ISU’s Hydra-1 Experiment Launched to the International Space Station

On 5 December 2018 at 19:16 CET, ISU’s Hydra-1 experiment was launched from Florida onboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for delivery to the International Space Station (ISS). Hydra-1 is a plant synthetic biology experiment.

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UNISEC Global Meetings Offer Another Networking Opportunity for ISU MSS19

The International Space University (ISU) hosted the 6th UNISEC-Global Meeting and a short course of HEPTA-Sat hands-on training at its Central Campus from 19 – 23 November 2018. Rei Kawashima, an ISU SSP and MSS alumnae and ISU MSS19 student Marc Abi Fadel report.

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Become or select the next ISU Alumni Representative

The time has come to elect your next Alumni representative (rep) to the ISU Board of Trustees. Whether you are interested to become the voice of the alumni community yourself or know someone who you be a great candidate – send us your nomination!

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The International Space University and the Moon Village


The Moon Village is a revolutionary concept and represents a real paradigm shift in space activities. It is an Open Source concept inviting ALL interested parties to participate in a new activity on the surface of the Moon and in the vicinity of the Moon.

In order to promote this idea, a Moon Village Association (MVA) has been formed some four months ago, and attracted already now over 100 members from various countries around the world.

A first workshop was organized on 20/21 November 2017 and in view of the international and interdisciplinary character, ISU was selected as the place of venue. A team composed of Dr. Reibaldi (president of the MVA), Dr. Welch (ISU) and J. Mankins and M. Grimard (both MVA directors). The workshop was sponsored by Lockheed-Martin, thanks to the support of Board Of Trustees Member Randy Sweet, as a networking opportunity between the students and some 100 space professionals from all around the world.

The workshop was initiated on 19 November with a lively presentation of Prof. Jan Woerner in ISU, explaining his vision and answering questions from the very interested audience. The following days were a mix of presentations and workshops, whereby mixed groups of professionals and ISU alumni and students in different groups performed some brainstorming sessions (18 in total) on the technical, business, and cultural aspects of the concept.

 

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Photo Credit: European Space Agency ESA/Norman Foster

Each group had, present MSS18 participants, as rapporteurs and came up with a set of recommendations which will be compiled in a set of recommendations that will be presented at upcoming international gatherings and technical symposia.

At the end of the session, the participants were addressed in a surprise call from Dr. Buzz Aldrin, the Chancellor of the International Space University, who described his ideas on cis-lunar activities.

In the audience, between many familiar faces, the presence of ISU’s most faithful supporter, Jim Burke, was evidently highly noted and appreciated!

Memories of the workshop can be found HERE.

WHAT OUR ALUMNI SAY


"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."

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