Using a high-altitude balloon, the SSP16 participants managed to launch a quadcopter drone at an amazing altitude of 27.3 km, with several ISU payloads onboard. The drone was recovered after one week in the ocean, off the coast of Haifa, Israel where this year’s SSP is taking place.

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"I am currently undergoing my internship as part of ISU’s Master of Space Studies Program (MSS16) at NIGCOMSAT Ltd Abuja, Nigeria. My internship topic is: The Future of Communication Satellites for Broadband Services in Africa: A Case for Nigcomsat Limited.

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Although fascinated by astronomy from his childhood onwards in Canada, David Levy decided to study English literature in parallel with his astronomy activities.

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At present, a highly successful Space Studies Program session (SSP16) is taking place in Haifa, Israel. For 2017 and 2018 the future locations have already been chosen.

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“As part of the Master of Space Studies at the International Space University, I am currently an internee at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), European Space Agency (ESA), in Netherlands.

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The Canadian Space Agency is presently in the process of recruiting two new candidate-astronauts. Amongst the over 3000 candidates, many are alumni of ISU. This illustrates again the strong relation between ISU and CSA and the mutual benefit thereof.

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As each year a number of interesting panels took place during SSP, open for a broader audience. Two events that took place are the traditional A.C. Clarke panel and a presentation of the Breakthrough Foundation.

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In March 2016, the Education Office of the European Space Agency (ESA) introduced the ESA Academy as an evolution of the former Tertiary Education program.

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Space shuttle Columbia’s STS-107 mission was a milestone for space life science, but the mission’s vast accomplishments were overshadowed by the mission’s tragic end on 1st August 2003.

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As part of a tour in Israel, sponsored by a number of Israeli organizations including ELAL, the recently appointed ISU Chancellor and Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin visited ISU’s Space Studies Program hosted by Technion, Haifa on 26 July 2016.

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