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 45 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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Lockheed Martin hands over the ISU flag flown on board of Orion

The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle is a Lockheed Martin built spacecraft intended to carry a crew of four astronauts to deep space destinations such as the far side of the Moon, asteroids and eventually Mars, and return them safely back to Earth.

The service module, provided by ESA (European Space Agency) and built by Airbus Defence and Space, is Orion’s powerhouse and will supply the spacecraft with in-space propulsion, power, air and water for crew when they are aboard.

Orion’s first test flight known as Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) launched the uncrewed spacecraft atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket on December 5, 2014. During the 4.5 hour mission, Orion orbited Earth twice and splashed down at its target in the Pacific Ocean.

Lockheed Martin kindly offered to fly one ISU flag on board the vehicle during EFT-1. Nicely framed, this one pictured was officially handed over by the Lockheed Martin Orion deputy program manager, Larry Price. Larry has been providing project management for the Orion program since its start in 2005.

Before the flown flag presentation, an in-depth explanation of the features of Orion was given to the combined MSS16 and MSS17 students, with inputs on the Chinese exploration program from ISU alumnus Gongling Sun, representing CASC, and Airbus representative Rodrigo Da Costa.

The framed flag has been placed prominently in ISU’s Pioneers Hall.

During the same test flight a number of smaller flags were flown as well, which, with the compliments of Lockheed Martin, were handed over to the French Prime Minister, the new ISU vice-chancellor Prof. Ehrenfreund and Mme Trautmann, representing the local government.

Larry Price, Lockheed Martin Orion deputy program manager stated:

“Lockheed Martin is offering this flag to ISU in appreciation of ISU’s commitment to educate and inspire the next generation of space explorers that will one day travel to Mars and beyond.”

ISU is proud to add this flag to its growing collection of space memorabilia!


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"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 -

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