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Suborbital Pilot Training

In the Human Space Flight Requirements for Crew and Space Flight Participants; Final Rule issued by the FAA, section 460.5 paragraph (c) states that "a pilot and a remote operator must possess and carry an FAA pilot certificate with an instrument rating and receive vehicle and mission specific training for each phase of flight." To meet these guidelines OCP has divided the suborbital pilot course into three distinctive phases and requires all suborbital pilot students to be certified pilots with instrument ratings. The three phases of the training are Piston Trainer, Rocket Trainer and Suborbital Pilot.

Phase 1 Unpowered Landing
Prerequisites: Private, Single Engine Land, Instrument, Class Two Physical, 18 years of age. Learn to fly an experimental pusher prop aircraft, which has the same landing characteristics as the suborbital spacecraft, in all stages of nominal and non-nominal flight. The primary purpose is for the trainee to become proficient at un-powered landings in a craft with similar aerodynamic characteristics to the suborbital spacecraft

Phase 2 Rocket Trainer
Prerequisite: OCP unpowered landing training course. Trainees finishing this course will be certified on this aircraft after proving an ability to operate it in all stages of flight, from takeoff to landing and including any emergency situations that might be encountered during flight. Primary purpose is for the trainee to become proficient controlling vehicles that are rocket powered and the handling of any emergency related to rocket power. This course includes instruction on Rocket Engine theory, mechanics, and operation. This course will also give the trainee high altitude, and pressure suit training.

Phase 3 Suborbital Pilot
Prerequisite: OCP Rocket Trainer course. Trainees finishing this course will be signed off on this spacecraft after proving an ability to operate it from takeoff to landing. Training will insure that the pilot will be able to carry out his or her role on board or on the ground so that the vehicle will not harm the public in nominal and

non-nominal conditions including abort scenarios and emergency operations. The pilot will have demonstrated the ability to withstand the stresses of space flight, which may include high acceleration or deceleration and microgravity. This course includes additional instruction on Rocket Engine theory, mechanics, and operation. Trainees will also be given a base instruction on the mechanics behind dual and single stage rocket powered suborbital craft. Students will also receive a base introduction into the mission specialist training. Successful completion of this course merits the trainee recognition as a US commercial astronaut.

All courses are preliminary pending FAA/AST approval