MSS19 Internship Stories : Alexandria Farias at SES Astra, Luxembourg

Alexandria Farias, one of the International Space University (ISU) Master of Space Studies (MSS19) students, is currently carrying out a 12-week internship at SES Astra, Luxembourg.

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MSS19 Internship Stories: Tongtong Chen at Space Applications Services

Tongtong Chen, one of the International Space University (ISU) Master of Space Studies (MSS19) students, is currently carrying out his internship at Space Application Services (SAS) in Brussels.

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ISU is seeking interested organizations to host its future SSPs

The International Space University is seeking interested organizations to host its future Space Studies Programs. The 2019 version of SSP Request for Proposals (RFP) has been published and can be used for any proposal submitted for SSP 2022 or after.

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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.

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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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Angelo Grubisic - MSS05

AngelGrubisic2“I graduated from the ISU 7-years ago on MSS04/05, and I'm pleased to say that the risk I took in taking my internship at JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) over one of the internships offering job prospects really paid off. Of course, it was not without perseverance and hard work. Shortly after finishing the internship I took a PhD at the University of Southampton which had great facilities and industrial relationships with the ion propulsion field. I collaborated with JPL extensively over my PhD, looking at the complex failure mechanisms of ion thrusters.

I then took a joint postdoc with JPL in the same subject which was a tremendous period of learning. I formed a consultancy and I've been working with QinetiQ in the UK for the last 2-years, developing the solar electric propulsion system for ESA's cornerstone Bepi Colombo mission to Mercury. I could not have done this if I had not been able to hit the ground running, owed to the great and well respected experience I gained at JPL.

The work at QinetiQ has been a great challenge, with a mixture of R&D, AIT, systems design and a good deal of fire fighting! BepiColombo will be a phenomenal mission for ion propulsion; the first SEP mission to another planet. I now have the position of lead test engineer for the SEPS (Solar Electric Propulsion System) coupling test. This will be a major system qualification test of integrated thrusters, power processing units and propellant flow control units, which has been incredibly complex.

The mission is like being stuck on the front of a freight train, it stops for no man; I don't think you can be taught to expect these kinds of things. I've done my share of research and industry work now and there are benefits to both. I haven't decided what I'll to once Bepi launches, there's the possibility of more missions with QinetiQ or I could move into more systems architect roles in other organizations. I'm also not ignoring the possibility of going back into the intellectual freedom of research.”


"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 -

"My space flight was the changing point in my whole life. Since my background was mechanical engineering, I did not know much about space, which led me to the International Space University."

Soyeon Yi - SSP09 -

"ISU is broadening the global space community and connecting New Space countries to old and mighty ones."

Mart Vihmand - SSP11&MSS13 -