“The ideal suborbital astronaut? You’re looking at her. Ocampo is short of stature which means she doesn’t weigh much and that’s important when it comes to suborbital flight because for every kg you can lose you will gain 100m in altitude. By that measure Ocampo will be flying three kilometers higher than most. Ocampo also happens to be a Team USA Powerlifter, which means she does a lot weight-training, which just happens to be perfect conditioning for performing a strong anti-G straining maneuver. This, in turn, means she won’t have any trouble coping with the G-loading during her flight.” –Erik Seedhouse, Ph.D, Astronaut Instructor, Project PoSSUM

“The main purpose of Cosmonaut Training is to prepare a professional to do the intended job in space, for this endeavor to succeed a more deep objective has to be achieved first, which is to unlock the full potential of the individual under training as the only way to put the totality of his capabilities under his command. To reach this point the subject must discover who he or she is and what she or he was born to do. Being an cosmonaut is not like any job, it is a calling, you are born to it or not, you only come to this point in life to discover it, it is not only the mental configuration is also some details in your physiology. After evaluating all the candidates in Project PoSSUM I  came to the conclusion that only some of them were born to do this, that this is their true calling. Jonna is one of them.” –Cdr. Ronnie Nader, 1st Ecuadorian cosmonaut. Space Operations Director for the Ecuadorian Space Agency. Project PoSSUM Cosmonaut Adviser and Astronaut Instructor