USAF Test Pilot School (TPS) is currently accepting applications for individuals to attend the Space Test Course. This is an approximately 5-month hands-on program to educate personnel in space domain test and evaluation as part of the USSF effort to increase the trained cadre of T&E professionals.
The mission of the Space Test Course is to produce adaptive, critical-thinking test professionals to conduct full-spectrum test and evaluation of space-domain systems. The curriculum is designed to provide students with tailored education covering test planning, test execution, analysis, and reporting. In addition to test foundational material, students will receive instruction and practical experience covering mission systems, as well as domain science topics such as orbital mechanics and space environment. This is intended to provide the student with the broad base of technical knowledge to prepare them for future T&E projects that span a variety of technical areas.
Training will include test processes applicable to both developmental and operational space test; and include classroom, laboratory, and open-air events. Oral and/or written reports will be included in each module.
Fieldtrips are taken to organizations engaged in developing, testing, and producing aerospace vehicles and equipment.
The suspense for all application packages is 10 Aug 2022.
The program is open to all Department of Defense officers, enlisted and civilian personnel who meet the eligibility criteria.
Applicants (Officers, Enlisted, and Civilians) must meet all eligibility requirements outlined below. All career fields may apply. Members of other services may apply.
a) Applicants not meeting the degree requirements will still be considered eligible provided they have completed undergraduate courses in: Calculus I, Calculus II, Physics I, and Physics II with a combined GPA of 2.5 or better for these four courses (4.0 scale).
The formal PSDM with full application information can be found at https://mypers.af.mil/app/answers/detail/a_id/52766.
Direct questions regarding applications or selection to USAF TPS at USAFTPS.STF.Applications@us.af.mil and/or USSF Talent Management Board at HQ.USSF.Talentmgmtboard@spaceforce.mil.
Space Test Fundamentals FAQs
Applications are now being accepted for the USAF Test Pilot School (Test Falcon) Selection Board. Please refer to PSDM 22-17, dated 8 March 2022, for instructions on how to apply on MyVector. Applications must be submitted to AFMC/A3F that way. Suspense for all applications and waiver requests is NLT 1600 EDT on 27 May 2022. Applications received after the cut-off date will not be considered. Applicants must use the new forms attached to the PSDM rather than the forms posted on the Air Force e-Publishing website from previous years.
Annual application process and timeline for year 2022:
8 March 2022 - USAF Test Pilot School Selection Board announcement has been released in PSDM 22-17 calling for applications with a deadline in June for classes beginning in July 2023 (23B) and January 2024 (24A).
27 May 2022 – Deadline for USAF Test Pilot School applications
6 June 2022 – Deadline for endorser Inputs
July 2022 – Selection Board members convene to choose top candidates to attend the Comprehensive Candidate Evaluation Program (CCEP) at TPS
August 2022 – Applicants will be notified whether they have been selected for further evaluation
October 2022 – CCEP events will occur at USAF TPS, Edwards AFB, CA, to make the final selections of candidates admitted to USAFTPS, USNTPS, EPNER/ETPS
December 2022 – Final selection results for both 23B and 24A will be posted on MyPers via PSDM
The only firm date at this point are marked in bold. All others are still subject to change. Updated dates will be posted here.
The 2022 TPS Selection board process has been migrated to MyVector. There are numerous changes to the application process from previous boards. The instructions in this PSDM supersede all other instructions for applying to TPS. Please read all instructions carefully. AFMC/A3F will publish other information and announcements related to the 2022 TPS Selection Board on the SharePoint page located at the following URL: https://usaf.dps.mil/teams/TPSTestFalcon. Direct all questions to AFMC/A3F using the contact information provided at the end of the PSDM.
The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School selection board convenes annually in July. Those interested in becoming a test pilot, test combat systems officer, test remotely piloted aircraft pilot or flight test engineer are encouraged to apply. Applicants from all aircraft types and backgrounds must have strong academic and technical experience.
Detailed information about the application and selection process may be viewed in the PSDM 22-17 and at AFI 99-107.
TPS is soliciting application packages to select officers for the TPS Faculty-Pipeline PhD program. This opportunity is available to all active duty Air Force graduates of a formal military test pilot school. For instructions on how to apply and specifics on eligibility, click here. Package Suspense 31 Jul 2022
To update your Alumni information, please send a message to USAFTPS.Alumni.Alumni@us.af.mil with the e-mail subject “Alumni Update.”
To register on the new USAF TPS Alumni website, please send an e-mail to email@example.com with your given name and TPS class number. The site is located at https://www.usaftpsalumni.com/