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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Master of Space Studies

Designed for students looking for the competitive edge that will help them obtain a career in the space sector, professionals interested in making a career move into or within the space sector, and researchers wishing to broaden their knowledge or make the move from academic life into the space industry.

Space Studies Program

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.

Southern Hemisphere Program

Intensive five week, live-in experience built around an international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary educational philosophy for which ISU is renowned. The program provides a multidisciplinary understanding of the key activities and areas of knowledge required by today’s space professions.

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Provides an overview of space-related subjects for professionals of diverse backgrounds, including marketing, finance, law & contracts management. Professionals leave with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to communicate more effectively with their technical colleagues.

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Risku Ezra Hedima MSS16 – NIGCOMSAT: my Internship Experience

"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.

Presently, Africa remains the least connected in terms of data services, especially broadband. It has the highest fees for the lowest connection, compared with other parts of the world. To remedy the situation, several companies and consortiums have laid undersea cable to the shores of many African countries to serve as transmission backbone. Even with this, a large population of Africa is still unreached by terrestrial and fibre cable networks due to some challenges.

It is against this backdrop that NIGCOMSAT intends to deploy broadband services using High Throughput satellite (HTS) on Ka-band. My study/research therefore is to ascertain the strategies, modalities, competitions, challenges and the viability of Ka-band. This would enable them to decide the number of Ka-band transponders to be included in their planned NIGCOMSAT 1 & 2 satellites.

I work with the Network Operating Center (NOC) of the Engineering Department. Besides my internship research, I have taken part in two Station Keeping operations of NIGCOMSAT-1R satellite Also, I have participated in the current effort by NIGCOMSAT to deploy Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) using the Chinese Differential Reference Augmentation Global Overlay Network (DRAGON). Here I work with a Team to coordinate the requirements of various stakeholders.

I work under the supervision of my mentor Engineer Abdulraheem Adajah who is the General Manager Satellite Applications, Nicomsat Limited."


"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 -

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Soyeon Yi - SSP09 -

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