Spaceflight Advanced Medical Support Certifications

The Spaceflight Advanced Medical Support Certification Program is rooted in the certification by Wilderness Medical Associates International (WMA), which carries the rigors of its 30-year history of wilderness medicine professionals. The WMA curriculum has been overseen and continually revised by a committee of medical practitioners and academics, and has been taught on all seven continents.
Sovaris Aerospace, in exclusive partnership with WMA, has evolved these wilderness-based medical support certification programs into specialized Commercial Spaceflight Medical Support Certification Programs for commercial spaceflight participants.

Certifications include the following:

Spaceflight First Aid Certification
Spaceflight First Responder Certification
Spaceflight Advanced Life Support Certification

The curriculum devotes considerable time to practical sessions and realistic simulations that prepare students for the stress of actual emergency situations in the field. Emphasis is placed on good patient assessments and hands on practice. The program uses a systems-based approach to medicine, to identify a progression of problems within each system and to be able to make informed risk/benefit decisions for each problem. An understanding of risk assessment and prevention/early intervention is emphasized, as part of a decision-based assessment.

Faculty & Purpose

The faculty has widespread experience and has conducted trainings  in  extreme  environments, including  aviation,  spaceflight  (ISS),  battlefield medical response (Delta Force, Special Forces), search  and  rescue,  remote  space  analogues (Antarctica),   high   altitude   research,   oceanic research (NOAA), oceanic expeditionary (National  Geographic),  artificial  gravity  research (NASA),  HALO  arachuting  (high  altitude,  low opening), Naval Aerospace Medicine Operations, parabolic flight search, and others.

These Spaceflight  Medical  Support  Certification Programs are designed to:

  • Elevate the safety of suborbital flight
  • Build a culture of safety, as we evolve to orbital flight
  • Assure   that   more   passengers, crew,   and support teams are first-responder enabled
  • Build a growing community of space aspirants on earth who seek specialized training relevant to space.

A Culture of First Responders

We  envision  a near future  in  which  all  space participants  will  have,  at  minimum, Spaceflight First  Aidcertification.  We  further  envision  that every  flight  will  have  one  or  more  participants certified in either Spaceflight First Response or Spaceflight Advanced Life Support. This  will  enable  a  professional  capability  in  pre-mission risk management, a congruent response to  unanticipated events  in  flight,  and  assure  a capable  cohort  of  passengers  and  crew,  should telemedicine directives be required from ground-based medical staff.

This  should  be  of  particular  relevance  to  flight providers,   ground   crews,   ground   emergency services,   training   sites   like   NASTAR,   paying spaceflight participants, physicians, government, and others.

It will also give birth to a robust safety capability,  as  the  field  evolves to  point-to-point transport and orbital excursions.