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Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy

GSO Earth Station One (GSO ES-1) Policy on Selections and Admissions

  • Scope
  • General Principles
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Admissions Regulations
  • Admissions Information
  • Recruitment Information
  • Selection
  • Feedback
  • Staff Development and Training
  • Complaints
  • Monitoring and Review


This policy applies to the Global Space Organization program of study leading to crewman operations qualifications from the GSO Earth Station One (GSO ES-1). Admissions processes for international applicants desiring entry into the program are also covered. Further detail is available under sections: Recruitment, Selection and Admission.

General Principles

  • The GSO Earth Station One (GSO ES-1) is committed to providing flexible, high quality and student-centered teaching and professional training, and to offering equality of opportunity to anyone with the ability to benefit our program of human space operations.
  • The GSO seeks to promote its provision as widely as possible amongst suitably qualified applicants globally.
  • In order to admit an applicant, the GSO Station Chief must satisfy the GSO Station Commander that they have evidence to show that the student has every reasonable prospect of succeeding in our program of study.
  • The GSO aims to ensure that its recruitment, selection and admissions processes are transparent and focused towards their intended audiences.
  • The GSO will ensure that operation of admissions processes and application of entry criteria are undertaken in compliance with the Equality Duty (including the duty to promote disability equality set out in the Equality Act).

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Recruitment and admissions activities at GSO Earth Station One (GSO ES-1) are carried out by GSO ES-1 Station Chief and supported by the GSO Training Staff Officer. The GSO staff role is to ensure that policies, procedures and plans in relation to student recruitment and admission are operated fairly and consistently, with a view to enhancing the GSO’s strategic aims and objectives.
  • Decisions on whether or not to admit a applicant are determined by the GSO ES-1 Station Commander upon recommendations from the Station Chief. GSO Staff Officers are responsible for ensuring that the process remains clear and transparent for all statements of admissions criteria and policies.
  • GSO Staff Officers and the Station Chief have a vital role to play in reviewing admissions applications and verifying the evidence on which they are based. Decisions may be referred the GSO ES-1 Station Commander where any aspect of a decision is unclear, or appears inconsistent or raises an issue in relation to the GSO Admissions Regulations (see below) or the stated entry requirements for the program.

Admissions Regulations

In order to ensure that applicants for admission are appropriately qualified for our GSO ES-1 program of study, and to ensure high standards of fairness and consistency, the GSO maintains a core set of entry requirements.  The GSO ES-1 Station Commander is responsible for approving any exemptions to the GSO Admissions Regulations, in discussion, as necessary, with the Station Chief. All applicants:

  • Must be at minimum a high school graduate or possess a GED
  • Must complete the online application in full for admission and pay the $45 application fee.
  • Must be at least age 18 at time of application acceptance and selection.
  • Must be in good health
  • Must be able to understand and be able to communicate effectively in the English Language

For our International applicants who are selected for the GSO ES-1 Crew Training Program. The GSO will begin processing your I-129 entry form upon selection. Once received you will need to obtain your H3 Training Visa for entry into the United States. For inquiries or assistance during this process you may email HR Support at support@gso-space.org

For all applicants who are selected, the GSO fully funds the GSO ES-1 Training Program to include travel to and from your home location to the GSO ES-1 site in Arizona. The GSO will also provide your sleeping quarters, 3 meals per day, your first full set of GSO Uniforms and other essential items.

Admissions Information

It is the aim of the GSO is to invite a wide range of global applicants. The GSO is committed to providing clear, consistent, easily understandable and accessible information about entry requirements, selection procedures, conditions of offer, expected timescales for responses, any extra fees, finance, welfare, guidance and support services.  Across the range of admissions information, GSO staff will:

  • Ensure that any potential applicant with additional needs is aware of the advice, guidance and support which the GSO can offer and how to access it they choose.
  • Ensure that any potential applicant who has disclosed information in relation to a criminal conviction, caution or warning is aware of the advice, guidance and support which the GSO can offer and understands the part that any non-academic information will play in any admissions decision.
  • Ensure that applicants are aware of their responsibility to provide full and accurate information as part of the admissions process.
  • Ensure that information about placements is provided where relevant.
  • Ensure that information is provided about crewman support where relevant.
  • Ensure that, in the case of any changes to our program of study which are made after an offer and before registration, applicants are informed of the change as soon as possible.
  • Ensure that procedures for applicants requesting deferral of entry to a later year are readily available. The GSO will not normally allow an applicant to defer entry for more than one year; upon special circumstances applicants will may be allowed a maximum of two requests for deferred entry (a maximum of two years’ deferral).

Recruitment Information

  • The GSO seeks to promote its provision as widely as possible amongst suitably qualified applicants globally. In doing this, The GSO aims to:
  • Provide advice and guidance which is targeted to the particular needs and aspirations of a specific enquirer or audience.
  • Provide information which is consistent with published literature and is within the limits of that individual’s knowledge and expertise.
  • Provide detailed information where appropriate on the main learning and teaching methods, assessment procedures, content, structure and organization of our 6 month crew training program, including the extent of any flexibility and choice within the curriculum.
  • Provide a range of opportunities for prospective applicants to visit the GSO at appropriate points during the recruitment cycle based on staff availability.
  • Welcome visits by schools, colleges and other education providers subject to available resources.
  • Respond swiftly to requests for further information about our GSO crew training program opportunities and crewman training on board GSO ES-1.


The GSO’s aim is to select those students most likely to benefit from its provision. The entry criteria and selection methods chosen for each 6 month program are designed to ensure that applicants with a strong desire are more likely to succeed academically and gain intellectually from the provision available. Desire and learning aptitude for our crew training program is therefore the primary criteria for selection and an academic decision will always be reached on an application before other factors such as additional needs or criminal convictions are taken into account.

It is important to note that the GSO has a limited number of placements available for each 6 month crew training program and that it is not always possible to make offers to all the good applicants who apply. In selecting students, the GSO training staff aims to:

  • Reach decisions which are fair and consistent in relation to the published entry criteria, the information the applicant presents of their academic and/or professional qualifications and which take into account any extra skills or experiences which are essential or desirable for the program in question.
  • Take into account evidence of an applicant’s potential to succeed on the program. Where appropriate and relevant, GSO staff may consider contextual factors in relation to an application. These factors may include illness, family circumstances, or personal responsibilities. Where such factors are to be considered, either before making or when confirming an offer of a place, evidence of the effects of disadvantage should be sought. Generally, it is expected that applicants will have taken appropriate action to ensure that examining bodies have allowed for mitigating circumstances prior to the announcement of any results since the GSO will not generally be best placed to do this fairly and consistently.
  • Apply selection processes which are appropriate to the program in question. Selection may be on the basis of an application form (with any written work or statements of desire) or on the basis of an application form plus interview.  Applicants are entitled to know, in advance, the likely format of any interview offered.
  • Make offers on a basis which is consistent with the competition and the number of places available in any given year.
  • Ensure that at least two members of the GSO Station Staff who are appropriately qualified and trained, and who work to agreed criteria, consider each application for the GSO ES-1 Training Program.
  • Communicate clearly and in a timely way with applicants concerning the outcome of their application. The GSO will normally respond via email to those receiving an offer stating any specific conditions which apply and including details of standard GSO ES-1 terms and conditions and selected applicants are subject to confirmation when the candidature is approved. Any applications not immediately approved for selection will be added to our GSO ES-1 Standby List for acceptance to a future training cycle.


GSO ES-1 staff must be prepared to provide feedback to applicants on admissions decisions. The GSO ES-1 Station Commander, Station Chief, or GSO Training Staff Officers are responsible for making information available on how feedback may be obtained and whether this will be provided routinely or on request. Applicants must be aware that feedback can only be provided within the limits of the resources available to support this and that it will not always be possible to provide highly specific or tailored commentaries.

All GSO Crew Training Program applicants are asked to note that feedback will usually only be offered direct to the applicant unless the GSO received a clear written statement indicating that the applicant is willing for matters to be discussed with another individual. The GSO will also safeguard confidentiality in other ways when offering feedback.

Staff Development and Training

The GSO is committed to providing a fair and accessible admissions system. To achieve this all staff involved in recruitment and selection must be appropriately trained for their roles. The GSO has agreed a range of measures in relation to staff development and training and these are specified in a GSO Quality Assurance Statement on Recruitment, Selection and Admissions.


The GSO aims to ensure that its recruitment and admissions processes are transparent. As part of its work to achieve this, the GSO has a complaints procedure should you feel that any aspect of the recruitment or admissions process has not been conducted in accordance with this Policy.

Monitoring and Review

The GSO is keen to assure itself that its recruitment and admissions processes work effectively, are informed by feedback from users and are subject to continuous enhancement. The GSO is also keen to ensure that the outcome of its admissions processes are consistent with the GSO aims, objectives and responsibilities with regard to equality of opportunity. More information on the GSO’s commitment to monitoring and review in admissions may be obtained upon request.

GSO ES-1 Station Commander
Last Reviewed December 2016