PoSSUM is the first and only crewed suborbital research program. Why be a ‘spaceflight participant’ when you can now enable important climate research and learn from the world’s best space scientists and astronaut instructors? Your flight may even be tax-deductible!
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.
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
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
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, high-altitude balloon campaigns, and now commercial manned spacecraft! More Info
Mission: Evaluate human performance in IVA spacesuits
PoSSUM is the exclusive citizen-science microgravity research partner of Final Frontier Design. PoSSUM graduates learn to test real spacesuits in microgravity environments, high-G environments, analog flight, and landing and post-landing environments under a NASA Space Act agreement. More info
Mission: Educate and inspire our next generation
Working with former NASA astronauts and PoSSUM scientists, PoSSUM educators learn to teach aeronomy and astronautics to a broad range of students in their local communities while qualifying as spacesuit technicians and simulator pilots. More info
Mission: Evaluate human performance in EVA spacesuits
PoSSUM graduates interested in operations beyond suborbital may enroll in Project OTTER (‘Orbital Tehnologies and Tools for Extravehicular Research’). OTTER designs and calibrates actual satellites while testing Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) space suit technologies and procedures in analog microgravity, Lunar and Martian environments. More info