ETC’s National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center is the first Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved center able to meet the training requirements for commercial human spaceflight (14 CFR § 460.5). It is recognized as the leader in orbital and suborbital spaceflight training and known for its Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) program for commercial aviators.
The University of Texas Medical Branch, in conjunction with the National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center in Southampton, Pa., is conducting research into the safety of spaceflight passengers who have existing medical conditions. Volunteers are invited to participate in the experiment and experience a simulated spaceflight.
The NASTAR Center is featured in episode three of Netflix's Countdown: Inspiration 4 Mission to Space. At the NASTAR Center, the crew underwent centrifuge training to prepare for the various dynamic situations encountered during spaceflight.
At the NASTAR Center, the crew underwent centrifuge training to prepare for the various dynamic situations encountered during spaceflight — including launch, reentry, ocean splashdown, and a potential in-flight abort scenario.
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