Analog Astronaut Training



There are a number of ways in which analog astronauts engage in specialized training from a simulated space mission to survival skills. Below are a few of the top training programs currently available for analog astronauts.

Aquarius Habitat (NEEMO) - Underwater habitat (research laboratory) located 5.4 miles off Key Largo in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.




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Austrian Space Forum - offers research and expeditions in the field of space (e.g. AMADEE program)



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D-MARS - D-MARS is a space analog research center in Israel, in which analog astronauts go on a scientific journey of exploration that simulates an actual mission on the surface of the planet Mars.

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Final Frontier Design - offers spacesuit experience. Participants are able to experience and try on a commercial spacesuit.




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HI-SEAS (Hawai's Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) - is an analog habitat for human spaceflight to Mars. HI-SEAS is located in an isolated position on the slopes of the Mauna Loa volcano on the island of Hawaii.




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LunAres (Simulated space base and a research laboratory) - simulated Lunar and Mars exploration habitat located in Pila, Poland.




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Mars Academy USA offers fully immersive Analog Astronaut Training with monthly missions. We also pioneering the MARS MEDICS training programs for medical and biotech professionals focusing on space medicine, astro-wellness and exponential technologies. These graduates will be selected for our mid and high fidelity missions to Kilimanjaro, Everest and Antarctica in 2019- 2020.

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Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) - simulated Mars surface exploration habitat in the Utah desert owned and operated by the Mars Society in the USA.




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National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center - is the first FAA-approved center that meets all the training requirements for commercial human spaceflight. Their mission is to optimize human performance in extreme environments. Their programs are geared towards space training, military aviation, and civil aviation.




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Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) - is a network of Austrian and international research institutions, industry partners, and scientists interested in space exploration.

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Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) - Offers courses and programs geared towards training citizen scientists in the field of astronautics.




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Space NationSpace Nation was founded with the core mission of making space and astronaut experiences accessible to everybody.


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Space Studies ProgramThe International Space University (ISU) provides graduate-level training to the future leaders of the emerging global space community. The Space Studies Program (SSP) is a nine-week program that covers the main space-related fields.


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Survival Systems USA  - provides courses in underwater egress and water survival training.




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Ventures Beyond, LLC offers Citizen Scientist Astronaut, Aquanaut, and Cavenaut education Courses. We collaborate with a non-profit organization and incorporate citizen scientists, dive fish counts, and leave-no-trace principles in our online training. Ground school training for all programs are located in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida and various locations throughout the US.
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Russia Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) - the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) analog research facility located in Moscow, Russia.