Training Overview

Whether you are traveling into orbit, visiting a space hotel, or working off-world on the Moon, your trip will be a life-changing experience. Opifex Global’s training courses will prepare you for what to expect, helping to ensure that your life-changing experience is a good one.

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Opifex student preparing for weightlessness in the neutral-buoyancy tank.

NEUTRAL-BUOYANCY TANK

Government space programs insist the underwater neutral-buoyancy method is the most effective way to train astronauts and to simulate working without gravity. We made some upgrades to existing designs, allowing us to more accurately simulate outer-space. Experience weightlessness in pure darkness, train with space tools, learn about sub-systems.

 
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Opifex student practicing grab-rail / tethering drills while suspended in the zero-gravity harness.

ZERO-GRAVITY HARNESS

Learning to perform basic tasks while in the weightlessness of space is very challenging. Your strengths will shift, your sense of direction will be tested, and you will need to remain calm through it all. These basic tasks will seem like no problem once you have mastered them - before you go. Gravity has a way of providing a sense of security; so make certain to practice without it.

 
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Students get to practice off-world gravity maneuvers using the vertical harness bungee track.

OFF-WORLD GRAVITY HARNESS

Gravity is what pulls you towards the ground, so changing your gravity can make you feel heavier or lighter. Your weight on the Moon and on Mars is less than that on Earth, so working off-world comes with both rewards and challenges. Prepare yourself for being able to jump farther and higher, lift more than normal, but also how to get up after falling down in a Spacesuit.

 
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All trainees get to experience the Overview Effect during their visit to the training center.

OVERVIEW EFFECT

The “overview effect” has been reported by some astronauts during spaceflights and EVA spacewalks as both exciting and disorienting. This can be overwhelming to the senses and can impede your work. Practice floating over the Earth while listening to astronauts discussing their own first time experiences seeing the earth from space.

 
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Our training suits were developed with assistance from Aqualung.

SPACESUITS & HELMETS

Helmets and spacesuits are the life-support systems for humans in worlds that aren’t very habitable to us. We must wear both pressure and temperature controlled garments whether we are below in the deep ocean or above in outer-space. Learn about basic donning and doffing, pressure effects, communications, airflow control, gloves, and emergency escape procedures.

 
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Augmented reality is used to overlay off-world terrain onto the floors and walls during training.

AUGMENTED-REALITY

Sometimes the best way to experience something overwhelming is through the use of technology. Opifex combines Augmented Reality (AR) with physical simulators and training aids to create a completely immersive experience for the mind. We digitally insert off-world terrain and topographical features overlaid onto your surroundings, transforming your physical world.

 
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Fluids, solids, gases, and humans will all react differently in space and off-world.

SPACE PHYSICS

New and different atmospheres can be potentially dangerous for humans, so you will need to learn a few things before you go. The physics we are used to here on Earth react a little differently than you might expect when gravity and pressure are changed. Having a basic understanding of these changes, and what to expect from your body, suit, and transport are essential to you having a great space experience.

 
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Our underwater space training dive-suit made the cover of Underwater Magazine.

SURFACE-SUPPLIED AIR (SSA) DIVING

The foundation for all government and commercial astronaut training springs from the basics of underwater helmet diving. The knowledge we have of pressurized suits, self contained life-support systems, and the physics that change with hem all originated from he Navy’s and Army’s dive curriculum. In order to go to space, you must first go underwater.

 
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Water safety and rescue is important because your return to Earth will be a wet one.

WATER SAFETY AND RESCUE TRAINING

Returning to the Earth after being in space requires you to land on the water (for now). Water landings can potentially be dangerous so learning about water safety and rescue is also a requirement. Perform basic swimming and treading-water exercises, learn how to survive at sea, and what to expect regarding boat retrieval from your transport provider.