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Analog Astronaut Training Center  is a private company, which accelerates human spaceflight scientific studies. AATC was created by former European Space Agency professionals: engineer and scientist. In 2018, the company established a laboratory to simulate space environment for scientific experiments focused on space biology and medicine. The facility is located in Rzepiennik, South of Poland. It specialises in operational trainings for scientists, engineers, space enthusiasts and future astronaut candidates. Beside scientific projects, co-supervision of engineer- master and doctoral theses, AATC organizes rocket workshops, stratospheric missions and scientific lunar and martian analog simulations. In 2022 the company has reached 50 successfully organized analog simulations, what positions Poland on the top in Europe considering the number of organized expeditions. Most of trained analog astronauts continue their career in the space sector. AATC helps them to develop and grow by publishing their work on international platforms, by sharing precious international contacts and collaborations and involving them in multiple ongoing space projects.

Programs offered in 2022

  • 1 and 2 week long international space science internships for students
  • Lunar and martian analog simulations in the habitat
  • Junior Space Camps
  • Human centrifuge training course – collaboration with Military Institute of Aerospace Medicine in Warsaw, Poland
  • Hyperbaric, Hypobaric and Thermal chambers – collaboration with Military Institute of Aerospace Medicine in Warsaw, Poland
  • Robotic operations and Human Robotic support in extreme environments – collaboration with ABM Space, Toruń, Poland
  • H.U.E.T. trainer and sea survival – collaboration with Gdynia Maritime School 
  • Habitat systems and mission operations
  • PADI certified scuba diver training courses (from Open Water diver to Instructor level) – collaboration with Deep Diver Pila
  • Skydiving courses – collaboration with Polish Parachuting Association, Poznan division
  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care medical courses – ex special forces operators

Programs in development

  • Pilot training course [from PPL(A) to CPL(A) and from PPL(H) to CPL(H)] – collaboration with Aeroklub Orlat
  • Soyuz water egress and contingency survival (fire, depress, chemical fumes) – collaboration with Deep Diver Pila
  • Exoskeleton training course – with Institute of Medical Technology and Equipment ITAM
  • Fire fighting – collaboration with Fire Department Academy
  • Ophthalmology and emergency eye surgery – Independent MDs
  • Surgery courses – Independent MDs
  • Dental emergencies – Medical University of Poznań, Poland 
  • Speleology courses
  • Extreme Medicine courses – collaboration with Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
  • Trips to Bajkonur, Kennedy Space Center, Johnson Space Center, Technik Museum Speyer (for Buran), National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, European Astronaut Center
  • Project PoSSUM and Project Otter collaboration
  • 3D printing for space applications course with ABM Space, Toruń, Poland
  • Aerospace engineering and astronautics course – collaboration with Polish Air Force Academy
  • ISRU development course
  • e-learning platform for “reversed classes” for each of the training courses 

Our Crew

Agata Kołodziejczyk

Dr Agata Kołodziejczyk

Director of Scientific Projects

The initiator of the first habitat in Poland. Creator and private investor of the laboratory equipment inside the Lunares base. Former postdoc in biomimetics at the European Space Agency. Learn More.

Matt Harasymczuk

Matt Harasymczuk

Director of Flight Crew Operations

Aerospace and Software Engineer. Developing HabitatOS. Former European Space Agency engineer… Learn More.

Jayakumar Venkatesan

Dr Jayakumar Venkatesan

Director of Human Spaceflight Research

Chief Executive Officer & MD Valles Marineris International Private Limited, India; Chief Technology Officer Synergy Moon International, USA (Google Lunar Xprize Finalist), Partner Artemis Space Limited, United Kingdom; Learn More.

Sebastian Hettrich

Dr Sebastian Hettrich

Communication Officer – Photographer

Interested in documenting and publishing space related visual reports. Since 2018, active photographer for analogue space missions. Active member of Mission Control Centre responsible for visual communication with analog astronauts.

Efstratia Salteri

Efstratia Salteri

Journalist – Reporter

Member of Mission Control Center responsible for sharing information with broad public on social media, internet and during many events for students and people interested in human spaceflight.

Murray Mackay

Murray Mackay, MD

Flight Medical Officer

Medical doctor specialized in extreme and space medicine. Author of multiple experiments realized during our analog missions. Takes care of crews in Mission Control Centre.