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.
FAA Class 3 Physical and 25% deposit is required to secure reservation. SCUBA experience recommended.
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.
Upon selection, FAA Class 3 Physical, SCUBA experience, and 25% deposit is required to secure reservation.
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)
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).
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).
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.
“Project PoSSUM far exceeded my expectations! It was the most action-packed 4-days of my life.”
“I can truly say that Project PoSSUM has challenged my notion of a classroom.”
“Our class brought together candidates from across the world, all interested and invested in citizen science near the edge of space. I left inspired and excited for the future of spaceflight.”
“The Project PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut program was of tremendous relevance in my preparation to apply to the 2016-2017 Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Recruitment Campaign (ARC). Project PoSSUM must have gotten a hold of the of the CSA astronaut training manual because a majority of the requirements CSA was looking for in its astronaut candidates were met and exceeded by Project PoSSUM. The list is extensive but notable are the experience gained through aeronomy research, mission planning, spacecraft and instrumentation design and operation, aerobatic flight instruction, acclimatization to microgravity and hypergravity environments, hypoxia training, and spacesuit donning/doffing and operation instructions. These hands-on activities certainly gave me an advantage in the CSA ARC. I can confidently say that Project PoSSUM is a highly-relevant program for aspiring astronauts. I am looking forward to participating in the Project PoSSUM Spacecraft Egress Course in the Spring.”