STEP I: Apply for an Initial PoSSUM Program

Learn to fly suborbital PoSSUM noctilucent cloud tomography missions, work in spacesuits, and operate PoSSUM instrumentation. Graduates receive three Continuing Education Units in ‘Suborbital Mission Operations’ from Embry-Riddle and are eligible for  specialized graduate programs.

PoSSUM Space

For High School and University Students Age Fifteen And Older

Enroll in the immersive PoSSUM Space Academy program at the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs, CO. Open to students and interested public of all ages, this four-day program covers all academic topics presented in the PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut program, including full mission simulation in the PoSSUMSim facility in real spacesuits, but is taught at a level that does not assume math past basic geometry and trigonometry. Reserve your place in the PoSSUM Space Academy by applying online.

Tuition: $1750

(reduced rate for 2017 programs at the Space Foundation)

25% deposit required to secure reservation. SCUBA experience recommended.

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Advanced PoSSUM Academy

For Undergraduate Students and Interested Individuals

Apply to Advanced PoSSUM Academy, held each Spring and Fall at Embry-Riddle. This five-day course contains all the training elements as the PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Program except medical monitoring and is taught at a level that does not assume math past basic geometry and trigonometry. Upon receipt of your B.S. degree from an accredited university, Advanced PoSSUM Academy graduates are eligible to become a fully-qualified PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut! Reserve your place in the Advanced PoSSUM Academy Program by applying online.

Tuition: $3900

FAA Class 3 Physical and 25% deposit is required to secure reservation

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Scientist-Astronaut Program

For those holding an accredited B.S. degree in a STEM field

Become a PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut! The PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Program at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a five-day, fully immersive training program that will provide the skills required to effectively conduct research as part of Project PoSSUM. Graduates are eligible to enroll in the PoSSUM Bioastronautics Program, Technologies Program and SciArts Program and may also qualify as Certified PoSSUM Instructors and even fly as a PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut on PoSSUM suborbital research missions! Only 12 candidates are selected for each class.

Tuition: $5000

FAA Class 3 Physical and 25% deposit is required to secure reservation.

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PoSSUM mission simulation. All PoSSUM students learn to use PoSSUM space-qualified instrumentation to perform suborbital noctilucent cloud tomography missions in real pressurized spacesuits.

STEP II: Enroll in PoSSUM Graduate Programs

Want to evaluate spacesuits in analog space environments? Teach high school students about astronautics? Develop and fly your own experiment? Find artistic ways to communicate science? PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut and Advanced PoSSUM Academy graduates have unique opportunities to enroll in specialized graduate programs.

PoSSUM Aeronomy Research Program

PoSSUM Aeronomy Research Program

The PoSSUM Aeronomy Program 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. Courses include AER 101 (Airborne Remote Sensing of Noctilucent Clouds), AER 102 (Suborbital Remote Sensing of Noctilucent Clouds), AER 103 (Suborbital Space Environment), AER 104 (Celestial Navigation for Space Missions), AER 105 (Spaceport Licensing and FAA Regulations), and AER 106 (Space Technologies for Aeronomy Applications).

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PoSSUM Bioastronautics Program

The PoSSUM Bioastronautics Program 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. Courses in the PoSSUM Bioastronautics Program include BIO 101 (Microgravity Spacesuit Evaluations), BIO 102 (Suited Microgravity Spacesuit Evaluations), BIO 103 (Suborbital Spacesuit Evaluations), BIO 104 (Spacecraft Egress and Rescue Operations), BIO 105 (Advanced Spaceflight Physiology), and BIO 106 (Space Technologies for IVA Applications).

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PoSSUM EVA Operations Program

Co-developed with Final Frontier Design, the PoSSUM EVA Operations Program provides a practical education for the professional interested in Extravehicular Spacesuit Operations. Learn to operate and work in Extravehicular Activity (EVA) spacesuits while studying essential science and engineering components. Courses offered include:  EVA 101 (Microgravity EVA Suit Operations), EVA 102 (Underwater EVA Suit Operations), EVA 103 (Lunar and Martian Geology and Analog EVA), EVA 104 (Life Support Systems), EVA 105 (Space Medicine and Human Performance), and EVA 106 (Space Technologies for EVA Applications).

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PoSSUM Science Education Program

PoSSUM Science Educators have exclusive opportunities to teach PoSSUM science to advanced high-school and undergraduate students in their local communities. This program also provides opportunities to work with astronauts and artists to explore new ways to enable science communication through diversity of artistic interpretation. Courses offered include: EDU 101 (PoSSUM Educator Qualification Program), EDU 102 (Spacesuit Technician Qualification Course), EDU 103 (Spacecraft Simulator Qualification Course), EDU 104 (Fundamentals of Citizen Science), EDU 105 (Research Methods and Grantwriting), and EDU 106 (Sci-Arts and Science Communication).

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