With enough work and effort, is it possible for a commercial pilot to become a NASA astronaut?

If a candidate astronaut who is a commercial pilot met all of the requirement apart from a type rating on any type of fighter jet, would he still be considered?


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NASA astronaut requirements

have changed with NASA's goals and missions. A pilot's license and engineering experience is still one route a person could take to becoming an astronaut, but it’s no longer the only one. Today, to be considered for an astronaut position, U.S. citizens must meet the following qualifications:

  1. A bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science or mathematics.
  2. At least three years of related professional experience obtained after degree completion OR at least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time on jet aircraft.
  3. The ability to pass the NASA long-duration astronaut physical. Distant and near visual acuity must be correctable to 20/20 for each eye. The use of glasses is acceptable.

Astronaut candidates must also have skills in leadership, teamwork and communications.

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    $\begingroup$ Note the reference to US citizens here. I suspect from this question that the OP is a British citizen, the path to astronaut-hood will be different, even if the requirements might be similar. $\endgroup$ – CatchAsCatchCan Nov 26 '19 at 0:37
  • $\begingroup$ @CatchAsCatchCan and thus, as a non-citizen, he's never going to be hired as an astronaut by NASA... He might be hired by ESA $\endgroup$ – jwenting Nov 26 '19 at 4:39
  • $\begingroup$ OP has chosen the [NASA] tag. For ESA, see esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/… $\endgroup$ – bogl Nov 26 '19 at 8:27
  • $\begingroup$ One should note that, because of the highly competitive nature of the NASA astronaut application process, virtually nobody gets in if they've just met the stated minimum requirements. Case in point: during the Shuttle era and previous, very, very few astronaut pilots were admitted who were not graduates, or enrolled, in a U.S. military (Air Force or Navy) test pilot school. $\endgroup$ – Digger Nov 27 '19 at 17:16

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