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I've recently been selected to train as a scientist-astronaut candidate for commercial suborbital and developing orbital flights with a newly-formed, nonprofit endeavor that counts NASA/ESA astronauts, astronaut trainers and instructors among its astronaut corps and its board of advisors. I'm honored to be selected for the program, and tremendously excited about the opportunity. This is just the start of a long and challenging journey!


The nascent field of commercial spaceflight—and the unique conditions afforded by space and microgravity environments—offer exciting new opportunities to conduct novel experiments in quantum entanglement, fundamental tests of spacetime, and large-scale quantum coherence. In pursuit of these goals, we have the opportunity to inspire our next generation of scientists, researchers and engineers.








Quantum Experiments in Space and Microgravity



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  1. 8 comments:

    Dave Bacon
    March 10, 2011 10:54 PM
    Great news. Congrats!

    JoeMarch 11, 2011 9:09 AM
    Congratulations Chris, that's wonderful news. I was in KSC for a few months in 2004 just after the first manned 100km+ altitude of SpaceShipOne. I can't think of a more exciting thing to be doing, and I am truely envious.

    Christopher AltmanMarch 13, 2011 3:50 AM
    Hi Dave, Joe, Thanks!—I’m honored to be selected for the program, and tremendously excited about the opportunity. This is just the outset of a long and challenging journey.

    I look forward to working together with you and others in the community to design and carry out novel experiments in quantum entanglement, fundamental tests of spacetime, and large-scale quantum coherence in microgravity and space environments.

    I’ll be trained and mission ready to conduct experiments in Zero G, with launch capacity to serve on Virgin Galactic flights as they ramp up in 2011-2012. Commercial space station orbital flights may come online as early as 2015.

    Horst SimonMarch 13, 2011 11:52 AM
    Chris,
    This is terrific. Congratulations!
    Horst

    Julio E Valdivia-SilvaMarch 13, 2011 3:08 PM
    Chris the BEST for you!! I am working on two proposals for NSPIRES in order to send some experiments to SPACE! maybe you could help me :)... I am proud of you my SU friend!
    Julio

    Christopher AltmanMarch 15, 2011 1:26 PM
    Hi Horst, Julio, Thanks!—I'm continually inspired by imaginative colleagues like yourselves, and look forward to sharing ideas over the months and years to come. Julio, I'd be glad to learn more about your NSPIRES space experiments. Please feel free to contact me directly to discuss.

    WalterApril 18, 2011 12:22 AM
    That would be amazing Chris to travel in the sub orbit and to train as an Astronaut for commercial spaceflight. Congratulations!

    Don MooradianJuly 12, 2011 3:49 AM
    Now we have a bunch of NASA astronauts all dressed up and no where to go. Well, Chris,hopefully you will have an opportunity to chart new paths. Also, I enjoy the turf you cover in this site. Peace. Don

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