Why be a ‘spaceflight participant’ when you can now do important climate research and learn from the world’s best space scientists and astronaut instructors?
Your flight may even be tax-deductible!
The PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Program and Advanced PoSSUM Academy are held at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. Graduates receive an ERAU Certificate with Continuing Education Units in ‘Suborbital Mission Operations’.
PoSSUM Academy is held at the Space Foundation at Colorado Springs, CO.
Learn to conduct PoSSUM suborbital noctilucent cloud tomography missions on commercial suborbital spacecraft. Enroll at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for the PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Qualification Program or Advanced PoSSUM Academy!
Advanced high school and undergraduate students may enroll at PoSSUM Academy at the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs, CO.
Mission: Suborbital Noctilucent Cloud Imagery and Tomography
Synopsis: Provides a practical education for the professional interested in upper-atmospheric research from research aircraft, high-altitude balloons, and suborbital spacecraft. Learn to study noctilucent clouds from research aircraft, design space instrumentation and continue your initial PoSSUM training with mission specific training for suborbital tomography missions.
Mission: Microgravity and Suborbital IVA Spacesuit Operations
Synopsis: Provides a broad, practical education geared to the professional interested in a career in commercial astronautics while qualifying one for PoSSUM suborbital spacesuit evaluation missions using Final Frontier IVA spacesuits. Learn to test spacesuits in microgravity environments, high-G environments, and landing and post-landing environments.
Mission: Underwater and Orbital EVA Spacesuit Operations
Synopsis: Co-developed with Final Frontier Design, the PoSSUM EVA Operations Program provides a practical education for the professional interested in Extravehicular Spacesuit Operations. Learn about Martian and Lunar geology, life support systems, and spaceflight physiology in analog microgravity and Martian environments.
Mission: Education Outreach and Inspiring STEM Students
Synopsis: Learn to teach PoSSUM science to advanced high-school and undergraduate students in their local communities through the PoSSUM Education Program. This program also provides opportunities to work with astronauts and artists to explore new ways to enable science communication through diversity of artistic interpretation.
Aeronomy: PoSSUM conducts high-resolution imagery and tomographic reconstruction of noctilucent cloud structures coupled with temperature and aerosol profiles from research aircraft, Antarctic balloon campaigns, and now commercial manned spacecraft!
Bioastronautics: PoSSUM is the exclusive citizen-science microgravity research partner of Final Frontier Design, holding a NASA Space Act agreement for spacesuit development. We conduct microgravity, high-altitude, and functionality research of Final Frontier spacesuits.
Human Factors: Together with Embry-Riddle, PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Candidates are evaluated in many spaceflight analog activities, including mission simulation, analog EVA, and landing/post-landing mission phase analyses. These data help PoSSUM Scientist-Astronauts and team members develop compatible technologies.