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    (Original post by HeavyTeddy)
    Stumbled across this, thought you might be interested:
    http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/prospectu...do?id=H4602014

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    Better of joining the air training corp while doing an MEng if you were looking to go down the military and pilot route.

    Its something to aspire towards but make sure your'll enjoy whatever your doing if it just doesn't happen.
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    (Original post by Schleigg)
    That's fine if you want to do Aero Eng and fly a small single-engined piston plane about at great expense

    Is the pilot training not included in the 9000 a year?
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    (Original post by physicso)
    Is the pilot training not included in the 9000 a year?
    It isn't included in most courses of this type and it certainly won't be up to anything other than basic recreational standard.
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    (Original post by FuLLuPMepOrtION)
    Hey, basically, i know this is cliche as ****, but i want to be an astronaut when i'm older.


    My life plan is as follows. I've been accepted onto a course at nottingham uni to study aerospace engineering.

    From there, i plan to join the RAF as an Aerosystems Engineering officer, while completing my phD in Aerospace Engineering.

    After, i plan to try and join the ESA as an Engineer, and hopefully one day, and Astronaut.


    Now, even though i plan to get my eyesight CORRECTED to 20/20, i haven't got 20/20 vision at the moment, so am not eligible for PILOT or TEST PILOT experience in the RAF.


    Will this hold me back?

    I think you do have to be a piot.
    How can you get your vision corrected? With laser eye treatment or something?
    Good Luck
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    From the accounts I've read, most astronauts start out trying to be top class scientists /engineers (and military pilots if they are into that). Then once they've achieved their goal they look seriously at the possibility of becoming an astronaut. As has been said only space vehicle pilots need to have been military pilots.

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    There are essentially two types of astronauts (at least in NASA terms):

    1. Commanders & pilots

    These guys have to have significant jet flight time and are therefore tend to be technical graduates from a military background.

    2. Mission specialists

    These guys are generally the people that get on with whatever experiments/activities are the purpose of the particular mission. They are generally highly qualified engineers or scientists (often with a PhD) who have been through the astronaut training programme but not necessarily had a significant career beforehand.

    There are also payload specialists, these aren't technically astronauts but are people that sometimes need to be taken along because of a particular task or experiment that only they have the skills to undertake (such as a world leading scientist).
 
 
 
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