Air & Space March 2009The article I wrote on what it takes to be a commercial spaceship pilot for the March issue of Air & Space is now available online.

The piece was a ball to write–I got to try out the centrifuge at the National Aerospace Training and Research Training, or NASTAR, Center, an experience I highly recommend–especially if you can get someone else to foot the bill!

You can read the whole text of my article at the Air & Space site, but unless you pick up the printed magazine, you’ll miss out on one of the best features–gorgeous portraits of spaceship pilots Brian Binnie, Mike Melvill, Pete Siebold, Rick Searfoss, and a few of the new Virgin Galactic pilots by Chad Slattery. The one shot of Searfoss that’s on the site doesn’t do the spread justice.

Oh, and there are a couple of shots by yours truly in there too.