Train like an astronaut and travel to space

FAQ

We are currently working with our partners to finalize the training curriculum and other logistical aspects of the Astronaut Program. We anticipate that the app and program will launch in 2017. More information will follow in the beginning of 2017.
Cohu is creating the Astronaut Program in cooperation with Fun Academy, Axiom Space LLC, NASA, and Edge of Space. Each of our partners contributes an essential aspect of the whole training experience.

Axiom Space provides astronaut training and flight opportunities to space
Fun Academy helps in creating the kids astronaut training experience
NASA provides training and educational material
Edge of Space has helped Space Nation to create new ways to connect audiences with space science and experiences, including launching payloads to space.
Space Nation aims to become the missing link between the global consumer masses and the exciting new space era that has begun. We are a gateway to space for everyone. This means we provide concrete tools, expertise, know-how, products, and services for space tourism and commerce. Space Nation offers astronaut training experiences at every level: from people who want to have a taste of it in their daily lives, to individuals who want to become real crew members on orbital space missions and beyond. We are creating an adaptive astronaut training and selection program that can be used in the future for space tourism or other commercial spaceflights.
We feel that the Astronaut Program is a concrete way to participate and build a community. We invite everyone to join Space Nation and help build new communities and educational possibilities for the future. There are many ways to do this; for example, we are currently offering Space Seed science kits for 100,000 Finnish school children, for free. We want to create a nation where everyone feels at home. A nation that inspires and rewards curiosity. We invite everyone to create the values, ideals and ultimately the constitution of Space Nation.
The winner of the first season of Space Nation will go on a sub-orbital flight, and then continue in the second season to compete for a longer visit to the ISS. We aim to offer a variety of spaceflight opportunities, and more than one each year in the future.
The first season winners will be more like “tourists”; in later seasons they are likely to be more like real astronauts, and first season winners will get the chance to take their training to the next level.
Participation is totally free – all you need is your smartphone, and the determination to succeed.
Each “season” is split into different phases, and comprises 3 months Virtual Bootcamp, 2 weeks Physical Bootcamp, 3 months filmed contest. The winners and backup crews will go through additional astronaut and mission training. This additional training will last from weeks to years depending on the destination and spaceflight mission that they are assigned.
The challenges are based on people developing their physical, intellectual, and social skills, and are designed in collaboration with the professionals that train NASA astronauts. Through the gamified challenges, astronaut training is designed to be adventurous, fun, and accessible for all.
We haven’t created diplomatic relations with Asgardia yet, but we will in the future. We welcome all new projects that inspire people through space. We differ from Asgardia, for example, by aiming to improve people’s lives through an aspirational training program that gives people the knowledge and skills to become potential astronauts, and create a community around this. We actually offer Space Nation residents a chance to travel to space, and have also sent science experiments to space already.
Astronaut training covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from science and technology to physical fitness, team psychology, and the day-to-day operations of space vehicles. There are different roles within each crew, and these will be explored as you progress through our mobile curriculum. Your abilities and achievements are tracked by assessing the progress you make in these different roles over time.
The short answer is “yes”. We are working together with real astronaut training specialists and your performance profile will be evaluated by them. The most promising candidates will be contacted with serious intent. Yes, the odds are long and you might never get that call, but with determination, dedication, and perseverance, some players will. One of those players could be you. The definition of what it means to be an astronaut is also changing, and we want to be at the forefront in defining it.
An entertaining experience loaded with space-related games, fun puzzles, and physical challenges. Space Nation gives you the chance to prove your mettle in a global competition, and the opportunity to peek inside the world of astronaut training at the dawn of a new space era. Players will make new friends and improve themselves in many ways. Those who excel can win fame and glory in our filmed contest, with the ultimate prize being a real-world space flight.
Tourist training focuses on safety issues, rather than, for example, carrying out maintenance or science experiments on the ISS. However, tourists still need to learn about living in space, the ISS protocols, microgravity, safe launching and landing, and survival skills.
NASA doesn’t certify external astronaut training programs; it’s the role of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and we plan to apply for that certificate in 2017. We have designed our astronaut training program so that it fulfills the necessary requirements to enter into NASA’s long duration crew member training. We are designing the program with our partner Axiom Space, and with the same professionals that train the current NASA astronauts.