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Training for space tourists of Nancy Vermeulen, at SUTUS 2019

Tuesday February 5, 2019 | Space

Nancy Vermeulen, founder of the “Space Training Academy”, is the second woman to join SUTUS 2019.

  • On September 23 and 24 the first international event on Space and Underwater Tourism will take place in Marbella: “SUTUS” (Space & Underwater Tourism Universal Summit). For two days, international experts will meet for the first time to talk about the present and future of the two major challenges of luxury tourism: space and water.


  • Among the confirmed speakers are Ana Bru, owner of the exclusive travel agency BRU&BRU and selected by Virgin Galactic to be one of the next space touristsJavier Noriega, president of the Clúster Marítimo-Marino de Andalucía; and the CEO of Les Roches MarbellaCarlos Díez de la Lastra, whose campus hosts “SUTUS”.

Nancy Vermeulen is a physicist, an airline pilot and “trainer-coach”, and comes from Belgium to share her experiences and her work in the “Space Training Academy”, a prestigious academy that prepares future space tourists.

The idea of organizing “Space training” started in 2009-2011 with an introduction training for a potential client of Virgin Galactic and a “parabolic flight contest” which she organized for the Belgian Radio and Television.

As a “trainer-coach”, at the “Space Training Academy”, Nancy trains future space tourists before they begin their great adventure, offering them the opportunity to feel weightlessness as an astronaut during a “zero gravity flight” or experience a realistic space flight with a beautiful view of the Earth in a space simulator during the “Astronaut for a Day” program.  This is the closest approximation, there is, of a real space flight.


Nancy Vermeulen completed her academic studies in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Antwerp with Cum Laude and to have a better chance of becoming an astronaut for the European Space Agency (ESA), she became an airline pilot, flying large Boeing 727 and Airbus 300 aircraft. Later she flew VIP passenger flights and became a flight instructor.

In 2008, it was finally time. Her space adventure could begin! Nancy was able to participate in theEuropean Space Agency’s stringent astronaut selection process. Only one in ten candidates was female. To prepare for the extensive astronaut training program, Nancy Vermeulen learned scuba diving and followed a high-altitude training.


In 2011, Nancy Vermeulen personally met one the greatest pioneers of the commercial space travel industry, Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, which offers space voyages. Sir Richard inspired Nancy Vermeulen not only to apply her knowledge and expertise to science, but to share it with the public at large too. Nancy Vermeulen is now a highly sought after speaker on international platforms.


Bringing the universe closer to people and vice a versa, that is Nancy Vermeulen’s personal mission. For that reason, Nancy was the first in Europe to develop a non-governmental training program in which prospective space travellers can prepare themselves for a space travel. In 2011 was the kick-off, when Nancy Vermeulen gave training to a future commercial astronaut of Virgin Galactic.

In the meantime, Nancy Vermeulen became a flight instructor for professional airline pilots and an aerobatics pilot. She also took courses in personal coaching and obtained a certificate as “life coach”.

How many space tourists has Nancy prepared? How much money does it cost to become a space tourist? What are the minimum physical requirements to be a space tourist? How many men and how many women have already been selected as space tourists? Which companies select them? These and many more questions will be answered in SUTUS.

“SUTUS” is a unique and exclusive event, which will be held in a privileged environment, such as Marbella and the Costa del Sol, and which will coincide with the Autumn EquinoxThe aim of “SUTUS” is to bring together leading companies in the field of Luxury Tourism and share business opportunities.