For Immediate Release
Space Start-up Company Will Send First Female German Astronaut into Space in 2020
Contact: Kathryn Ryan
ASTRONAUTIN is the novel commercial project on track to send the first female German astronaut to the International Space Station around 2020. It represents a completely new approach to bring private human spaceflight to Europe, and its goals and objectives are presented in an article published in New Space: The Journal of Space Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. Click here to read the full-text article free on the New Space website through July 21, 2019.
The article “First Female German Astronaut: A Commercial Human Spaceflight Initiative ASTRONAUTIN” is authored by Claudia Kessler, Astronautin GmbH (Bremen, Germany), Insa Thiele-Eich, University Bonn (Germany), and Susanne Peters, Institute for Space Technology and Space Applications (Bonn, Germany). Funded by in-kind contributions of major players in the space field and by sponsors from the business sector, the German ASTRONAUTIN project has three main goals. Among these is to establish a female role model that will attract more women into engineering fields and Germany’s aviation and aerospace sector. Another goal is to conduct medical experiments and collect scientific data on the physiological and psychological effects on women in space. This unique private project with commercial backing introduces a new way of conducting a human spaceflight mission.
Astronautin GmbH is the first European commercial human spaceflight services company. It offers human spaceflight services from astronaut selection, tailor-made astronaut training, to mission operations and post-mission processing. Scientific experiment selection and development are part of the portfolio of Astronautin GmbH as well as education and press and outreach campaigns for space.
“NASA has recently announced that they will soon allow private astronauts to spend up to 30 days on the international space station. This is a very exciting time for privately funded space activities, and one of the organizations that may be able to take advantage of this opportunity in the near future is a German program called ASTRONAUTIN,” says Editor-in-Chief of New Space Ken Davidian, who has worked in the commercial space transportation industry for over 30 years. “The article that appears in this issue of New Space gives a comprehensive overview of that program and provides insights on how privately selected astronauts will be selected for their missions to space.”
About the Journal
New Space: The Journal of Space Entrepreneurship and Innovation is the only international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to academic, industry, and government contributions to space entrepreneurship and innovation. Spanning a broad array of topics including technological advancements, global policies, and innovative applications, the Journal brings the new space community together to address the challenges and discover new breakthroughs and trends in this epoch of private and public/private space discovery. Complete tables of content and a sample issue are available on the New Space website.
About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative medical and biomedical peer-reviewed journals, including Big Data, Soft Robotics, and Astrobiology. Its biotechnology trade magazine, GEN (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s more than 80 journals, newsmagazines, and books is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.