ISU MSS18 Christos Ntinos interning at ESA’s European Space Astronomy Center


ISU MSS18 internship stories: students spread out all over the world. The last module of ISU's Master of Space Studies (MSS) program is a three-month internship that ISU students carry out in space agencies, space companies, start-ups, universities and other space-related organizations.

ISU MSS students are working all over the world, gaining valuable skills in many different environments, on many different types of projects. Let’s read about their experiences!

International Space University MSS18 internship story number one by Christos Ntinos: “I have just started my six-month internship in ESA’s European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC), outside the beautiful city of Madrid, in Spain. I am originally from Athens, Greece and my background is in Mechanical Engineering. As an MSS student in ISU I carried out my Individual Project (IP) under the supervision of Professor Hugh Hill on the subject of “Aspects of technological requirements for future Titan and Enceladus surface and subsurface exploration”.

My interest in the exploration of the icy moons of the outer solar system has led me to choose an internship at ESAC, where aspects of the JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) mission are being prepared. JUICE is the first large class mission (L1) in ESA’s Cosmic Vision Program 2015-2025 and is scheduled for launch in 2022. After arriving in the Jovian system in 2029, JUICE will study Jupiter and its moons Europa, Ganymede and Callisto and will become the first spacecraft to orbit an icy moon – Ganymede.

As an intern at ESAC, I will be working under the supervision of Dr. N. Altobelli, ESA Scientist at the Operations Department. After familiarizing myself with the necessary tools, the aim of my internship project will be to test a power model for JUICE, by computing the attitude of the S/C and the available solar panel power.

Although I have only been here for a week, it is obvious that the 3I [International, Intercultural, Interdisciplinary] spirit, familiar to ISU, is very well incorporated in ESAC’s everyday life with people being extremely engaging and passionate about the projects they are working on.”

Photo credit: Christos Ntinos