
24: Da Vinci Project.
25: References.
26: Medical and training requirements for suborbital flight.
27: Training and Medical Requirements for Suborbital Flight.
28: Information for the Spaceflight Participant Medical Certificate.
29: Generic Suborbital Training Program.
30: Day 1.
31: Day 2.
32: Morning of Day 2.
33: Afternoon of Day 2.
34: Day 3.
35: Morning of Day 3.
36: Afternoon of Day 3.
37: Day 4.
38: Morning of Day 4.
39: Afternoon of Day 4.
40: Day 5.
41: Morning of Day 5.
42: References.
43: Orbital Flight: The Orbital Experience, Company Profiles, Mission Architectures, and Enabling Technologies.
44: Changing the Orbital Launch Industry.
45: Who can Afford Orbital Flight?.
46: The Orbital Experience.
47: The Flight.
48: Orbital Flight Risks.
49: Company Profiles.
50: Bigelow Aerospace.
51: Space Exporation Technologies.
52: Rocketplane Kistler Aerospace Corporation.
53: Spacedev, Inc/Benson Space Company.
54: Transformational Space Corporation.
55: References.
56: Medical Certification: Spaceflight Participant Medical Standards and Certification.
57: The Spaceflight Environment.
58: Medical Examination.
59: Medical Standards.
60: 1 Endocrine System.
61: 2 Genitourinary System.
62: 3 Respiratory System.
63: 4 Cardiovascular System.
64: 5 Gastrointestinal System.
65: 6 Neurological.
66: 7 Psychological and Psychiatric Evaluation.
67: 8 Ophthalmology.
68: 9 Ear, Nose, Throat, and Equilibrium.
69: 10 Musculoskeletal System.
70: 11 Hematological and Immunologic Function.
71: 12 General Medical Condition and Discretionary Issuance.
72: Certification Procedures.
73: References.
74: Training for Orbital Flight.
75: Orbital Training Syllabus.
76: Week 1.
77: Week 2.
78: Week 3.
79: Week 4.
80: Week 5.
81: Module 1 Introduction to the space environment.
82: Module 2 Survival training.
83: Module 3 Medical training.
84: Module 4 G tolerance and high-altitude indoctrination training.
85: Module 5 Space motion sickness and zero-G theory.
86: Module 6 Onboard systems orientation and generic vehicle orientation.
87: Modules 7 and 8 Flight and emergency procedures.
88: Commercial Applications of Space Tourism.
89: Commercialization Timeline.
90: Support Infrastructure.
91: Research.
92: Space Diving.
93: Advanced space tourism.
94: Lunar Tourism.
95: Venus.
96: Mars.
97: Asteroids.
98: Europa.
99: Exoplanets.
100: Hazards of Extreme Space Tourism.
101: Epilogue.
Index.
Color Section.