21 Mar The Extremes of Aerospace Environment: A Project PoSSUM forum featuring Winston Scott and Patty Wagstaff

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Project PoSSUM will present a free forum at Embry-Riddle titled The Extremes of Aerospace Environment at the College of Aviation Atrium, featuring Astronaut Winston Scott and world-champion airshow pilot Patty Wagstaff. The discussion will focus on spacewalks, high-Gs, and STEM outreach as part of PoSSUM’s Scientist-Astronaut Candidate Class 1701. The forum is free, open to the public and will take place at the Daytona Beach Campus, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, in the College of Aviation Atrium. Click here for a map of campus.

 

Captain Scott was a former NASA astronaut and served as a mission specialist on STS-72 in 1996 and STS-87 in 1997, and has logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space, including 3 spacewalks totaling 19 hours and 26 minutes. Capt. Scott will share his experience in EVA spacesuits and how that experience might influence the design and safe operation of commercial EVA spacesuits, such as those that will soon be tested by Project PoSSUM members.

 

Patty Wagstaff is a six-time member of the US Aerobatic Team and has won the gold, silver and bronze medals in Olympic-level international aerobatic competition. She is the first woman to win the title of US National Aerobatic champion and one of the few people to win it three times. Patty will talk about her experiences in the physical conditioning needed for extreme physiological stresses of aerobatic competition.

 

“Airshow competition has taught me a lot about physical adaptation and about being able to concentrate in high-g loads.”, said Wagstaff, “This is experience I hope might be relevant to those preparing to do Project PoSSUM space research in high-G.”

 

The presentation will conclude with a discussion on how aviation and astronautics can be a powerful tool to inspire students to pursue STEM education, and how diverse representation in these fields may empower under-represented communities to become engaged in STEM.

 

PoSSUM, an acronym for Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere, is a non-profit research and education organization that will use citizen-scientist astronauts to enable novel measurements of the upper atmosphere while communicating the critical role this region plays in the understanding of our global climate through immersive educational programs held in partnership with Embry-Riddle.

 

The science and art forum will coincide with PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Candidate Class 1701, which will bring citizen-scientist candidates from around the world to Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus to study noctilucent cloud science. These citizen-scientists will learn how to operate PoSSUM instrumentation in simulated suborbital spaceflight through a one-week program April 7-12, 2017. Interested individuals may apply online at projectpossum.org.

Project PoSSUM and the Art of Science Communication is free, open to the public and will take place at the Daytona Beach Campus, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in the College of Aviation Atrium. Click here for a map of campus.

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