Astrowright joins rich Nevada aerospace legacy

Apollo 17 astronauts Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan (left to right) examine rocks at Lunar Crater in Nye County, Nevada, prior to their 1972 flight to the Moon. (Credit: NASA)

When people think of space exploration, few first think of the vast, sun-swept deserts of Nevada.  However, just beyond the reach of the Las Vegas glitz is a history rich with NASA astronauts, nuclear-powered rockets destined for Mars, the first pen designed to write in space, and even a spaceport once on the books.

Now, if the entrepreneurial gamble of Astrowright Spaceflight Consulting (Astrowright) and several other local space flight, development, and support services firms pays off, Nevada will soon become synonymous with space.

A full-scale mockup of a NERVA nuclear rocket engine. NASA’s Nuclear Rocket Development Station was located in Nevada at the former Nevada Test Site. (Credit: NASA)

Joining both long-standing and newer aerospace companies in and around the Vegas valley, such as Arcata Associates, Bigelow Aerospace, Flightline Films, Microlaunchers, and Fisher Space Pen, Astrowright aims not only to ramp up the “NewSpace” aerospace market with a spectrum of custom spaceflight services, but it also hopes to help establish aerospace as a secondary economic industry in the region to tourism, supplying jobs and stimulus that the forclosure-crippled community sorely needs.

As part of a new education and outreach initiative intended to increase public awareness and support for the aerospace legacy of Nevada, Astrowright is launching the “Nevada Space Exploration” exhibit initiative.  In the coming weeks and months, look for videos highlighting exciting and little-known aspects of space history in Nevada, eventually culminating in an interactive museum exhibit currently being designed.

The first of these videos, presented below, highlights the NASA-Atomic Energy Commission’s Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Applications (NERVA) Program.  Located at the former Nevada Test Site, the JFK-endorsed research at the Nuclear Rocket Development Station built and tested visionary rocket engines designed to power human exploration of the planet Mars.

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Astrowright staff present fitness, flight readiness services at NSRC 2012

Astrowright Fitness Director Ashley Boron presenting at NSRC 2012.

Astrowright Principal Research Scientist Ben McGee and Fitness Director Ashley Boron gave pioneering preflight fitness and spaceflight readiness presentations at this year’s record-breaking  Next-Generation Suborbital Researcher’s Conference (NSRC), a unique gathering of spaceflight professionals held February 26-29 in Palo Alto, California. 

Organized by the Southwest Research Institute, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, and NASA Ames Research Center, NSRC 2012 set records for both attendance and sponsorship and was the third-annual gathering of its kind, rallying scientists, spacecraft providers, educators, and regulators to discuss current and future uses of commercial suborbital spacecraft, civilian astronaut training, and more.

Astrowright Principal Research Scientist Ben McGee with Southwest Research Institute planetary scientist Dr. Constantine Tsang.

During the Sunday evening poster session, McGee presented the research justification behind Astrowright’s recent preflight fitness program upgrade, which now includes the use of an at-home, suspension-based training system.  Entitled, “A Qualitative Assessment of Preflight Fitness Training Strategies and Methods,” the presentation emphasized the importance of “points of stability” in triggering the conditioning of stabilizer muscle groups utilized during high-g and microgravity phases of flight. 

Boron presented a talk during the Tuesday morning flight training session entitled, “Astrowright ‘Flight Readiness Status’ Fitness Benchmark Testing,” which premiered Astrowright’s industry-leading physio-cognitive testing service.  Flight Readiness Status (FRS) certification testing is intended as a voluntary credential for spaceflight professionals seeking to demonstrate their ability to perform mentally-demanding tasks while under the physical stresses of spaceflight to potential employers or clients.  By combining aural and visual reading, speaking, computation, and memory retention tests with standard fitness benchmarks, earning an Astrtrowight FRS certificate proves a holder’s ability to not only withstand spaceflight, but also to think under pressure at the same time.

In addition to contributing research to the conference, Astrowright was also a proud co-sponsor of NSRC 2012, joining ranks with sponsors such as Virgin Galactic, XCOR Aerospace, Masten Space Systems, Mojave Air and Space Port, and the NASTAR Center, among others.

Corporate sponsors of NSRC 2012.

For more information regarding Astrowright’s suspension-based prelight fitness training, FRS certification, or the firm’s history, other services, or personnel, visit

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NSRC 2012 Sponsorship Announced

We at Astrowright Spaceflight Consulting LLC are proud to announce that we have become a sponsor of the 2012 Next-Generation Suborbital Researcher’s Conference (NSRC), to be held this coming Feburary 27-29 in Palo Alto, California.

The conference, the third of its kind, brings together government, industry, and academic researchers to network and educate about the research and outreach opportunities afforded by the new wave of reusable, commercial suborbital spacecraft slated to begin flying next year.

Astrowright staff presented at last year’s conference, an act which also served as the soft launch of the firm, and we are pleased to be able to support the gathering that played such a strong role in our organization’s history.  For more information about Astrowright staff and services, please visit

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Astrowright offers promotion for Small Business Saturday

This November 26 is a big day for all of us at Astrowright Spaceflight Consulting LLC: the 2nd annual Small Business Saturday.

Sponsored by American Express and Google in the spirit of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, a day when people from across the country come out and shop to support their favorite local vendors and venues.

As a small business still in our first year of operation, every client and contract is particularly crucial as we gage growth and services for the coming year.  With this in mind, we would like to offer a 20% discount on all services to anyone who contacts us to arrange a purchase this Saturday, November 26.

Whether you’re an individual seeking to improve your physical fitness for high-g forces and movement while weightless, a research group interested obtaining dosimeters for measuring radiation during a planned spaceflight, or whether you’re an aerospace firm eager to boost your spacecraft’s human integration and ergonomics features above the competition, Astrowright is here to help.

Be sure to contact us on November 26 to request a quote and take advantage of our Small Business Day 20% discount at, and thanks for your support! 

(For more information on our services, visit our website or link to our promotional material.)

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