To the question “why do you want to become a commercial astronaut?”, I answered:
I see human spaceflight as a three-fold opportunity:
1) To collaborate with, and learn from, some of the most talented and skilled individuals in the world;
2) To participate in missions designed to expand the presence of humanity across the solar system, and mitigate threats to our planet;
3) To answer questions about the origin of life and our place in the universe.
I can’t think of more compelling reasons to become an astronaut than the above three. With the emergence of private space companies and foundations, some of which have already set their sights on objectives beyond Earth orbit, it may be possible to begin addressing points 2 and 3 above within my generation’s lifetime, and to me, personally, it would be imprudent not to take advantage of that opportunity.
I understand, however, that it may take some time for the commercial aspect of private space enterprises to become mature enough as to make these profitable. One of the reasons I wish to become a commercial astronaut is to participate in suborbital missions intended to open the way for more ambitious orbital missions. Whether to test new technologies, perform experiments in zero G, or develop educational projects, just taking part in suborbital flights would fulfill a long-standing personal desire of getting involved in cutting edge technological or scientific ventures devised for humans to perform in, and study, extreme environments.
It is exciting to live in a time in which the view of space travel has evolved to include the efforts of private citizens, particularly of those whose interests lie beyond Earth orbit, and this represents a chance for me to join in the efforts of making space accessible to more people.
Good luck to me!