If you enjoy science and won’t get claustrophobic living with others in a spacecraft, Bigelow Aerospace has the job for you.
The North Las Vegas company is seeking “mature, well-adjusted” adults with technical backgrounds to work part time in astronaut simulation studies.
Those hired will spend eight-, 16- or 24-hour periods in a “closed volume spacecraft simulation chamber” in North Las Vegas and produce daily reports on their activities, including their interactions with other crew members. They will be monitored continuously as they eat, sleep and exercise in the module.
Qualified applicants must be detailed note-takers and have a bachelor’s or master’s in social, psychological, behavioral, biological, nursing, engineering or human factors sciences.
Bigelow will use its standard BA 330 module in the studies, said Mike Gold, director of D.C. operations and business growth. The spacecraft can hold up to six people and function as an independent space station.
Founded in 1999, Bigelow develops expandable space-habitat modules. The company launched two prototypes into space in 2006 and 2007 aboard converted Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles.
In January, NASA officials announced that the agency had awarded Bigelow a $17.8 million contract to provide a Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, to the International Space Station. The BEAM is an inflatable room that can be compressed into a 7-foot tube.
Meanwhile, company founder Robert Bigelow unveiled plans in May for a spacecraft known as the Guide. He gave few details at the time but said it would be able to land as an operational base on the moon.
He said the Guide would be smaller than a car and that he plans to have test flights in early 2014 at a dry lake near Alamo, about 100 miles north of Las Vegas.