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20 Questions For Opifex Global About Their Astronaut Training Thing

3 Sep 2019, 21:19 UTC
20 Questions For Opifex Global About Their Astronaut Training Thing
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Keith's note: I have gotten several emails out of the blue from a Michael Maly at a PR firm called Above the Radar PR regarding a company called Opifex Global. I am sure other space meda have gotten emails too. Today's email says: "I'm reaching out in regards to any interest that you or your publication may have for coverage on the only privatized astronaut training facility in the world currently. Opifex Global successfully created a space program that greatly resembles the U.S. government's own by starting with the same assets and personnel. Their curriculum encompasses the same neutral buoyancy tanks, tools, simulators, spacesuits, and practical skills necessary for managing off-world operations."

If you visit their website you will see that it is rather ... sparse. They have 3 training options listed with links that all send you to the same inquiry form. One would think that "the only privatized astronaut training facility in the world" would offer a little more in the way of detail. So I sent them 10 questions and some follow-ups (below). I'll revise if they respond further.

In response to my first and last questions they replied "We are in direct contact with the National ...

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