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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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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International Space University MSS16 presents its Team Projects

On 19 May 2016 two team projects were presented by the ISU Master of Space Studies class (MSS16). One, called SEDNA (sponsored by NASA) concentrated on planetary protection, whereas the other one, called LUNA HATHOR, focused on drilling on the moon.

SEDNA first concentrated on a description of Icy Moons and a selection of best candidates for astrobiological missions. They concluded that ENCELADUS offered the best opportunities, also due to recent discovery of geyser activity. From a planetary protection point of view it was highlighted that missions without landing but with remote investigations were to be preferred.

One concept proposed was a station in LEO, composed of commercial inflatable modules, in order to analyze samples in orbit, to avoid contamination.

LUNA HATHOR looked into the interest of drilling on the moon. The international character was stressed as a new stimulus for space exploration and an analysis was made on the outreach aspects, within the legal context available.

Scientifically, the objective was put to drill 20 meters deep and as a location the Lunar South-Poles were selected to be most promising. In view of the lack of gravity, after an extensive trade-off between different drilling techniques, an Inchworm Deep Drilling System (IDDS) was proposed to be put in an international cooperative context.

The team project is a major element of the MSS curriculum which aims to provide students with experience in interdisciplinary, intercultural and international (3I) teamwork, developing relevant skills, e.g. research, problem-solving, design, communication, organizational and project management.

More information on both projects can soon be found under the ISU library website, whereas those interested in watching the presentations can view them HERE.


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