A 501(c)(3) Astronautics Research and Education Program studying our upper-atmosphere and its role in our changing global climate

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!

REAL NASA-Supported Research, NOT Space Tourism

  • The PoSSUM Suborbital Tomography Experiment is supported by NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program as the ‘Noctilucent Cloud Imagery and Tomography Experiment‘, granted in March 2012, and PoSSUM students learn to fly this mission.
  • PoSSUM Balloon Imagery is directed by PoSSUM members together with Columbia University as the NASA-funded ‘PMC-Turbo’ experiment, launched from Kiruna, Sweden in 2018.
  • Final Frontier Design spacesuits are supported through a NASA Space Act agreement and evaluated by PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Candidates.

Immersive Astronautics Education

Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders in Astronautics

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.

PoSSUM Academy Student  Brooke Kubby prepares to penetrate noctilucent cloud layers in simulated spaceflight (credit: Cinemaraven)

Advanced PoSSUM Academy

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

PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 1601 shows that they have 'The Right Stuff' in the PoSSUM High-Altitude Facility

PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Program

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

Dr Sarah Jane Pell prepares to test functionality of the Final Frontier IVA spacesuit in a Mooney research aircraft, an analog operational environment to a spacecraft.

Applied Astronautics Program

A one-year intensive astronautics program designed for the spaceflight professional. Students select two concentrations of PoSSUM astronautics research. More Info

Citizen-Science Astronautics Research

PoSSUM graduates conduct today’s astronautics research enabling tomorrow’s space missions
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PoSSUM Aeronomy Program

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

PoSSUM Bioastronautics Program - qualifying IVA spacesuits, mission contingency planning, spaceflight physiology, and spacecraft egress.

PoSSUM Bioastronautics Program

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

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PoSSUM Science Education Program

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

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Project OTTER: Orbital Technologies

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

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