Educating the Next-Generation of Astronautical Professionals

A citizen-science institute specializing in aeronomy, bioastronautics, operational science, and science education

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Our students work with the Project PoSSUM (‘Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere’) to better our understanding of the dynamics of our upper atmosphere and human performance in suborbital space vehicles.

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IIAS students work with Project OTTER (Orbital Technologies and Tools for Extravehicular Research) to mature extravehicular activity (EVA) space suit technologies and research human factors related to orbital space flight.

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IIAS students work with our Science Education Program as educators and space flight professionals to inspire and educate our next generation of scientist, engineers, and astronauts!

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Today's Research Enabling Tomorrow's Space Missions

Be a Pioneer of Citizen-Science

Science should be by the people and for the people. We believe science should be a democratic process that publishes peer-reviewed science through privately-funded avenues including elements of external sponsorship, media content, and purposeful and immersive educational services.

Study in an Immersive Educational Program

Together with our institutional partners, we provide high-value educational services in small classes directly from the Subject Matter Experts, employing professional certification of our content with the same rigorous peer-review without the high expenses.

Join a Global Community addressing Global Issues

Our students hail from over 40 countries and bring a broad diversity of backgrounds and professions while sharing their passion of human space exploration. This diversity gives us strength to communicate our science to broad, disparate communities.

Project PoSSUM (‘Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere’) is a citizen-science program hosted by the IIAS. Here, IIAS students contribute to state-of-the-art aeronomy, human factors, and bioastronautics research.

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“We want to understand [how to keep the atmosphere healthy] and I think Project PoSSUM is going to allow us to do that”

Winston E. Scott

NASA Astronaut (ret.)


“I think what excites me about the future of Project PoSSUM is more and more the project is bringing in people from all over the world with all different backgrounds into this environment as citizen scientists.”

Nicole Stott

NASA Astronaut (ret.)


2020-2021 Field Research Campaigns


07dec(dec 7)8:00 am11(dec 11)5:00 pmFeaturedBIO 103 Microgravity Research CampaignMicrogravity Research Campaign supporting the IIAS BIO 103 Program


15jan(jan 15)6:30 pm20(jan 20)5:00 pmPoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 2001 and 2002

18jan(jan 18)8:00 am22(jan 22)5:00 pm2020 PoSSUM Academy - Red Sprite Group

22jan(jan 22)6:30 pm27(jan 27)5:00 pmPoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 2003

25jan(jan 25)8:00 am29(jan 29)5:00 pm2020 PoSSUM Academy - Blue Jet Group

30jan(jan 30)8:00 am03feb(feb 3)5:00 pmOPS 102 Spacecraft Egress and Rescue Operations On-SiteOn-site compliment to OPS 102 course providing aircraft egress and sea survial training to complement post-landing human space flight system engineering instruction


04feb(feb 4)8:00 am08(feb 8)5:00 pmFeaturedBIO 104: Advanced Egress - Spacesuit Landing and Post-Landing Testing


24apr(apr 24)8:00 am27(apr 27)3:00 pmEVA 103 Planetary Field Geology Field CampaignEVA 103 course covers the requirements and design considerations for EVA systems and tools for conducting planetary field geology

28apr(apr 28)8:00 am02may(may 2)5:00 pmEVA 102 Operational Space Medicine Field CampaignField component to cover wilderness medicine in extreme environments, culminating with a 4-day on-site lab portion devoted to triage, scenarios and skills pertaining to wilderness medicine


03may(may 3)8:00 am07(may 7)5:00 pmFeaturedEVA 104 Gravity-Offset EVA Space Suit Evaluation CampaignGravity-offset research campaign to evaluate the Final Frontier Design EVA space suit by applying the tools and techniques developed through EVA 102 and EVA 103 courses

NOTE: All schedules are tentative and dependent on local safety policies and the IIAS Space Medical Team’s assessment of safety with respect to COVID-19. Do not commit to any travel arrangements at this time. IIAS conducts a COVID-19 safety assessment every 90 days prior to the scheduled start of each panned course.

International Institute for Astronautical Sciences

IIAS Administration Office:

1830 22nd street, Suite 6, Boulder, CO 80302, United States

Florida Institute of Technology:

150 W University Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32901, United States

National Research Council Flight Research Laboratory:

1920 Research Road, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Survival Systems USA:

44 Tower Ave #5326, Groton, CT 06340, United States

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University:

1 Aerospace Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, United States

IIAS Partner Institutions

Canadian Space Agency

EVA space suit evaluations conducted as part of Project OTTER partly through use of the IIAS gravity-offset laboratory located at the Canadian Space Agency Headquarters.


IIAS microgravity research and IVA space suit evaluations are conducted as part of Project PoSSUM and in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada


Post-landing egress and underwater EVA space suit evaluations are conducted using the IIAS neutral buoyancy and post-landing laboratory at Survival Systems USA.


All incoming IIAS students are trained at Florida Tech or Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to receive skills required to participate in PoSSUM or OTTER citizen-science research programs.


All IIAS post-landing IVA and underwater EVA space suit evaluations are certified by the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), the SCUBA certification agency of NASA.


In partnership with Final Frontier Design, IIAS tests and evaluates space suit technologies that are being designed for spacecraft, orbital, and lunar operations.

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