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.

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ISU and UniSA Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program - Follow Us

We are excited to announce that the International Space University will be continuing the traditional Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program blog!

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ISU Representatives Awarded World Famous Legion of Honor

France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honor, or "Legion d'Honneur", was recently awarded to two representatives of ISU for their outstanding and many years of service:

  • Alain Wagner, MSS98 and ISU Trustee
  • Walter Peeters, President Emeritus of ISU
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Two-month course for postgraduate students and professionals of all disciplines. The curriculum covers the principal space related fields, both non-technical and technical. The shared experience of an international, interactive working environment is an ideal networking forum leading to the creation of an extensive, international, multidisciplinary professional network.

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ISU Master of Space Studies Mary Distler interns at Planet

Mary Distler reports from Planet, an American private Earth imaging company, co-founded in 2010 by Will Marshall, Chris Boshuizen and Robbie Schingler MSS01.

“I am currently in San Francisco, California interning for Planet on the Attitude Determination & Control System (ADCS) team. Under the guidance of Vincent Beukelaers SSP09, I am working with the unsolvable star camera images that are collected by the satellites in orbit. These unsolvable images have been taken above areas of historically high radiation exposure on Earth, such as South America. As such, I am investigating these seemingly “noisy” images for their potential in identifying and measuring radiation along the satellite’s orbit.
distlerPlanet has been an amazing experience thus far. As one employee said, “We literally change the way people see the world.” While I was not here for the excitement of their historic launch of 88 CubeSats, I have a front row seat to how those satellites are changing the industry and the world. For the first two weeks there has been an intern orientation to each team within the company, allowing me to witness how Planet is motivated to use remote sensing to help humanity.
As a huge CubeSat nerd, I am working in paradise as these satellites are being designed, tested, and operated around me. While Planet has an operational constellation of over 100 satellites, people are working hard to continue improving the imagery and its impact. I hope that through my internship this summer, Planet can continue pushing the industry forward while changing our perspective on the world.”


"My life can be clearly divided between before and after ISU. ISU was a breaking point that created a world of possibilities in front of me."

Carmen Felix - MSS10 -

"Attending ISU has been, for me, the ultimate eye-opening experience. Attending the Master of Space Studies allowed me to pursue my personal interests with a limit determined only by my imagination."

Diego Urbina - MSS09 -

"My space flight was the changing point in my whole life. Since my background was mechanical engineering, I did not know much about space, which led me to the International Space University."

Soyeon Yi - SSP09 -

"ISU is broadening the global space community and connecting New Space countries to old and mighty ones."

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