Private schools are growing in popularity with students wanting to become the next NASA astronaut.
But how do you become an astronaut?
In the case of an online school, the answers aren’t that simple.
“It’s not a question of if you’re going to be an astronaut, it’s a question about when,” says Dan B. Anderson, an aerospace engineer and astronaut and former astronaut in the U.S. Air Force.
“In the beginning, it was not a priority,” Anderson said.
“It was about how do I be ready to go in a month?
And the sooner you get there, the sooner I can do what I’m doing now.”
The idea of becoming an astronaut was born out of necessity.
In the 1970s, the space program was on the verge of a technological breakthrough that would change the world.
The Soviets had already built the first space shuttle, and it was time to get the first human into space.
But that didn’t mean everyone was going to have access to the first flight.
There were a lot of hurdles to overcome.
One of them was getting the government to authorize commercial space travel, which would be difficult to accomplish if there was a political barrier to the space race.
The space race was in the early stages and there were plenty of questions left unanswered.
And so, Anderson says, a private school started in Texas in the mid-1980s.
It started with a single student.
At the time, the average age of an astronaut in space was 18.
So Anderson thought that young people should have access.
The private school was run by an entrepreneur who had a lot to offer.
Anderson and his wife had a good relationship, and they both worked in aviation.
But when Anderson got an offer from NASA to be the first person to fly into space, he knew he had to do it.
“I was like, this is a great opportunity,” he said.
In 1985, Anderson graduated from UT Arlington with a degree in mechanical engineering.
He had flown for the U,N., and the UAPA, but his first goal was to become an aerospace pilot.
He flew for the US Army Air Force in the 1980s, but it wasn’t until the UAH-1 space shuttle went into orbit that he got his first opportunity.
He was flying a UAH in the shuttle’s payload bay when it hit an object.
“That’s when I thought, ‘This is what’s going to happen,'” Anderson said, “and it happened in a matter of seconds.”
Anderson’s first flight was in 1986, but he didn’t do too well.
He was in training for the next one, which took place in 1988.
“If I had been in the military at the time and I had done my training, I would have done great,” Anderson recalled.
“We had a couple of pilots that we would fly and we would not have gotten through that,” he added.
Anderson had no experience with the UAV.
He just loved it.
He spent the next few years in the Army.
In the early 1990s, he was working on a project at the Aerospace Industries Association and was asked to join the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) program.
The program is a test program for students to learn the basics of the technology.
“When I joined AFIT, I got into the AFIT test program,” Anderson explained.
“I had a little bit of experience in my own company and the AFI team.”
That program allowed Anderson to take an advanced class on the topic, and he took it.
But he didn.
He says that was his first time taking the AFITS test.
“After that, I was in school, working and I wasn’t doing anything,” he recalled.
“And then I thought maybe it’s time to do something about it.”
So he joined the Air National Guard, where he learned about space flight and aviation.
“This is the first time I actually flew in space, and I thought that’s amazing,” he remembered.
Anderson then got a job as a mechanic on the International Space Station.
“They said, ‘Oh, you’re in the Air Guard,'” he recalled, “And I said, I don’t want to go back to the military, I want to do this.
And that was when I became an astronaut.”
Anderson flew a couple more missions, including an uncrewed flight in 1992.
The next year, he took the helm of a U.N. space station mission.
But he was having a hard time finding a way to become a space shuttle pilot.
Anderson was told that the Airforce would not approve an astronaut for a pilot’s license, and the only thing that could help him was a private pilot’s school.
“At the beginning of the ’90s, I just wanted to do what’s right for me,” Anderson says.
“But after a while, I decided that the right thing to do was go to NASA.”
The first flight in 1997, Anderson’s