Career Astronauts are trained to be spaceflight certified and ready to take on mission training and rapid deployment, but we don’t just train individual astronauts, we train astronaut teams. Career Astronauts are specialized teams designed to be the best at what they do, to get the most out of each moment they spend in microgravity, on the moon, and Mars. We use NASA patented technology combined with our own AdvancingX IP for Human-Machine Teaming, medical grade biosensors to monitor your health and performance, and decades of combined Subject Matter Expert experience to prepare you and your team.

Here’s an overview of the Career Astronaut Spaceflight training stages (online and in person):

Training Summary

  • Career Astronaut Spaceflight Certification
  • Organizational Team Index (OTI) Evaluation at all stages

Training Stage 1

  • Orientation
  • Mental/Physical Assessment

Training Stage 2

  • High Stress Operations

Training Stage 3

  • Environmental Survival 
  • Aerospace Systems 

Training Stage 4

  • Space Physiology 
  • Emergency Egress

Training Stage 5

  • High Altitude Training
  • Microgravity Ops 

Training Stage 6

  • Flight Loads Exposure
  • Vehicle Procedural Training 

Training Stage 7

  • Spacesuit Ops 
  • Long Duration Spaceflight

Training Stage 8

  • High Stress Operations 201
  • Environmental Survival 201

Training Stage 9

  • Aerospace Systems 201
  • Microgravity Ops 201

Training Stage 10

  • Spacesuit Ops 201
  • Vehicle Procedural Training 201

Training Stage 11

  • Flight Loads Exposure 201
  • Long Duration Spaceflight 201

At the completion of Stage 11 you are a Spaceflight Certified Career Astronaut who is ready for a spaceflight mission.

Training stages 12 through 16 are for assigned Missions:

Training Stage 12

  • TBD by Mission Objectives

Training Stage 13 – Mission Training

  • Astronaut Consulting and Mission Training Oversight for flight ready candidates
  • Mission Ops Training provided by outside consultant
    • Astronaut Specific Task assignments while onboard the ISS
  • Identify primary flight and secondary flight astronauts

Stage 14 – Flight to ISS, Lunar Mission, Mars Mission, Gateway Mission

  • Active Flight Mission
  • AdvancingX supports NASA in monitoring and assessing individual health, team performance and documentation of experiences
  • Document and evaluate results against training expectations
  • Deliver team performance results

Stage 15 – Mission

  • Active ISS Mission Ops, Lunar Ops, Mars, Ops, Gateway Ops
  • AdvancingX supports NASA in monitoring and assessing individual health, team performance and documentation of experiences
  • Document performance outcomes and evaluate results against training expectations
  • Deliver team performance results

(mission duration subject to space organizational needs)

Stage 16 – Return Flight & Post Mission

  • Evaluate and document Career Astronaut well-being upon return to Earth
  • Evaluate and document Career Astronaut physical and psychological health and well-being
  • Evaluate and document Career Astronaut debriefing post spaceflight
  • Evaluate performance expectations against training expectations and outcomes
  • Deliver team performance results