Thanks to generous gifts, ISU is the proud owner of a number of education tools that broaden the hands-on training possibilities for the students of ISU Masters programs.
Some of these tools were a donation from the European Space Agency (ESA), as a statement of the agency's strong support to the university. ISU is also really proud to host an Excalibur Almaz Reusable Return Vehicle (Almaz RVV), which is the Russian equivalent of the NASA Space Shuttle transporting cosmonauts from the International Space Station. This vehicle has a remarkable history and pedigree. The Almaz RVV currently on display at ISU is for educational use through a loan by Excalibur Almaz Limited.
Installed during the summer of 2008, the ISU Satellite Ground Station is a fully automated satellite tracking station operating in the amateur radio frequencies. The ground station was built under the European Space Agency (ESA) Global Educational Network for Satellite Operations (GENSO) project, an endeavor to unite individual ground stations developed for local educational satellite projects into a global network, thus allowing educational institutions to download telemetry from their student-built satellites regardless of where the satellite was in its orbit. Installation was completed in the summer of 2008 by ESA Young Graduate Trainee Viktor Nikolaidis and John Rivett, Jim Heck and Graham Shirville, members of the Amateur Radio organization AMSAT-UK.Read more ...
Apart from the historically available window to the Universe at visible light, the discovery in the 1940s of radio emissions from the sky has lead to the development of Radio Astronomy as another essential means to study celestial objects. Observations in this frequency domain provide a substantial complement to optical observations, as is exemplified by the discovery of new classes of objects such as pulsars, quasars, and radio galaxies, the detection of the widespread presence of simple and complex molecules in interstellar space, and the discovery of the cosmological microwave background, one of the evidences for the 'Big Bang' model of the Universe.Read more ...
Concurrent Design Engineering has been a leading method for conducting Phase 0 and Phase A studies in the Space Industry for decades. The European Space Agency first established a Concurrent Design Facility at the European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) in 1998 where it was used to study more than 80 potential space missions, 3 space launched concepts, and 5 ISS experiments.
In 2008 this CDF facility was generously donated by ESA to the ISU in order to make way for a larger facility at ESTEC. The CDF has been in operation at ISU ever since as an educational facility.
With a ceiling height of over six meters, the ISU High Bay truly lives up to its name and can accommodate technical projects of any size. Projects ranging from space capsules to autonomous vehicles have called the High Bay home, and the facility is available to ISU partner institutions for collaborative projects.
At present the High Bay is host to two space related projects.Read more ...
The ISU Physical Sciences Laboratory is the largest dedicated laboratory space at the ISU Central Campus. Here students receive hands-on workshops and project activities involving space physical sciences. One of the most popular of these is an annual workshop where the Masters students design and build a microgravity experiment for the ISU microgravity drop tower.
Students also have the opportunity to perform individual projects in the Mars Atmosphere Chamber, a low pressure chamber refurbished and modified by ISU Masters students to simulate the atmospheric conditions of Mars for astrobiology experiments or space hardware testing.
Whenever an ISU student needs to make or repair something with their own two hands, the ISU Make-It-Space workshop is where you’ll find them. Started in 2013 by then ISU Dean Angie Bukley, the ISU Make-It-Space is a place where students can find a wide variety of tools to support projects ranging from building satellites to bike repair.
Demand for using the Make-It-Space has been so high that the facility will be expanding in the second half of 2015 to include a “wet room” for activities involving painting or liquids and a dedicated electronics and robotics lab. This electronics and robotics lab will house ISU’s Ultimaker 2 3D printer, a development rover on loan from NASA Ames / Carnegie Melon, the ISU quad copter and many more exciting student projects!