Welcome to my space training journey of preparation, reflection, and transformation. As part of my master’s degree, I am participating in aspects of spaceflight training to better inform my research and help to evaluate learning methods that may enhance that experience.
A key goal of my research has been to actively contribute to a transitioning commercial space industry while positively impacting future astronaut training programs. The practicum aspects of my master’s included a personalized fitness program, microgravity training (scuba and parabolic flight), simulation and g-force training, hypoxia training, wilderness first response training, and expedition management. Through my personal experience, I hope to inspire people to go after their dreams and pursue careers in whatever feeds their passion. Space is for everyone and I try to share this message everywhere I go.
I participated in each of these activities as a personal study to better understand the impacts and challenges future spaceflight participants may experience. Another motivation behind conducting this research is to consciously experience aspects of my own personal transformation. Although I may not be fully aware of each individual change as it happens, I will be able to look back and see the whole picture in detail upon completion.
This journey is only possible due to all of the support and encouragement I have received from my friends, family, and the aerospace community. As I continue forward, I am reminded of the wise words of a dear friend, “There’s more to explore!”
We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.
~ Carl Sagan, Cosmos