ISU’s Hydra-1 Experiment Launched to the International Space Station

On 5 December 2018 at 19:16 CET, ISU’s Hydra-1 experiment was launched from Florida onboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for delivery to the International Space Station (ISS). Hydra-1 is a plant synthetic biology experiment.

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UNISEC Global Meetings Offer Another Networking Opportunity for ISU MSS19

The International Space University (ISU) hosted the 6th UNISEC-Global Meeting and a short course of HEPTA-Sat hands-on training at its Central Campus from 19 – 23 November 2018. Rei Kawashima, an ISU SSP and MSS alumnae and ISU MSS19 student Marc Abi Fadel report.

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Become or select the next ISU Alumni Representative

The time has come to elect your next Alumni representative (rep) to the ISU Board of Trustees. Whether you are interested to become the voice of the alumni community yourself or know someone who you be a great candidate – send us your nomination!

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ISU MSS17 participant Hatem Hussein reports from Tohoku University

Prof. Kazuya Yoshida from Tohoku University, also a faculty member of the International Space University, has been welcoming ISU Master of Space Studies participants for their internships over the last decade. Hatem Hussein is thankful for this opportunity and reports as follows.

internship hussein2“I’m currently doing my summer internship in the Space Robotics Lab at Tohoku University located in Sendai, Japan. Japan is one of the leading countries in the fields of technology and robotics.

I came here to expand my knowledge and gain new skills whilst contributing to an exciting project as an architect and robot designer. The internship is providing me with the opportunity to work with one of Japan's leading experts in the field of space robotics - Professor Kazuya Yoshida.

The project I’m working on is the development of a space exploration climbing robot, which has a biologically inspired design with “spine grippers”, which will allow the robot to traverse extreme terrain such as lava tubes and craters on the Moon, Mars, and Earth.

My task is to further develop the gripping mechanism of the robot’s limbs, by including the capability of having an adjustable grip for various shapes of basalt rock. We already have started discussing different concepts, the next step is to begin 3D digital modelling and simulations, followed by 3D printing and building the limbs.

The last phase will be to assess the performance of the new gripper design in a test field that simulates lunar terrain. By the end of this internship, I’m confident that this opportunity will improve my design skills as a future space architect/robotics designer.

So far, I have learnt a lot and I’m sure that the near future will hold much more for me.”



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