FFD Completes Round of Spacesuit Testing with Project PoSSUM

Infrared cam shot of PoSSUM Academy participants Michael Long and Abdelraouf Elwaqad testing FFD space suits in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s suborbital spaceflight simulator. (Credit: Nicholas Mercury Carlstrom)
Infrared cam shot of PoSSUM Academy participants Michael Long and Abdelraouf Elwaqad testing FFD space suits in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s suborbital spaceflight simulator. (Credit: Nicholas Mercury Carlstrom)

BROOKLYN, NY, May 3, 2016 (FFD PR) – Last month, Final Frontier Design (FFD) completed another round of space suit testing in Daytona, Florida as part of Project PoSSUM, in conjunction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU).

During “suit days” in the multi-day program, participants learn about space suits and safe operations followed by individual sessions where they don FFD space suits, pressurize in ERAU’s suborbital flight simulator, and conduct image capture in a mock flight scenario with a professional grade RED camera. As part of testing, ERAU and Final Frontier Design also gather valuable data on suit user bio statistics and a range of qualitative feedback on general suit comfort and usability to inform future designs. Such data collections plays a significant role in FFD’s near-term milestones targeting the commercial spaceflight industry: FAA Flight Safety Certification for its suborbital Stratos-Suit design. This round of Project PoSSUM had 15 participants.

FFD co-founded Nikolay Moiseev testing the fit range of FFD’s 3G Suit (large) vs. Terra-Suit (med) with Project PoSSUM participants Tom Foltz (L) and Anima Patil-Sabale (R). (Credit: Final Frontier Design)
FFD co-founded Nikolay Moiseev testing the fit range of FFD’s 3G Suit (large) vs. Terra-Suit (med) with Project PoSSUM participants Tom Foltz (L) and Anima Patil-Sabale (R). (Credit: Final Frontier Design)

Project PoSSUM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit suborbital research and education program devoted to the study of our upper atmosphere and the role it plays in the understanding of our global climate. The goal of the training is to conduct aeronomy research and educational outreach using imagery and tomographic techniques from suborbital manned spacecraft and high-altitude balloons. When not training in the suits, participants study the science and protocols focused on identifying and capturing noctilucent clouds that occur at suborbital altitudes.

 PoSSUM Candidates Michael Parkhill and Dustin Wallace demonstrate Project PoSSUM’s combination of theoretical preparation and practical simulation. (Credit: Final Frontier Design)
PoSSUM Candidates Michael Parkhill and Dustin Wallace demonstrate Project PoSSUM’s combination of theoretical preparation and practical simulation. (Credit: Final Frontier Design)

During operations, FFD had the pleasure of working closely with ERAU’s Dr. Erik Seedhouse and Dr. Pedro Llanos, alongside Integrated Spaceflight Services’ Jason Reimuller, Van Wampler and Parker Rice of CinemaRaven (providers of the RED cam and additional cinematographic expertise), and a number of ERAU pilots and sim technicians that play a critical role in flying and operating the simulation equipment during these sessions. Shout outs to Gavin James, Vince Baeri, Nicholas Carlstrom, Christopher Nguyen, Kirby Cole, the slew of ERAU staff that made this possible, and all the PoSSUM participants we had the fun of suiting up.

About Final Frontier Design

Final Frontier Design is a Brooklyn-based private design firm crafting aerospace safety garments and space-inspired fashion for the future of space travel and terrestrial life.

  • Nikolay Moiseev

    round #3. about 50 astronaut candidates since February 2015

  • TimAndrews868

    Looks like Final Frontier is going with hoods, rather than helmets, like the Sokol.