COVID-19 Update: As of 12 March 2020, all Spring PoSSUM courses have been postponed. This includes PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 2001, Advanced PoSSUM Academy, and the field components for BIO 102, BIO 104, EVA 102, and EVA 103. Please stay posted for updates.

STEP I: Apply for an Initial PoSSUM Program

Learn to fly suborbital PoSSUM noctilucent cloud science missions, work in spacesuits, operate PoSSUM instrumentation, and communicate PoSSUM’s science. Graduates are eligible to fly suborbital POSSUM research missions or enroll in specialized PoSSUM graduate programs detailed below.

Advanced PoSSUM Academy

For undergraduate students and non-STEM professionals

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 airborne imagery training and biomedical 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 Candidate! Reserve your place in the Advanced PoSSUM Academy Program by applying online.

Tuition: $3500

FAA Class 3 Physical and 25% deposit is required to secure reservation. SCUBA experience recommended.

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PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Program

For professionals holding an accredited B.S. degree

Become a PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Candidate! 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 Aeronomy Program, the PoSSUM Bioastronautics Program, or any Project OTTER courses. Graduates 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.

Tuition: $5000

Upon selection, FAA Class 3 Physical, SCUBA experience, and 25% deposit is required to secure reservation.

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STEP II: Enroll in PoSSUM Graduate Programs

Want to evaluate spacesuits in analog space environments? Teach high school students about astronautics? Develop and fly your own experiment? Find artistic ways to communicate science? PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut and Advanced PoSSUM Academy graduates have unique opportunities to enroll in specialized graduate programs as they prepare for spaceflight.

Project PoSSUM citizen science astronautics

PoSSUM Aeronomy Research Program

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 (Suborbital Space Environment), AER 102 (Celestial Navigation for Space Missions), AER 103 (Airborne Remote Sensing of Noctilucent Clouds), and AER 104 (Suborbital Remote Sensing of Noctilucent Clouds)

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PoSSUM Bioastronautics Program

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 (Spaceflight Physiology), BIO 102 (Spacecraft Egress and Rescue Operations), BIO 103 (Microgravity Spacesuit Evaluations), and BIO 104 (Advanced Spacecraft Egress).

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PoSSUM Science Education Program

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 (Fundamentals of Citizen Science and Research Methods), EDU 102 (Spacesuit and Simulator Technician Qualification Course), EDU 103 (PoSSUM Educator Qualification Program), and EDU 104 (Sci-Arts and Science Communication).

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Project OTTER: Orbital Technologies and Tools for Extravehicular Research

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. Courses offered include: EVA 101 (Life Support Systems), EVA 102 (Operational Space Medicine), EVA 103 (Lunar and Martian Geology and EVA Tool Development), and EVA 104 (EVA Space Suit Test and Validation). Underwater analog EVA courses are in planning.

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2021 IIAS Course Offerings

Feb 1 - Apr 10, 2021AER 101: Suborbital Space EnvironmentOnline EducationDr. Armin Kleinboehl
Feb 1 - Apr 10, 2021FTE 101: Fundamentals of Flight Test EngineeringOnline EducationMr. Ken Trujillo, Mr. Duff Gowanlock
Feb 1 - Apr 10, 2021BIO 101: Space Flight PhysiologyOnline EducationDr. Erik Seedhouse
Feb 1 - Apr 10, 2021 (virtual)
(Campaign May 25-28)
EVA 102: Operational Space MedicineSan Francisco Volcanic Flats, AZ.Dr. Shawna Pandya, Dr. Jeremy Saget
Feb 3 - Apr 10, 2021 (virtual)
(Campaign May 29-June 1)
EVA 103: Planetary Field Geology and EVA Tool DevelopmentSan Francisco Volcanic Flats, AZ.Dr. Jose Hurtado, Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj
Apr 17-21: PoSSUM Classes 2001 and 2002
April 19-23: 2020 PoSSUM Academy
AST 101: Fundamentals of Applied Astronautics (Advanced PoSSUM Academy)Florida Tech, Melbourne, FL.Dr. Jason Reimuller, Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Dr. Paul Buza
Apr 24-28: PoSSUM Classes 2003 and 2101
April 26-30: 2021 PoSSUM Academy
AST 101: Fundamentals of Applied Astronautics (Advanced PoSSUM AcademyFlorida Tech, Melbourne, FL.Dr. Jason Reimuller, Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Dr. Paul Buza
March 15-April 10, 2021
(Campaign May 1-5)
BIO 102: Spacecraft Egress and Rescue OperationsSurvival Systems USA, Groton, CT.Dr. Jason Reimuller
May 6-9, 2021BIO 104: Advanced Spacecraft Egress - Post-landing Spacesuit OperationsSurvival Systems USA, Groton, CT.Mr. Ken Trujillo
May 10-12, 2021OPS 104b: Orbital Mechanics and Mission SimulationSurvival Systems USA, Groton, CT.Mr. Ken Ernandes
Feb 1 - Apr 10, 2021 (virtual)
(Campaign May 13-16)
EVA 105: Fundamentals of Underwater EVA OperationsSurvival Systems USA, Groton, CT.Mr. Ken Trujillo
May 17-21, 2021BIO 103: Microgravity Space Suit EvaluationNational Research Council, Ottawa, OntarioDr. Aaron Persad
April 20 - July 31, 2021EDU 101: Citizen Science Research MethodsOnline EducationMr. Scott Ritter
April 20 - July 31, 2021
(campaign June 6-12)
FTE 102: Fixed-Wing Performance Flight TestingSpaceport Colorado, Watkins, CO.Mr. Ken Trujillo, Mr. Duff Gowanlock
April 20 - July 31, 2021
(campaign June 13-20)
FTE 103: Fixed-Wing Stability and Control Flight TestingSpaceport Colorado, Watkins, CO.Mr. Ken Trujillo, Mr. Duff Gowanlock
April 20 - July 31, 2021
(campaign July 10-22)
AER 103 Field Campaign: Airborne Remote Sensing of the Mesosphere
Yellowknife, NWTDr. Jason Reimuller
August 8 - 26 October, 2021EVA 101: Life Support SystemsOnline EducationDr. Erik Seedhouse
August 8 - 26 October, 2021AER 102: Remote Sensing and Mesospheric ModelingOnline EducationMr. Kyle Foster
August 8 - 26 October, 2021EDU 102: Fundamentals of Science Communication and EducationOnline EducationMrs. Shayla Redmond
TBDAST 101: Fundamentals of Applied Astronautics (Advanced PoSSUM Academy)Florida Tech, Melbourne, FL.Dr. Jason Reimuller, Dr. Erik Seedhouse
August 8 - 26 October, 2021
(campaign TBD)
EVA 104: Gravity-Offset EVA Suit Evaluation
Canadian Space Agency, Montreal Qc.Dr. Aaron Persad, Mr. Ted Southern

PoSSUM mission simulation. All PoSSUM students learn to use PoSSUM space-qualified instrumentation to perform suborbital noctilucent cloud tomography missions in real pressurized spacesuits.

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Photos credit Ross Lockwood