Hawaii based Brian Shiro, of Astronoauts for Hire, quoted in the New Scientist
UND Space Studies Masters degree candidate, Brian Shiro, of Astronauts4Hire, was interviewed by the New Scientist magazine this July.
As quoted in the New Scientist (Link), Brian said
What's the idea behind Astronauts4Hire?
Our aim is to train a highly qualified group to become the first scientist-astronauts for hire by researchers wanting to fly experiments in space. People will be able to go to our website and search for astronauts with the type of scientific and flight expertise they want.
Why is now the right time for this service?
Since 2004, when SpaceShipOne became the first commercial spacecraft to take a person up into space, there has been a mad dash to develop sub-orbital spacecraft. Their flights will be geared towards space tourism, but there is also a massive opportunity for scientists to send their experiments up on these flights.
Along with being president and a co-founder of Astronauts4Hire, Brian has experience with NOAA, NASA, UNCOPUS: the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and FMARS: the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station. And other related experiences. For a fuller biography please see his page at Astronauts4Hire (Link).