All incoming candidates are trained at Florida Tech or Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to receive skills required for all PoSSUM citizen-science research programs.
EVA space suit evaluations are conducted using the PoSSUM gravity-offset laboratory at the Canadian Space Agency.
PoSSUM microgravity research and IVA space suit evaluations are conducted in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada
Post-landing egress evaluations are conducted using the PoSSUM post-landing laboratory at Survival Systems USA.
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.
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.
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