A 501(c)(3) Astronautics Research and Education Program researching our upper-atmosphere and its role in our changing global climate
PoSSUM is the first and only manned suborbital research 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!

REAL NASA-Supported Research, NOT Space Tourism

  • The PoSSUM Suborbital Tomography Experiment is supported by NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program as the ‘Noctilucent Cloud Imagery and Tomography Experiment‘, granted in March 2012, and PoSSUM students learn to fly this mission.
  • PoSSUM Balloon Imagery is directed by PoSSUM members together with Columbia University as the NASA-funded ‘PMC-Turbo’ experiment, which will launch from Antarctica in 2017.
  • Final Frontier Design spacesuits are supported through a NASA Space Act agreement and evaluated by PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Candidates.

Immersive Astronautics Education

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Hosted at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, PoSSUM is the only program that trains you to be a Citizen Scientist-Astronaut. All students are trained to conduct PoSSUM suborbital noctilucent cloud tomography missions while receiving skills required for all PoSSUM citizen-science research programs.

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PoSSUM Academy Student  Brooke Kubby prepares to penetrate noctilucent cloud layers in simulated spaceflight (credit: Cinemaraven)

Advanced PoSSUM Academy

For undergraduate students interested in astronautics. Qualifies the graduate for all PoSSUM citizen-science opportunities and may be transferable to ‘scientist-astronaut’ status upon earning a BS degree. More Info

PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 1601 shows that they have 'The Right Stuff' in the PoSSUM High-Altitude Facility

PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Program

For applicants already holding a BS degree (or equivalent). 12 applicants selected each selection. Qualifies the candidate for all PoSSUM citizen-science, educator, and spaceflight opportunities. More Info

Dr Sarah Jane Pell prepares to test functionality of the Final Frontier IVA spacesuit in a Mooney research aircraft, an analog operational environment to a spacecraft.

Applied Astronautics Program

A one-year intensive astronautics program for the spaceflight professional. Students select two tracks of PoSSUM astronautics research. More Info

Citizen-Science Astronautics Research

PoSSUM graduates conduct today’s astronautics research enabling tomorrow’s space missions
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PoSSUM Aeronomy Program

Mission: Enhance the understanding of our mesosphere

PoSSUM graduates conduct 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! More Info

PoSSUM Bioastronautics Program - qualifying IVA spacesuits, mission contingency planning, spaceflight physiology, and spacecraft egress.

PoSSUM Bioastronautics Program

Mission: Evaluate human performance in IVA spacesuits

PoSSUM is the exclusive citizen-science microgravity research partner of Final Frontier Design, holding a NASA Space Act agreement for spacesuit development. PoSSUM graduates conduct microgravity, high-altitude, post-landing, and functionality research of Final Frontier spacesuits. Learn to test spacesuits in microgravity environments, high-G environments, and landing and post-landing environments. More info

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PoSSUM Science Education Program

Mission: Educate and inspire our next generation

PoSSUM educators learn to teach aeronomy and astronautics to advanced high-school and undergraduate students in their local communities through the PoSSUM Science 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. More info

Project OTTER Extravehicular Activity research

Project OTTER: Extravehicular Activity

Mission: Evaluate human performance in EVA spacesuits

PoSSUM graduates interested in operations beyond suborbital may enroll in Project OTTER (‘Operational Tools and Techniques for Extravehicular Research’). Co-developed with Final Frontier Design, this project tests Extravehicular Spacesuit technologies and procedures in analog environments. Learn about Martian and Lunar geology, space medicine, life support systems, and spaceflight physiology! More info

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