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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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.

Executive Space Course

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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Carol Lo - MSS00

ZeroGExperimentThe MSS course provided me with a good foundation on many subjects to do with Space.

Although I had some work experience prior to attending ISU, the team working opportunities, and the rare chances to talk to some of the big names (astronauts, cosmonauts, senior figures from NASA, ESA, and companies etc) while I was at ISU expanded my horizons quite beyond my expectations.

The part of the MSS programme I cherished most was my 3-month placement at JPL - it was a dream-experience for me, and I am grateful that ISU gave me all the support I needed to get there. I learnt a great deal and enjoyed being part of a small team of engineers there, working on an avionics design tool - the experience confirmed to me that I wanted to develop my career in the Space industry.

After graduating from ISU, I was offered a job by Astrium, working on Telecommunications Payloads in Portsmouth, England. I worked there until May 2003, gaining valuable hands-on experience, both with the technical aspects of large commercial satellites, and also with customer- and supplier-facing situations.

I am now Payload Systems Engineering Manager at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, responsible for the technical aspects of the Galileo System Test Bed (GSTB-V2) payload on a system level - GSTB-V2 will be the first satellite launched for the European navigation programme GALILEO, and will be used to test the new technologies designed for the GALILEO constellation.
It is a challenging job, and I certainly would not have managed without my experiences from ISU and from Astrium.


"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 -