More than 200 ISU Alumni at IAC19 in Washington DC

The International Astronautical Congress IAC has been a major opportunity for ISU to showcase its growing alumni base: dozens of them presented papers with strong connections to recent Team Projects. Here is a summary of the most salient highlights of the week.

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Research lunches at ISU – come and discuss the latest space research!

The Central Campus of the International Space University ISU has started a new seminar series to discuss research related to space, performed within its walls, on the Parc d’Innovation d’Illkirch-Graffenstaden, or by our visitors and lecturers. Please join us for informal discussions!

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ISU Alumnus Göktuğ Karacalıoğlu Nominated SHSSP20 & SSP20 Director

The International Space University ISU is pleased to announce the appointment of Arif Göktuğ Karacalıoğlu as director of the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program SHSSP 2020 and Space Studies Program SSP 2020. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this demanding role.

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Our Programs

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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Claudia Kessler - SSP93

c kesslerOne of the outstanding success stories of former ISU participants comes from Europe!

As one of the very few female students, at the time, of the aerospace and aeronautics sector Claudia Kessler participated in 1993 in ISU’s Space Studies Program. After graduating from the University of Munich, she held various positions in engineering, marketing and sales within German space companies including Kayser-Threde and Astrium, before accepting the challenge to put the company HE Space big on the Space map of Europe.

Starting from scratch ten years ago, Claudia succeeded in making HE Space Europe the number one personnel recruitment agency among the space expert companies in Europe, providing a workforce of 150 highly specialized and dedicated men and women from 26 nations to carry out programs and projects of leading space institutions DLR, ESA and companies like Astrium, OHB, Kayser-Threde, Spaceopal, IABG and Jena-Optronik. Thanks to her successful business approach, HE Space Founder Scott Millican asked Claudia Kessler in 2008 to become the CEO of HE Space. Of course she said “Yes”.

Headquartered in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, HE Space employs today staff working in Germany, Italy, Spain, France and the UK. In addition, Claudia is also president of the HE Space Holding, Texas, U.S.A.

Apart from her business success, what makes Claudia special is her restless engagement in promoting students and young professionals, especially women. In this respect, Claudia is co-founder of Women in Aerospace Europe (, an organisation that has grown to more than 300 members in only 5 years.

In her role as vice-president of the German Association of Aerospace and Aeronautics (DGLR) she is responsible for the provision of special information and exchange networks to help young people find their professional perspectives and help to make them come true. One out of many tools in this context is Europe´s largest job portal „“ as well as programs to help teachers introducing the fascination of space and aerospace technologies to their pupils and students.

At an international level, Claudia is an active member of the „Committee for the young professional programme” of the International Astronautical Federation ( with special focus on the promotion of female space experts. And, last but not least, she directs the activities of the HE Space Children´s Foundation building schools, hiring teachers and organizing learning materials for children in countries like Brazil, Burundi, Ghana, Nicaragua, Timor and Uganda who would otherwise probably never have an equal chance to develop their skills. The motto of this foundation: „To raise an astronaut“. Claudia Kessler is married and a mother of a 16 year old daughter.


"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 -