Can you imagine the security clearance interview? "It says here, after you complete your obligated service, that you want to become a Russian citizen and apply for the Cosmonaut program, can you explain a bit more please?"
Made me think of this:I, for one, think this is a fantastic idea. I'd like to help improve your odds a bit more though. If you could just leave your full name, 16 digit credit card number, the expiration date, and the 3 digit code on the back of the card, then your chances of a shot at Russian space exploration will be increased, and my squadron mates and I will be 42% more intoxicated come Saturday night. Thanks.
why is that? I thought that US astronauts will be solely using the Soyuz to make trips to the ISS for years to come.Have you considered the possibility that, in the 15 years it will take you to execute your hare-brained plan, Russia may not have a manned space program?
Well I'm an American first and foremost and I think the US is a country that is currently much better to live in than Russia. I'm just not the brightest cookie in the box so I'm not competitive enough for a slot at NASA.So...you’re saying that you want to join the US Navy and become an aviator, where you would learn a whole bunch of American and allied tactics and techniques and classified hardware, with the express goal of immigrating to Russia and going to work for the Russian government. I think, if you reflect a moment, you’ll see why the USG might take issue with this when it comes to granting you a security clearance.
If your goal is returning to the Rodina, finish up your degree and move there.
Don’t sell yourself short. There are more astronauts from University of Colorado than all the Ivy League. Where you went to school matters very little, the skills you bring to NASA matter the most.Well I'm an American first and foremost and I think the US is a country that is currently much better to live in than Russia. I'm just not the brightest cookie in the box so I'm not competitive enough for a slot at NASA.
With Space-X manned flights scheduled for 2019 and the SLS coming online in 2020, the US is going to transition away from Soyuz. All of this taking place well before you'd be in a position to even consider that career path.why is that? I thought that US astronauts will be solely using the Soyuz to make trips to the ISS for years to come.
Aside from what others have asked, 1) why do you think Russia will be nice about allowing a US military officer to become a citizen and 2) what if it takes many years to become a citizen there regardless and you're well past the age to become a cosmonaut? And it's especially worth asking: why are you remotely considering this or in any way think it's a good idea? Pitch this to one of your close friends or family members. I'm already imagining the response.Say I'm able to guarantee myself a flight slot after Navy OCS and proceed to serve out my 8-10 years as a naval aviator. If I move to Russia and gain citizenship there