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’) citizen-science program to better our understanding of the dynamics of our upper atmosphere as well as human performance in suborbital space vehicles.

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.

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!

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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Upcoming IIAS Campaigns


11sep(sep 11)6:30 pm16(sep 16)5:00 pmPoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 2001 and 2002

14sep(sep 14)8:00 am18(sep 18)5:00 pm2020 PoSSUM Academy - Red Sprite Group

18sep(sep 18)6:30 pm24(sep 24)5:00 pmPoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 2003

21sep(sep 21)8:00 am25(sep 25)5:00 pm2020 PoSSUM Academy - Blue Jet Group

28sep(sep 28)8:00 am02oct(oct 2)5:00 pmFeaturedBIO 103 Microgravity Research CampaignMicrogravity Research Campaign supporting the IIAS BIO 103 Program


21oct(oct 21)8:00 am24(oct 24)5:00 pmFeaturedEVA 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

25oct(oct 25)8:00 am29(oct 29)12:00 pmFeaturedEVA 103 Planetary Field Geology Field CampaignEVA 103 course covers the requirements and design considerations for EVA systems and tools for conducting planetary field geology


05dec(dec 5)8:00 am09(dec 9)5:00 pmFeaturedOPS 102 Spacecraft Egress and Rescue Operations On-SiteOn-site compliment to BIO 102 course providing aircraft egress and sea survial training to complement post-landing human space flight system engineering instruction

10dec(dec 10)8:00 am14(dec 14)5:00 pmFeaturedBIO 104: Advanced Egress - Spacesuit Landing and Post-Landing Testing

NOTE: All schedules for Fall 2020 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.

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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.

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