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Astronautical Professionals

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

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Mesospheric Science

IVA Space Suit Evaluation

Flight Test Engineering

Astronaut Training and Spacecrft Egress

Educational Outreach

Science Communication

Community Empowerment

EVA 104_2

Operational Research

EVA Space Suit Evaluation

Microgravity Science

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.)


2021 Field Research Campaigns


17apr(apr 17)6:30 pm21(apr 21)5:00 pmPoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 2001 and 2002

19apr(apr 19)8:00 am23(apr 23)5:00 pm2020 PoSSUM Academy - Red Sprite Group

24apr(apr 24)6:30 pm28(apr 28)5:00 pmPoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 2003 and 2101

26apr(apr 26)8:00 am30(apr 30)5:00 pm2020 PoSSUM Academy - Blue Jet Group


01may8:00 am05(may 5)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

06may(may 6)8:00 am09(may 9)5:00 pmFeaturedBIO 104: Advanced Egress - Spacesuit Landing and Post-Landing Testing

10may(may 10)8:00 am12(may 12)5:00 pmOPS 104 On-Site Mission Simulation TrainingOn-Site compliment to OPS 104 Orbital Mechanics and Mission Simulation using the IIAS Orion simulator to provide high-fidelity simulation of ISS rendezvous and docking missions.

13may(may 13)8:00 am16(may 16)5:00 pmEVA 105 Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory EVA Operations CampaignOn-Site compliment to EVA 105 Fundamentals of Underwater EVA Operations using the IIAS Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. This NAUI-certified prepares on to evaluate actual EVA space suits in analog underwater conditions.

17may(may 17)8:00 am21(may 21)5:00 pmFeaturedBIO 103 Microgravity Research CampaignMicrogravity Research Campaign supporting the IIAS BIO 103 Program

25may(may 25)8:00 am28(may 28)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

29may01junEVA 103 Planetary Field Geology Field CampaignEVA 103 course covers the requirements and design considerations for EVA systems and tools for conducting planetary field geology


06jun(jun 6)8:00 am12(jun 12)5:00 pmFTE 102 Fixed-Wing Performance Flight Test CampaignOn-Site compliment to FTE 102 Fixed-Wing Performance Flight Testing using Turbo Mooney aircraft.

13jun(jun 13)8:00 am19(jun 19)5:00 pmFTE 103 Fixed-Wing Stability and Control Flight Test CampaignOn-Site compliment to the FTE 102 Fixed-Wing Stability and Control Flight Test Course using Turbo Mooney, Piper Twin, and Pitts S2B aircraft.


10julAll Day20FeaturedAER 103 Noctilucent Cloud Imagery Field Research CampaignField campaign as part of AER 103, Airborne Noctilucent Cloud Imagery course to study noctilucent cloud formations through coordinated ground, airborne, and balloon observations.


01nov8:00 am05(nov 5)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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