The IIAS Applied Astronautics Program

Earn an IIAS 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 to students interested in a career in astronautics and related sciences. It is a 30-credit immersive professional education program currently under accreditation process enabling publishable, peer-reviewed scientific research in the fields of aeronomy, bioastronautics, mission design, space flight operations, and science education. Tuition, including textbooks and room and board for select courses, starts at $17,995.

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Applied Astronautics Course Offerings

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)
Basic Astroanutics
AST 101: Advanced PoSSUM Academy 3 creditsJ. Reimuller, E. Seedhouse
Aeronomy Concentration
AER 101: Suborbital Space Environment 3 creditsA. Kleinboehl
AER 102: Remote Sensing and Mesospheric Modeling3 creditsK. Foster
AER 103: Airborne Remote Sensing of Noctilucent Clouds 3 creditsJ. Reimuller
AER 104: Aeronomy Thesis3 creditsTBD
Bioastronautics: IVA Space Suit Evaluation Concentration
BIO 101: Spaceflight Physiology 3 creditsE. Seedhouse
BIO 102/OPS 102: Spacecraft Egress an Rescue Operations3 creditsJ. Reimuller
BIO 103: Microgravity Space Suit Evaluation 3 creditsA. Persad
BIO 104: Post-Landing Space Suit Evaluation3 creditsK. Trujillo
Science Education Concentration
EDU 101: Citizen Science Research Methods2 creditsS. Ritter
EDU 102: Science Communication3 creditsS. Redmond
EDU 103: IIAS Instructor Qualification Course3 creditsS. Redmond
EDU 104: IIAS Leadership Development Course3 creditsS. Proctor
Bioastronautics: EVA Space Suit Evaluation Concentration
EVA 101: Life Support Systems3 creditsE. Seedhouse
EVA 102: Operational Space Medicine 3 creditsS. Pandya
EVA 103: Planetary Field Geology and EVA Tool Development3 creditsJ. Hurtado, U. Horodyskyj
EVA 104: Gravity-Offset EVA Space Suit Evaluation3 creditsK. Trujillo
EVA 105: Fundamentals of Underwater Analog EVA 3 creditsM. Harasymczuk
Space Flight Operations Concentration
OPS 101: Spacecraft Systems Engineering3 creditsK. Trujillo
OPS 102/BIO 102: Spacecraft Egress and Rescue Operations3 creditsJ. Reimuller
OPS 103: Operational Space Medicine3 creditsS. Pandya
OPS 104: Astrodynamics and Orbital Operations3 creditsK. Ernandes
Flight Test Engineering Concentration
FTE 101: Fundamentals of Flight Test Engineering3 creditsK. Trujillo
FTE 102: Fixed Wing Performance Flight Testing3 creditsTBD
FTE 103: Fixed-Wing Stability and Control Flight Testing3 creditsTBD
FTE 104: High-Performance Flight Testing2 creditsTBD

Upcoming Class Schedule

DATESCOURSELOCATIONINSTRUCTOR
Aug 29- Nov 15, 2020OPS 101: System Engineering for Human Space FlightVirtualMr. Ken Trujillo
Aug 29 - Nov 12, 2020AER 102: Remote Sensing and Mesospheric ModelingVirtualMr Kyle Foster
Dec 7-11, 2020 (campaign)BIO 103: Microgravity Space Suit EvaluationNational Research Council, Ottawa, OntarioDr. Aaron Persad
Jan 8-29, 2021 (virtual); Jan 30 - Feb 3 (on-site)BIO 102: Spacecraft Egress and Rescue OperationsSurvival Systems USA, Groton, CT.Dr. Jason Reimuller
Jan 15-29, 2021 (on-site)AST 101: Fundamentals of Applied Astronautics (Advanced PoSSUM Academy)Florida Tech, Melbourne, FL.Dr. Jason Reimuller, Dr. Erik Seedhouse
Feb 4-8, 2021 (on-site)BIO 104: Advanced Spacecraft Egress - Post-landing Spacesuit OperationsSurvival Systems USA, Groton, CT.Mr. Ken Trujillo
Feb 1 - April 30, 2021FTE 101: Fundamentals of Flight Test EngineeringVirtualMr. Ken Trujillo
Feb 1 - Apr 30, 2021AER 101: Suborbital Space EnvironmentVirtualDr. Armin Kleinboehl
Feb 1 - Apr 30, 2021BIO 101: Space Flight PhysiologyVirtualDr. Erik Seedhouse
Feb 10-14, 2021EVA 105: Fundamentals of Underwater EVASurvival Systems USA, Groton, CT.Mr. Matt Harasymczuk, Mr. Ken Trujillo
Apr 24-27 (on-site)
EVA 102: Operational Space MedicineSan Francisco Volcanic Flats, AZ.Dr. Shawna Pandya, Dr. Jeremy Saget
Apr 28 - May 2 (on-site)EVA 103: Planetary Field Geology and EVA Tool DevelopmentSan Francisco Volcanic Flats, AZ.Dr. Jose Hurtado, Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj
Feb 17 - April 10, 2021Special Topic: Celestial NavigationVirtualMr. Chris Lundeen
Feb 17 - April 10, 2021Special Topic: Celestial NavigationVirtualMr. Chris Lundeen
May 10 - July 23, 2021 (virtual); Campaign TBDFTE 103: Fixed-Wing Performence Flight TestingColorado Air and Space Port, Watkins, CO.Mr. Ken Trujillo
May 10 - July 23, 2021OPS 104: Orbital Mechanics and Mission SimulationVirtualMr. Ken Ernandes
May 10 - July 8 (virtual); July 9-19, 2021 (campaign)AER 103 Field Campaign: Airborne Remote Sensing of the MesosphereYellowknife, NWTDr. Jason Reimuller
June 7 - July 26, 2021EDU 101: Citizen Science Research MethodsVirtualMr. Scott Ritter
Aug 9 - Oct 29, 2021EVA 101: Life Support SystemsVirtualDr. Erik Seedhouse
Aug 9 - Oct 29, 2021 (virtual); campaign (TBD)FTE 103: Fixed-Wing Stability and Control Flight TestingColorado Air and Space Port, Watkins, CO.Mr. Ken Trujillo
Aug 24 - Sept 18 (virtual)
Sept 17-Oct 1, 2021 (in Florida)
AST 101: Fundamentals of Applied Astronautics (Advanced PoSSUM Academy)Florida Tech, Melbourne, FL.Dr. Jason Reimuller, Dr. Erik Seedhouse
July 26 - Sept 25 (virtual)
Oct 4-8, 2021 (campaign)
BIO 103: Microgravity Spacesuit EvaluationNational Research Council, Ottawa, OntarioDr. Aaron Persad
Aug 3 - Sept 25 (virtual)
Oct 11-15, 2021 (campaign)
EVA 104: Gravity-Offset EVA Suit Evaluation
Canadian Space Agency, Montreal Qc.Dr. Aaron Persad, Mr. Ted Southern

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 planned course.

Tuition Costs

The IIAS Applied Astronautics Credential is designed to be completed in 12-months of intensive study. Those accepted for candidacy will consult with their faculty advisor and must select their concentrations of study by 15 January or by 15 July of the year when they wish to start their studies.

Tuition includes 30 credits of academic instruction including a thesis and three research field campaigns of the students choice. Books and graduation materials are included.

Base Tuition and Fees:$17995
AST 101: Fundamentals of AstronauticsIncluded
EDU 101: Citizen-Science Research MethodsIncluded
AST 199: ThesisIncluded
Select Two Academic Concentrations:
Aeronomy (AER 101 and AER 102)included
Bioastronautics: IVA (BIO 101 and EVA 101)included
Science Education (EDU 102 and EDU 103)included
Space Flight Operations (OPS 101 and OPS 102) (Groton CT)+$2000
Bioastronautics: EVA (EVA 101 and one of EVA 102 or EVA 103) (Flagstaff, AZ)+$1800
Select Three Citizen-Science Campaigns:
AER 103: Airborne Noctilucent Cloud Tomography (Yellowknife, NWT)Included
BIO 103: Microgravity Space Suit Evaluation (Ottawa, ON)Included
OPS 104: Astrodynamics and Mission Simulation (Groton, CT)Included
BIO 104: Post-Landing Space Suit Evaluation (Requires Space Flight Operations Concentration) (Groton, CT)Included
EVA 104: Gravity-Offset EVA Space Suit Evaluation (Requires Bioastronautics EVA Concentration) (Montreal, QC)Included
EDU 104: Space Leadership Development Course (Flagstaff, AZ)Included
Optional Services:
PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Qualification+$1500
Nomex Flight Suit+$295

Please account for transportation expenses to the field research campaign locations. Lodging is included for the following field campaigns: AER 103, EVA 102, EVA 103, and EDU 104. BIO 102, BIO 104, OPS 104, BIO 103, and AST 101 do not include lodging. Here is a list with the anticipated expense of lodging for each course:

  • BIO 102, BIO 104, OPS 104 (Groton, CT., $250 each)
  • BIO 103 (Ottawa, Ontario, $250)
  • AST 101  (Melbourne FL, $400)

Are you ready to get started?

You must have received credit for AST 101 through either the PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Qualification Program or the Advanced PoSSUM Academy to apply for candidacy in the IIAS Applied Astronautics Program. Acceptance for AST 101 graduates is automatic.

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