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 creditsT. Southern, G. James
EDU 104: Sci-Arts and Science Communication 2 creditJ. McPhee
AER 102: Celestial Mechanics 2 creditsJ. Cook
Extravehicular Activity Concentration
EVA 101: Life Support Systems3 creditsE. Seedhouse
EVA 103: Lunar and Martian Atmospheric and Geological Science and EVA Tool Development3 creditsU. Horodyskyj, J. Hurtado
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 102: Space and Remote Medicine3 creditsS. Pandya, J. Saget
EVA 104: EVA Space Suit Operations2 creditsT. Southern, A. Persad
SAT 104: Cubesat Test and Validation3 creditsJ. Reimuller

Class of 2019 Schedule

Feb 5 - April 15, 2019AER 101: Suborbital Space EnvironmentVirtual
Feb 5 - April 15, 2019BIO 101: Space Flight PhysiologyVirtual
Feb 5 - May 15, 2019EVA 103: Lunar and Martian Atmospheric and Geological Science and EVA Tool DevelopmentSan Francisco Volcanic Flats, AZ.
March 23-27; March 25-29, 2019AST 101: Fundamentals of Applied Astronautics*Daytona Beach, FL.
Apr 6-10, 2019BIO 102: Spacecraft Egress and Rescue OperationsGroton, CT.
Apr 11-14, 2019BIO 104: Advanced Spacecraft Egress - Post-landing Spacesuit OperationsGroton, CT.
Jun 29-Jul 3, 2019AER 103: Airborne Remote Sensing of the Mesosphere
Edmonton, AB.
July 8 - Aug 30, 2019EDU 101: Citizen Science Research MethodsVirtual
Aug 5 - Oct 11, 2019EVA 101: Life Support SystemsVirtual
Sept 20-27, 2019AST 101: Fundamentals of Applied Astronautics*Daytona Beach, FL.
Oct 7-11, 2019BIO 103: Microgravity Spacesuit EvaluationOttawa, Ontario.
Oct 12-16, 2019EVA 102: Operational Space MedicineMontreal, Quebec
Oct 17-20, 2019EVA 104: Fundamentals of EVA Suit Operations
Montreal, Quebec