Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program blasts off at UniSA


The Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SHSSP) officially opened at the University of South Australia on 14 January 2019, bringing together 46 participants from 13 countries. Now in its 8th year, the prestigious program is conducted by UniSA in partnership with ISU.

More than 250 students have graduated from the SHSSP at UniSA so far.

They hail from Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, UAE and USA.

The SHSSP is part of an extensive commitment to the space industry at UniSA, which includes being part of the SmartSat Collaborative Research Centre funding proposal currently before the Federal government.

UniSA’s Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC) has also launched Venture Catalyst Space, an incubator program to develop ideas from entrepreneurs and start-up companies in the space sector.

SHSSP Program Co-Director Dr Ady James is a Senior Research Fellow at University College London Department of Space and Climate Physics and an adjunct staff member at the University of South Australia.

“South Australia’s well-established contribution to the space industry was further recognised with the recent announcement that Adelaide will be home to the Australian Space Agency,” Dr James said.

“With a new Space Agency and the growth in interest in space in the community – especially among young people – there are opportunities for Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program alumni to create a critical mass of expertise in a variety of areas.

“The recent extension of the International Space University ISU and University of South Australia UniSA relationship agreement provides an opportunity to continue to expand this productive educational collaboration to support the wider space community.”

The SHSSP is designed for professionals involved in the international space sector, graduate researchers seeking broader knowledge of international space activities, and undergraduate students in the final two years of their studies seeking exposure to the various aspects of space studies.

There are four public events:

  • Astronaut and Human Spaceflight Panel with International Astronaut Dr Paolo Nespoli at the Allan Scott Auditorium, City West Campus, from 6pm on January 17
  • Hazards of Human Space Exploration presentation with guest speaker Dr Gordon Cable from 7pm at UniSA Mawson Lakes Campus
  • Opportunities in Australia’s Space Industry panel at UniSA Mawson Lakes from 7pm January 31
  • Interstellar Program Alpha Centauri event with guest speaker Dr Simon Peter ‘Pete’ Worden from 4pm at the Allan Scott Auditorium, City West Campus

During the program, SHSSP participants will have the opportunity to design and build rockets in teams and then launch them with altitudes of up to 900 metres expected to be reached.

The rockets will each carry a payload of various items including an egg, which must return intact.

Participants will also launch a high-altitude balloon, which will carry a satellite payload designed to simulate a small satellite mission.

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