Academic Council and Board of Trustees give ISU’s future direction

The ISU Board of Trustees convened the 60th meeting of its history on 27 and 28 February 2019 at Central Campus in Strasbourg, gathering some twenty leaders from across the space enterprise in academia, government agencies and industry.

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The Emirates fly to Space with ISU: lift-off from Adelaide, Australia

The four graduating students from the United Arab Emirates were proud to see the Director General of the UAE's Space Agency, Dr. Al Ahbabi speaking at the Closing Ceremony on 15 February at the University of South Australia (UniSA) in Adelaide.

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The Breakthrough Foundation’s Starshot Project Revealed To SHSSP19

The final event in the public lecture series of ISU’s and UniSA’s Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program SHSSP19 was delivered by Brigadier General Sir Pete Worden (USAF Ret.) of the Breakthrough Foundation. His marquee project, Starshot, was revealed to an excited audience.

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When Prof. Yuan Jie, representative of CASC in the ISU Board of Trustees (BOT), did a tour of the ISU building one year ago, he saw the 1:20 scale models of launchers.  He immediately expressed his opinion that a model of a Chinese rocket was missing.

And indeed, at the present BOT meeting of the International Space University, Yuan Jie surprised ISU. He and his organization, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) had organized a model of the currently most powerful Chinese rocket, Long March 5.

The model was handed over to the president of ISU, Prof. Walter Peeters, on 28 February 2018, in the presence of the BOT members and MSS students. And was given a prominent place in the Pioneers Hall.

During his talk, Prof. Jie explained that Long March 5 is presently the strongest Chinese rocket. It is scheduled to launch the three modules of the next Chinese Space Station (scheduled to be operational by 2022), as well as a Moon sample return mission, planning to bring back 2 kg of Moon material to Earth.

Long March 5 is also referred to as LM-5, CZ-5, or Changzheng 5 and had its maiden flight on 3 November 2016. It is a heavy lift system with a capacity similar to Delta IV Heavy, enabling to bring a payload up, to 14 tons in GTO.

It is the predecessor of LM-9, the future launch system presently under development in China.


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