On March 15th Anton completed his first round of training for his upcoming Space trip with Space Expedition Curacao (SXC). The training took place at Groningen Air Base in Holland. The future Astronauts were briefed for several hours on flight profiles, safety procedures, ejection systems and physiological and psychological overviews. Each future Astronaut then flew in an L39 fighter jet above the Dutch countryside and completed several “profile” manoeuvres mocking the actual Space flight profile that will take place in 2014. Critical to the success of the training was to experience the incredible G-Forces that the Astronauts will “Pull” during the Space flight. The Astronauts were built up from 3G profiles to between 5G and 6G profiles. Anton “pulled” 5.8G’s during the training mission, whilst exiting his final profile. The Astronauts were also trained to fly the Jet. Anton and the other Astronauts took control of the Jet and executed several acrobatic manoeuvres, before heading back to base and landing back at Groningen Air Field. There was obviously a lot of press attention on the day. Amongst other press features, German TV station RTL will feature the day in a 1 hour slot on April 15th at 6pm CET.
March 19th, 2012