PoSSUM Partner Organizations

Located in Boulder, Colorado, Integrated Spaceflight Services (ISS) develops, tests, integrates, and operates space technologies including imagery and remote sensing instrumentation, bioastronautics technologies in partnership with Final Frontier Design, and mission simulation and crew training facilities.  ISS also provides microrgravity research and education services on Falcon-20 aircraft and is the research and education partner of Swiss Space Systems (S3) Zero-G flights in America, operating a wide-body Airbus reduced gravity aircraft.  More information on ISS is available through their website: integratedspaceflight.com

GATS, Inc., supports atmospheric remote sensing projects, including all phases of project life cycle, from concept development to data dissemination and research efforts.  GATS has expertise in software development, web-based systems, satellite instrument operations, atmospheric radiative transfer calculations, and project management that can serve a wide variety of applications.  GATS currently participates in several major remote sensing projects. Collaborations include NASA, Science Systems and Applications Inc. (SSAI), Ball Aerospace, National Center Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Applied Research Laboratory (APL) at Johns Hopkins University, Hampton University, and Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) at Utah State University. The company’s calibration and performance analysis software, radiative transfer packages, flight operations utilities, and web-based project and data management systems are some of the most efficient and accurate in the business.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 70 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies.

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is a full-cycle space institute, combining all aspects of space exploration through expertise in science, engineering, mission operations, and scientific data analysis.  LASP is an institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  LASP began in 1948, a decade before NASA, to develop a stabilized platform for instruments launched aboard sub‐orbital rockets.  LASP addresses key questions in solar influences, atmospheric science, planetary and space physics. LASP focuses on the study of Earth’s atmosphere, the sun, and the solar system.  LASP is the world’s only research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto.

Located in Boulder, Colorado, the University of Colorado’s Aerospace Engineering Sciences department is home to 36 tenure-track, research, and instructional faculty, over 250 graduate students and more than 400 undergraduates. Our vibrant community of engineers and scientists tackle challenges in aerospace technology and science, focusing on Astrodynamics & Satellite Navigation Systems, Vehicle Systems, Bioastronautics, Structures & Material Systems, and Remote Sensing, Earth & Space Sciences.

The Department of Meteorology at Stockholm University conducts a broad research program ranging from the Earth’s oceans to the upper atmosphere. Activities include experimental, theoretical and modeling studies of atmospheric and oceanic processes, with particular attention devoted to effects on the global climate. Field research makes use of satellites, rockets, balloons, aircraft, ships as well as ground-based observations. Numerical investigations are undertaken with process models, weather-forecast models, as well as climate models from regional to global scales.  The Atmospheric Physics group at the Department of Meteorology is involved in a number of satellite, rocket, ground-based and modeling projects concerning the Earth’s stratosphere and mesosphere. Major focus is on the coupling between atmospheric regions and the understanding of underlying dynamical, microphysical, radiative and chemical interactions.

The Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics e.V. is located at the University of Rostock (IAP). The Institute was founded in 1992 and is a member of the research association Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (WGL). The institute is located near the Baltic Sea resort Kühlungsborn and owns a separate site on the island Rügen, close to Juliusruh. In addition, IAP is a major partner of the ALOMAR observatory in northern Norway. A total of 65 persons are employed at IAP including 10 – 15 Ph.D. students.  The Leibniz-Institute is one of the main German centers for Middle Atmosphere research and operates active cooperations with several international research organizations.  The most important scientific topics at IAP are 1) investigation of the mesosphere, 2) atmospheric coupling, and 3) trends in the middle atmosphere.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Clemson University has 25 faculty and 66 graduate students (2012) conducting research in the areas of Astrophysics, Atmospheric and Space Physics, Biophysics, Condensed Matter, Atomic Physics, and Foundations of Quantum Theory.  It is housed in the four-story Kinard Laboratory, which includes a fully equipped machine shop and a state-of-the-art planetarium.  Campus computing facilities are spearheaded by the 15,000+ core high-performace Palmetto cluster.  Research facilities include an electron beam ion trap facility, a scanning tunneling and other powerful microscopes, laboratories for the creation and processing of thermoelectrical and diverse nanomaterials, and access to ground-based and space telescopes.

The Space Science Institute (SSI) is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation formed in 1992. SSI’s purpose is to create and maintain an environment where scientific research and education programs can flourish in an integrated fashion.  SSI has five major branches: Research, Flight Operations, Education, Business Operations, and Information Systems and Technology (IST). SSI’s research program encompasses the following areas: space physics, earth science, planetary science, and astrophysics. The flight operations branch manages the Cassini spacecraft’s visible camera instrument and provides spectacular images of Saturn and its moons and rings to the public. SSI’s education program includes developing traveling exhibits and professional development workshops for scientists and educators, education planning for the research community, and developing instructional materials. The business operations area strives to create an efficient working environment. It provides the necessary infrastructure that allows the organization to carry out its day-to-day tasks and meet its regulatory and contractual obligations. And finally, the IST branch is responsible for keeping our computers running, protecting the Institute from virus attacks, and providing a variety of education services.

Humanity is emerging from the cradle of the Earth, and creating a market of suppliers and users of space products and services, fueled by innovative technologists and entrepreneurs.  A healthy commercial space industry needs entrepreneurial companies that target a wide range of revenue levels.  New entrepreneurial space companies will fill existing and now unimagined economic niches. The entrepreneurial environment of Silicon Valley can empower the development of such companies in a growing commercial space industry. The Silicon Valley Space Center integrates the innovative and entrepreneurial practices of Silicon Valley into the burgeoning NewSpace industry.  This includes the Valley’s practices for business acceleration, incubation, and angel-level funding.  The SVSC enables entrepreneurial start-up or early-stage companies to commercialize products or service concepts for space, and helps entrepreneurs identify niches in NewSpace markets.  SVSC incorporates the Valley’s richness of technology, business, entrepreneurial finance, and educational leadership.

The NASA Flight Opportunities Program intends to mature to flight readiness status crosscutting technologies that advance multiple future space missions.  It provides frequent flight opportunities to demonstrate and develop technology payloads on both parabolic aircraft and suborbital reusable launch vehicles for reduced gravity or near-space flights.  Flight Opportunities is part of the Space Technology Program within NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist and is managed at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, manages the payload activities for the program.  For more information, please visit www.flightopportunities.nasa.gov.

Patty Wagstaff Aviation Synergy provides aerobatic instruction in the Extra 300L and the Super Decathlon aircraft from St. Augustine, Florida at the Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School.

Sundog Software creates 3D oceans, skies, volumetric clouds, and weather effects for games and simulators worldwide. Sundog’s SilverLining(tm) and Triton(tm) software development kits enable graphics developers to add realistic environmental effects to outdoor virtual worlds with a few lines of code.

CinemaRaven is a video and photography production team based out of the Broomfield/Denver/Boulder, Colorado area.  Cinemaraven specializes in full video production, sound and video editing, cinematography, and photography.

Final Frontier Design is a Brooklyn-based private design firm crafting aerospace safety garments and space-inspired fashion for the future of space travel and terrestrial life. Since its founding in 2009, FFD has been awarded four SBIR grants, an official Space Act Agreement with NASA and most recently, its first NASA fixed-price contract. In that time, Final Frontier Design has built five individual space suits representing three distinct generations of improvements. In collaboration with Integrated Spaceflight Services, FFD is currently developing elements for its fourth generation space suit intended for analog environment testing, high-altitude flight and future manned spaceflight missions.

The Southern AeroMedical Institute (SAMI) addresses a wide diversity of applications from clinical medicine to advanced high-altitude physiological training. Founded in 1999, SAMI manages a state-of-the-art Hyperbaric/Hypobaric Chamber and has now provided over 45,000 patient treatments and trained over 3,000 pilots in the high-altitude chamber. SAMI is the home of “Scenario Based Physiological Training” where over 2,500 pilots have undergone specialized training with the successful integration of flight simulators within the chamber to achieve the most realistic training available today. Depending upon your needs please take the time to explore the many diverse resources the SAMI has available to offer.