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.
25% deposit required to secure reservation. SCUBA experience recommended.
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.
FAA Class 3 Physical and 25% deposit is required to secure reservation
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.
FAA Class 3 Physical and 25% deposit is required to secure reservation.
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).
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).
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).
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).
“The Project PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut program was of tremendous relevance in my preparation to apply to the 2016-2017 Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Recruitment Campaign (ARC). Project PoSSUM must have gotten a hold of the of the CSA astronaut training manual because a majority of the requirements CSA was looking for in its astronaut candidates were met and exceeded by Project PoSSUM. The list is extensive but notable are the experience gained through aeronomy research, mission planning, spacecraft and instrumentation design and operation, aerobatic flight instruction, acclimatization to microgravity and hypergravity environments, hypoxia training, and spacesuit donning/doffing and operation instructions. These hands-on activities certainly gave me an advantage in the CSA ARC. I can confidently say that Project PoSSUM is a highly-relevant program for aspiring astronauts. I am looking forward to participating in the Project PoSSUM Spacecraft Egress Course in the Spring.”
“I can truly say that Project PoSSUM has challenged my notion of a classroom.”
“Our class brought together candidates from across the world, all interested and invested in citizen science near the edge of space. I left inspired and excited for the future of spaceflight.”
“Project PoSSUM far exceeded my expectations! It was the most action-packed 4-days of my life.”