PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 1602

PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 1602 PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 1602
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    Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere (PoSSUM), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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United States
Dayton Beach, Florida

The PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Program at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a four-day, fully immersive training program that will provide the skills required to effectively conduct research on the next generation of commercial space vehicles as part of Project PoSSUM. The four-day course extends upon an academic preparation administered through a series of courses delivered through Webinar. Designed and instructed by former NASA astronaut instructors and PoSSUM team scientists, the PoSSUM scientist-astronaut program combines high-G training, crew resource management training, spacesuit training, high-altitude training, biometric analysis, and PoSSUMCam operations. You will also receive comprehensive instruction on noctilucent cloud science, observational history, research methods from some of the world’s leading noctilucent cloud scientists, then learn to use real PoSSUM Instruments on customized simulations of actual PoSSUM research flights, using the most modern training facilities available. Upon graduation, you will be fully trained and qualified to fly to space as a PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut!

Curriculum:

The Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere Environment
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing and Aerospace Cinematography
Spaceflight Simulation and Operations
Hypoxia Awareness and Mitigation
Spacesuit Operations
High-G Analog and Mitigation Methods
Introduction to Aerospace Physiology
Introduction to Life Support Systems
Fundamentals of Celestial Navigation
Science Communication and Public Outreach

Students receive:

Four days of instruction and training session plus preparatory Webinar sessions to cover academics
Mission simulation and Crew Resource Management Training in PoSSUMSim
High-G and microgravity Space Physiology flight with Patty Wagstaff using a Super Decathlon aerobatic aircraft and an Extra 300 aerobatic aircraft.
Anti-G Garment training
High Altitude mission training in a full altitude chamber facility using simulation and biometric analysis.
Spacesuit Training (don, doff, regulating pressure, basic mobility, fine motor skills, flight system control, contingency operations)
Full Scientist-Astronaut Mission simulation training in spacesuits in PoSSUMSim
Individual instruction on PoSSUMCam and scientific video camera systems
PoSSUM flight suit (official personalized NOMEX flight suits available for an additional $250)
PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Manual (hardcover)
Welcome reception, keynote talks and panels, and graduation
Comprehensive assessment and videos of students training procedures
PoSSUM graduation certificate

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