Aussie spacex jobs are on the rise
Aussie astronaut John Young is on a mission to Mars.
But it’s a job that’s being held up by some controversy.
It’s a new job, with an unknown salary.
Young, 51, is on the third mission to the International Space Station, which was launched in 2011.
He’s now back on Earth, helping to plan a return trip to the planet in 2022.
But a number of space industry observers have questioned the validity of Young’s new job.
Spacex said he was hired to be a space shuttle flight engineer, not a flight engineer for the ISS.
“He’s a NASA astronaut,” said the company.
There’s no indication he has the qualifications for a space flight, nor has he worked in a space-related job.
“We can’t confirm that he’s the right person for the job, but he has a track record of success in the industry,” said SpaceX spokesperson Mark Gerstenmaier.
The company says he will be using his personal space craft to ferry astronauts back and forth to the ISS for their final days of spaceflight.
According to Spaceflight International, an international spaceflight consulting group, Young was hired after he was offered a job with SpaceX in July 2016.
That job was for a three-person crew on the Space Launch System rocket.
On July 3, 2016, the US space agency confirmed that the space shuttle Atlantis, which launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida, was going to be scrapped in 2024.
A number of former astronauts, including astronauts Scott Kelly, Rick Husband and Buzz Aldrin, also have worked for SpaceX.