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Uplift Aerospace Launches Astronaut Training in Collaboration with UArizona

Thursday, 17 November 2022 07:48 AM

PARK CITY, UT / ACCESSWIRE / November 17, 2022 / Uplift Aerospace (NRP Stone) (OTC PINK:NRPI) is honored to announce that the second phase of the Space+5 commercial astronaut training will commence this weekend at the Center for Human Space Exploration (CHaSE) at the University of Arizona's Biosphere 2.

Uplift Aerospace's first commercial astronaut class, called the Space+5, will be training alongside three ambassadors from AstroAccess and the A.I. humanoid robot, Bina48, from Terasem Movement Foundation from November 17-20, 2022. The mission for this historic training program is to increase access, diversity, and inclusion in human space exploration.

The curriculum during training at the University of Arizona will focus on collaborating with AstroAccess to develop ongoing programs and resources for future astronauts with disabilities, as well as working with Terasem to investigate the applications of machine intelligence to assist human-crewed space missions. The training program will be taught by Space+5 astronaut candidate and founding Director of CHaSE, Trent Tresch, Space+5 astronaut ambassador and mentor, Dr. Sian Proctor, and executive director of the University of Arizona's APEX aerospace medicine fellowship, Dr. Mira Milas.

The ambassadors that will be joining the Space+5 astronaut training at CHaSE are Sheila Xu, Eric Shear, and Mary Kate Cooper. Sheila Xu is currently pursuing dual MPP and MBA degrees at Harvard University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is the first Deaf Asian female pilot and has interned at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Eric Shear is a graduate student at the University of Florida, where he is studying chemical engineering with the goal of working in the space industry on life support and in-situ resource utilization. Eric flew as part of the Deaf Crew on MAA1. Mary Cooper is a student pursuing a Masters of Science in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering at Stanford University, where she recently graduated with an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering & Computer Science. Mary is a champion athlete and a below-the-knee amputee. Mary worked at SpaceX on the astronaut training team to help prepare Polaris Dawn, NASA Crew-5 and Crew-6 for spaceflight. Mary also flew as part of the Mobility Crew on MAA1.

The astronaut training will also be used to assess the technical readiness of humanoid robot Bina48 for an upcoming spaceflight. Bina48 will join the Space+5 and AstroAccess during spacesuit and spacecraft egress training at the University of Arizona to inform the future of integrating A.I. robots into human-crewed space missions.

The Space+5 is a five person astronaut class within Uplift Aerospace's new community-led space program, called Space+, focused on using blockchain technology to advance access to space. The aim of the space program is to pioneer culture in space through historic activations and research focused on key mission pillars: Art, Science, and Philanthropy. The Space+5 includes Ruben Salinas who has been contracted by Uplift Aerospace for an upcoming suborbital space flight, along with Sydney Hamilton, Mike Mongo, Trent Tresch, and Joan Melendez-Misner. The full Space+5 class is training with Bina48 and AstroAccess to support the mission and will also fly to space if additional opportunities arise.


Uplift Aerospace, Inc. is an emerging leader in the rapidly transforming space industry, pioneering revolutionary systems to manufacture, trade, and deliver products for a multiplanetary economy.

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