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How many astronauts will be made in 2005?

Posted by: The Legionnaire - Sun Jun 27, 2004 12:09 pm
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How many astronauts will be made in 2005? 

How many astronauts will the private sector create next year?
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How many astronauts will be made in 2005? 
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Post How many astronauts will be made in 2005?   Posted on: Sun Jun 27, 2004 12:09 pm
Now that Burt Rutan has proven that the private sector can create astronauts, let's try to speculate on how many astronauts will be created next year. That is, how many people will the private sector fly into suborbital space next year? There are a few factors to consider: The number of suborbital flights the private companies will make, the effect of having the same pilot do multiple flights, and whether the flights will carry passengers. What do you think?

Another related question: will the number of private astronauts in 2005 exceed the number of government astronauts in 2005? The government has the shuttle, Soyuz, and Shenzhou, while the private sector has SpaceShipOne, Black Armadillo, Wild Fire, and so on. (I know it's not a perfect comparison since the government astronauts go to orbit, but it still has symbolic value.)


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Post Re: How many astronauts will be made in 2005?   Posted on: Mon Jun 28, 2004 12:48 am
The Legionnaire wrote:
will the number of private astronauts in 2005 exceed the number of government astronauts in 2005? The government has the shuttle, Soyuz, and Shenzhou, while the private sector has SpaceShipOne, Black Armadillo, Wild Fire, and so on. (I know it's not a perfect comparison since the government astronauts go to orbit, but it still has symbolic value.)


Yes, but to be fair you should also add that you are only counting NEW astronouts.

I once read someplace that in the entire history of the space program only 150 people have become astoronauts (this data is probably dated). If in 2005 the private sector produces only 5 astronauts this year, it will count as a massive chunck of the whole. The goverment sector may not be sending up any NEW astronauts this year or even the next. :shock:


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