The FIRST manned suborbital research program

Project PoSSUM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit suborbital research and education program devoted to the study of our upper atmosphere and the role it plays in the understanding of our global climate.

REAL NASA-Supported Research


  • The PoSSUM Imagery Experiment is funded by NASA as the ‘PMC-Turbo’ experiment. PoSSUM members travel to Antarctica in 2017 to launch this balloon experiment.
The Project PoSSUM Space Program

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 ONLY Program that trains YOU to be a Scientist-Astronaut!

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.

PoSSUM students train for suborbital noctilucent cloud tomography missions.

PoSSUM Education Programs

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!

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Advanced high school and undergraduate students may enroll at PoSSUM Academy at the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs, CO.

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PoSSUM Mission-Specific Graduate Programs

PoSSUM Aeronomy Program

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.

PoSSUM Bioastronautics Program

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.

PoSSUM EVA Operations Program

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.

PoSSUM Science Education Program

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.

PoSSUM Research

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.

PoSSUM team members testing seat ingress methods in microgravity using Final Frontier 3G IVA spacesuits (credit: Cinemaraven)
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This is NOT Space Tourism!

This is an International, NASA-Supported Research Program

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