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How could an Australian fly for NASA?

Old 11th Jul 2009, 05:20
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How could an Australian fly for NASA?

Is there anyway an unexperienced pilot in military could get a posistion in NASA flying aircraft such as the T-38?
Is it possible, becuase I love space and aviation..

Also, what type of work would NASA pilots do?
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Old 11th Jul 2009, 06:34
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Become a US citizen. Just ask Andy.
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Old 11th Jul 2009, 10:38
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At a guess

1) Turn unexperience into experience
2) Churn out a couple of post graduate qualifications in Aeronautics
3) Become a test pilot
4) Gain US citizenship
5) Join a long queue of extremely able and well qualified wannabe astronauts*
or
6) Do points 1,2,3 and then
7) Persuade Australia** to invest billions of dollars in a manned space programme and suggest an exchange programme with NASA

*The latest intake of astronauts draws heavily from those already employed by NASA in this type of role NASA - NASA Selects Nine New Astronauts for Future Space Exploration

** Europe's already doing this, so you could try HM Armed Forces as a stepping stone
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Old 11th Jul 2009, 10:50
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I thought that NASA had stopped sending up chimps a long time ago.
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Old 11th Jul 2009, 10:59
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A simpler way of getting into orbit would be to drop a lighted match in the dunny, or try asking Mad Max about the holocaust...
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Old 11th Jul 2009, 11:18
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Or pay Richard Branston a sh*t load to have a pax ride in his space ship thingy.
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Old 11th Jul 2009, 11:36
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Well at least on the Virgin ( truly going where no man has gone before ?! ) one might meet William Shatner...I couldn't help smiling when the late ' Scotty ' James Doohan was going to have his ashes fired into space; the rocket was delayed by...engine trouble !

Ye cannae deny the laws of physics Captain, she won't take it !
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Old 11th Jul 2009, 12:01
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Doctorates in Physics and Mathematics used to be a prerequisite, but it's been a while since I've looked .
Pilots were recruited exclusively from the US military (usu USAF), Andy and the other furrigners are scientific officers. I imagine that's still the case but lob into Jetblast and ask Con-pilot if you want to know for sure.
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Old 11th Jul 2009, 12:28
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Past chairman of the CASA board (Scully-Power), was an space traveller in the shuttle and of some of note considering he was the first Australian to do so. Google him or ask CASA (if they don'y charge for the information), and see how he did it.
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Old 11th Jul 2009, 12:42
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You need to have flown the "RJ" for KD.....

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Old 11th Jul 2009, 12:46
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Old 11th Jul 2009, 13:19
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Get US citizenship
join USAF
get to rank of Major
become USAF test pilot
become very good test pilot
apply to NASA.
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Old 11th Jul 2009, 23:30
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NASA is probably not recruiting pilots at present. They're winding down the current shuttle fleet, so presumably the need for practice or chase planes will decrease also.

It's probably easier to become an astronaut, although the competition is extremely tough and impressive.

Getting an advanced degree and becoming a mission specialist would be far easier, although the chances of getting a slot are thousands to one against.

Or win the lottery, and pay someone millions to take you to space.

Don't give up your dreams.

NASA - T-38 Supersonic Trainer Jet Gets New Home

Try "nasa pilot jobs" on a Google search.

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Old 14th Jul 2009, 09:18
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Nope, just started, although I posted this a week ago.. During school.

Get new username.
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Old 14th Jul 2009, 09:35
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Nope, just started, although I posted this a week ago.. During school.
Work hard and go for it. The dream has to start somewhere for it to become reality.
 
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Old 14th Jul 2009, 11:21
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a kiwi was head of nasas jet propulsion laboratory for many years,
so pretty much anything can happen
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Old 14th Jul 2009, 11:46
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What you say is true NSJ, but the essential difference is that LambOfGod is an Ocker, so he is at a disadvantage to start with.
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