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 26-credit immersive professional education program currently under accreditation process enabling publishable, peer-reviewed scientific research in the fields of aeronomy, bioastronautics, EVA operations, space flight 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 two Advanced Research Electives (6 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 Methods2 creditsS. Ritter
Aeronomy Concentration
AER 101: Suborbital Space Environment 3 creditsA. Kleinboehl
AER 102: Remote Sensing and Modeling of the Mesosphere3 creditsS. Mitchell, K. Foster
Bioastronautics Concentration
BIO 101: Spaceflight Physiology 3 creditsE. Seedhouse
BIO 103: Microgravity Spacesuit Evaluation 3 creditsA. Persad, L. Kennick
Extravehicular Activity Concentration
EVA 101: Life Support Systems3 creditsE. Seedhouse
EVA 103: Planetary Field Geology and EVA Tool Development3 creditsU. Horodyskyj, J. Hurtado
Space Flight Operations Concentration
OPS 101: System Engineering for Human Spaceflight3 creditsK. Trujillo
OPS 102: Orbital Mechanics and Mission Simulation3 creditsTBD
Advanced Research Electives
AER 103: Airborne Remote Sensing of Noctilucent Clouds 3 creditsJ. Reimuller
EDU 102: Space Suit Technician Qualification1 creditT. Southern, C. Lundeen
BIO 104: Post-Landing Space Suit Evaluation3 creditsK. Trujillo
EVA 102: Operational Space Medicine3 creditsS. Pandya, J. Saget
EVA 104: EVA Space Suit Evaluation3 creditsT. Southern, K. Trujillo
OPS 103: Flight Test Engineering - Performance3 creditsTBD
OPS 104: Flight Test Engineering - Stability and Control3 creditsTBD

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: Planetary Field Geology 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, 2019Field Campaign: 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 11-14, 2019EVA 102: Operational Space MedicineMontreal, Quebec
Oct 15-18, 2019EVA 104: Fundamentals of EVA Suit Operations
Montreal, Quebec