I think you're missing the part in the first sentence where I said "hopefully."
Oh, and the last sentence in the first post says something about "just putting the feelers out there."
I see nothing wrong with planning for the future and seeing what good people are out there to be a part of my trip (whenever that may be). Also, it can't hurt that 5 people (maybe more) in my group are applying for the same launch date. That's 35 chances in the lottery for a specific launch day right? That's much better than my 5.
Thanks for the advice though. Happy trails!