Are you up for the highest level of astronaut initiation? Enjoy a challenging, space-life experience with scuba-based* microgravity orientation, advanced missions and engineering training in Advanced Space Academy®.
Advanced Space Academy is an adventure that enables high-school aged trainees to forge futures, make friends and explore careers. Trainees are immersed in science, technology, engineering and math education while focusing on college and career preparation. Extended-duration missions give trainees more teamwork experience to prepare for becoming the next generation of space leaders and explorers.
During the five-night program, trainees undergo hands-on drills, as well as learn about the mental and physical demands for astronauts, engineers and technologists. The buoyancy of water provides the environment for microgravity exercises in the Underwater Astronaut Trainer, while the Multi-Axis Trainer and 1/6th gravity chair further challenge balance and movement.
Advanced Space Academy is a college-accredited program through the University of Alabama-Huntsville (UAHuntsville). Students earn one hour of freshman-level general science credit from UAHuntsville. Students also receive information explaining how they may have the credit transferred to another college or high school to be part of an official transcript.
After completion of the five-night program, students are eligible to participate in a highly-selective, invitation-only 12-night camp.
*Certain medical restrictions may prohibit the trainee from scuba diving.
Advanced Space Academy trainees select from the following track options:
Mission Specialist Track
- Space Suit Theory and Design
- Space Physiology
- Scuba Space Walk Training
- Aeronautic Design
- Jet Aircraft Simulations
- Orbital Mechanics
Check-In: Sunday, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Graduation: Friday, 11 a.m.