Applied Astronautics Program

The Professional Certificate in Applied Astronautics

The only program of its type in the world, the Professional Credential in Applied Astronautics is awarded by the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences involving components of both Project PoSSUM and Project OTTER. It is a 24-credit immersive professional education program currently under accreditation process enabling publishable, peer-reviewed scientific research in the fields of aeronomy, bioastronautics, mission design, operations, and science education. Tuition, including textbooks and room and board for select courses, starts at $14,500.

Project PoSSUM members test Final Frontier space suits through unassisted top-hatch egress procedures in a test article approximating NASA's Orion spacecraft.
Spacesuit Readiness in Mission Control
PoSSUM team members testing seat ingress methods in microgravity using Final Frontier 3G IVA spacesuits (credit: Cinemaraven)

Applied Astronautics Curriculum

Students enrolled in the Applied Astronautics Program complete all core classes (8 credits), select two concentrations from the list below (12 credits), and select one Advanced Research Elective (3 credits).

Class TitleContinuing Education UnitsInstructor(s)
Core Classes
AST 101: Advanced PoSSUM Academy 3 creditsJ. Reimuller, E. Seedhouse
BIO 102: Spacecraft Egress and Rescue Operations3 creditsJ. Reimuller
EDU 101: Citizen Science Research Methods3 creditsS. Ritter
Aeronomy Concentration
AER 101: Suborbital Space Environment 3 creditsA. Kleinboehl
AER 103: Airborne Remote Sensing of Noctilucent Clouds 3 creditsJ. Reimuller
Bioastronautics Concentration
BIO 101: Spaceflight Physiology 3 creditsE. Seedhouse
BIO 103: Microgravity Spacesuit Evaluation 3 creditsA. Persad, L. Kennick
Science Education Concentration
EDU102: Spacesuit and Simulator Technician Qualification Course 2 creditsN. Moiseev, C. Nguyen
EDU 104: Sci-Arts and Science Communication 2 creditJ. McPhee
AER 102: Celestial Mechanics 2 creditsJ. Cook
Extravehicular Activity Concentration
EVA 101: Space and Remote Medicine3 creditsS. Pandya
EVA 102: Life Support Systems and EVA Operations 3 creditsE. Seedhouse, N. Moiseev
Spacecraft Technologies Concentration
SAT 101: Spacecraft Systems Engineering3 creditsK. Trujillo
SAT 102: Astrodynamics and Orbital Operations3 creditsTBD
Advanced Research Electives
BIO 104: Advanced Egress – Spacesuit Post-Landing Testing 3 creditsK. Trujillo
EVA 103: Extraterrestrial Geology and EVA Tool Development3 creditsU. Horodyskyj, J. Hurtado
EVA 104: Saturation Diving and EVA Planning3 creditsTBD
SAT 104: Cubesat Test and Validation3 creditsJ. Reimuller

Class of 2018 Schedule

Feb 1-15, 2017EVA 103: Terrestrial Analog EVA Spacesuit Operations (beta test)Atacama, Chile
Apr 3-7, 2017BIO 102: Spacecraft Egress and Rescue OperationsGroton, CT.
Apr 5-7, 2017EDU 104: SciArts and Science CommunicatiDaytona Beach, FL.
Apr 7-13, 2017AST 101: Fundamentals of Applied Astronautics*Daytona Beach, FL.
Jun 24-Jul 8, 2017AER103: Airborne Remote Sensing of the Mesosphere
High Level, AB.
Sept 9-16, 2017EVA 101: Space Medicine and Extreme EnvironmentsBoulder, CO.
Oct 2-5, 2017BIO 103: Microgravity Spacesuit EvaluationOttawa, ON.
Feb 5-Mar 31, 2018AER 101: Suborbital Space Environment
Feb 5-Mar 31, 2018BIO 101: Spaceflight PhysiologyVirtual
Feb 22-Apr 5, 2018AER 102: Celestial MechanicsVirtual
Mar 10-Apr 8, 2018AST 101: Fundamentals of Applied Astronautics*Daytona Beach, FL
Mar 12-Apr 12, 2018BIO 102: Spacecraft Egress and Rescue Operations
Groton, CT.
Apr 13-16, 2018BIO 104: Advanced Spacecraft Egress - Post-landing Spacesuit OperationsGroton, CT.
July 16 - Aug 31, 2018EDU 101: Citizen Science Research MethodsVirtual
Aug 6 - Oct 8, 2018EVA 102: Life Support Systems and EVA OperationsBoston, MA.
Sept 8-Oct 19, 2018BIO 103: Microgravity Spacesuit EvaluationOttawa, ON.
Sept 12-Oct 6, 2018AST 101: Fundamentals of Applied Astronautics*Daytona Beach, FL.
Oct 5-8, 2018EDU 104: SciArts and Science CommunicationDaytona Beach, FL.