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Executive Space Courses

~1 week

Onsite and online around the world

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The course, taught in English, aims to:

  • Provide a neutral and global over­view of space and space related sub­jects
  • Explain core engineering and tech­nical concepts in a simple manner
  • Deliver a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the space sector
  • Give an insight into the traditional space markets (telecom, navigation, earth observation…) as well as new space economy.
  • Many people think you need to be an engineer or a scientist to be a part of the space sector. This is not the case and the International Space University has a successful record of enabling access for people of all vocations.

Participants will leave the course with knowledge and skills enabling them to understand and communicate more effectively with their colleagues in other disciplines.

They will develop their comprehension and expertise of space related activities and terminology.

This intense course exposes participants to the interdisciplinary, international and intercultural learning environment of the International Space University.

The course is conducted through lectures and experiential learning with workshops and case studies. A challenging project encapsulating all major aspects learned during the week and applying concurrent engineering to a modern telecommunications satellite ends the week.

  • Help staff get a clearer picture of how the global space sector is structured
  • Stay a step ahead and keep abreast of the latest space developments
  • Generate business opportu­nities via other participants
  • Ensure smooth exchanges and communication on space issues within the company.observation…) as well as new space economy.

“A great introduction to space, in a stimulating international environment allowing to meet interesting professional people.”

KENDRA HORN, ESC05, USA, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, US NATIONAL SPACE COUNCIL - FORMER CONGRESSWOMAN

All Courses

International, Intercultural, and Interdisciplinary Education for Space

ESC24 Canada​

The Executive Space Course in Canada, organized at the University of Waterloo, showcases cutting-edge contributions to sustainable aeronautics while exploring their vital role in space exploration.

Held in Waterloo, near Toronto, with renowned organizations in the local space sector, it's an opportunity to be at the forefront of interdisciplinary advancements in aerospace.

Waterloo/Toronto, Canada

ESC24 Space Cybersecurity

The Executive Space Course in Scotland, focusing on cybersecurity, offers essential skills and knowledge for navigating the evolving landscape of space cybersecurity.

Hosted by Strathclyde Business School, it's followed by a conference on Space Cybersecurity, making it valuable for professionals interested in securing our entrepreneurial future in space.

Glasgow, Scotland

ESC24 Norwegian Space Agency​

The Executive Space Course in Norway, co-organized by ISU and the Norwegian Space Agency, provides insights into Norway's emerging space industry, including its first satellite launch base.

With a content-rich curriculum and limited class size, it's a must-attend for professionals seeking to engage with Norway's strategic position in the European space arena.

Oslow, Norway

ESC24 Canada​

The Executive Space Course in Australia, organized by ISU and UniSA, offers a localized perspective on space education tailored to the Oceania region. With limited class size and immersion in the Australian Space Forum, it's ideal for those keen on Australia's growing role in the global space industry.

ESC24 Space Cybersecurity

The "Space Sustainability" course, organized by EPFL Space Center and collaborators, educates on sustainable space missions and explores ESG and CSR strategies within the space sector. This short program is essential for professionals committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability and safety of the space environment.

ESC24 Norwegian Space Agency​

The Space Resources Professional Course offers a comprehensive overview of space resources, culminating in the development of utilization plans for lunar missions. Held in Luxembourg, just before Space Resources Week, it's a prime opportunity for professionals interested in the burgeoning field of extraterrestrial resource utilization.

Next Courses

29 April – 3 May 2024

ESC24 Canada

Waterloo/Toronto, Canada

The first edition of the Executive Space Course (ESC) in Canada is organized by the International Space University (ISU) in collaboration with the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA) at the University of Waterloo. It will take place in Waterloo, near Toronto.

This tailored curriculum showcases Waterloo’s cutting-edge contributions to sustainable aeronautics, forging powerful connections with the space sector. This ESC will not only highlight sustainable practices in aeronautics but also explore their vital role in the advancement of space exploration. This is your chance to be at the forefront of an interdisciplinary movement shaping the future of both aeronautics and astronautics!

The Region of Waterloo is centrally located in southwestern Ontario and features aerospace infrastructure for surrounding businesses. It hosts the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre, established in 1932, and is one of the top flight schools in Canada.

Renowned organizations in the local space and aerospace sector include MDA, Thales, Bombardier, Canadensys, Collins Aerospace, Safran, Bell, Boeing, Airbus, Honeywell Aerospace, Rockwell Automation, Heroux-Devtek, Centra Industries Inc., and many more.

Class size is strictly limited.
Register early to reserve your place on the Executive Space Course.

University of Waterloo

Broad-based educational programs that encompass all disciplines relevant to space scientific, engineering, economic, regulatory, political, and organizational provide students with a multi-dimensional perspective, vital for understanding and effectively dealing with complex space development and utilization issues.

The ESC is designed for professionals seeking to broaden their understanding of the space industry, including:

  • Entrepreneurs eager to explore space-related business opportunities.
  • Government officials and policymakers shaping the framework of space activities.
  • Engineers and scientists looking to pivot or expand their careers into the space sector.
  • Students and academics aiming to align their research or studies with space applications.
  • ISU alumni wishing to refresh and upskill their space knowledge.

Course Highlights include:

  • An intensive five-day program covering all aspects of space missions and enterprises.
  • Interactive workshops and case studies, ensuring practical learning experiences.
  • Networking events with industry leaders and ISU alumni.

3400euro/4900CAD, which includes the course fee, all course materials, all lunches, and a reception.

ISU alumni will benefit from a 10% discount (3060euro/4510CAD)

Registration will be complete through the payment of a 500Euro deposit to the Finance Unit before 1 April 2024.
The payment of the remaining fees is due no later than 15 April 2024.*

13 – 15 May 2024

ESC24 Space Cybersecurity

Glasgow, Scotland

The first Executive Space Course to be offered in Scotland by the International Space University (ISU) will be hosted and developed in partnership with the Strathclyde Business School. This program will have cybersecurity as its central theme.

It will take place from 13-15 May 2024 at the Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow, Scotland.

The course will be followed by a two-day conference on Space Cybersecurity entitled: “Space: Securing our Entrepreneurial Future”.

Strathclyde Business School

Broad-based educational programs that encompass all disciplines relevant to space scientific, engineering, economic, regulatory, political, and organizational provide students with a multi-dimensional perspective, vital for understanding and effectively dealing with complex space development and utilization issues.

2200€ (1950GBP), which includes the course fee, all course materials, all lunches, a reception and attendance to the conference.

Registration will be complete through the payment of a 500Euro (500GBP) deposit to the Finance Unit before 11 April 2024. 

The payment of the remaining fees is due no later than 30 April 2024.*

27 - 31 may 2024

ESC24 Norway

Oslo, Norway

This first edition of the Executive Space Course in Oslo, Norway is co-organized by the International Space University (ISU) and the Norwegian Space Agency. It will take place at the Norwegian Space Agency in Oslo.

After flying under the radar for decades, Norway’s space industry is rocketing into the limelight. In 2023, Norway will open the first launch base for satellites on the European continent. “Our commercial space activities will put Norway on the map as a strategic European asset in the space sector,” says Christian Hauglie-Hanssen, Director General of the Norwegian Space Agency.

With the booming space industry in Norway, entrepreneurs, investors, and those looking to hone their skill set within the industry can benefit greatly from the content rich week long course, in person.

Class size is strictly limited.
Register early to reserve your place on the Executive Space Course. 

Oslo,A,City,In,The,Fjord

Broad-based educational programs that encompass all disciplines relevant to space scientific, engineering, economic, regulatory, political, and organizational provide students with a multi-dimensional perspective, vital for understanding and effectively dealing with complex space development and utilization issues.

We recommend that ESC24 Oslo participants stay at Hotel Scandic Sjølyst located 500 meters away from the Norwegian Space Agency (NOSA) premises ( 7 minutes by foot).

https://www.scandichotels.com/hotels/norway/oslo/scandic-sjolyst

 

3900€ (US$4200), which includes the course fee, all course materials, all lunches, and a reception.

Registration will be complete through the payment of a 500Euro deposit to the Finance Unit before 29 April 2024. The payment of the remaining fees is due no later than 13 May 2024.*

22 – 26 July 2024

ESC24 Australia

Adelaide, Australia

The next edition of the Executive Space Course (ESC) organized by the International Space University (ISU) in collaboration with the University of South Australia (UniSA) (and UniSA Business) – ISU’s partner in Australia since 2011 will take place in Adelaide, Australia from 22 to 26 July 2024.

UniSA will leverage ISU’s extensive space education expertise and market understanding to localize and contextualize the existing ISU ESC program from an Oceania perspective, in collaboration with the ISU. 

This intensive course will include a one-day immersion in the Australian Space Forum. Hosted by the Andy Thomas Space Foundation with the support from the South Australian Government, the Australian Space Agency and the SmartSat Coopertaive Research Centre. The Australian Space Forum is a bi-annual event bringing together the best and brightest from Australia’s space industry and around the world.

Broad-based educational programs that encompass all disciplines relevant to space scientific, engineering, economic, regulatory, political, and organizational provide students with a multi-dimensional perspective, vital for understanding and effectively dealing with complex space development and utilization issues.

  • Help staff get a clearer picture of how the global space sector is structured
  • Understand the emergent trends and best practice thinking in space developments.
  • Develop global networks and new business opportunities with your learning cohort and team of experts. 
  • Build a shared understanding of the space industry issues and opportunities, space language and terminology, and the new space economy to better progress space-related strategies within your company. 

The cost of the course is 6000AUD/3600euro, which includes the course fee, all course materials, all lunches, and one evening dinner.

Registration will be complete through the payment of an 800AUD/500euro deposit to the Finance Unit before 24 June 2024. The payment of the remaining fees is due no later than 8 July 2024.*

*Cancellation Policy

A cancellation fee of 250€ will not be refunded, but possibly deferred for a next program when the cancellation occurs more than 10 working days prior to the start of the program or with a valid reason, as listed below.

A cancellation fee of 500€ will not be refunded nor deferred for a next program when the cancellation occurs less than 10 working days prior to the start of the program, unless there is a valid reason, as listed below, in which case the above policy will apply.

Valid reasons accepted by ISU for cancellation of participation: Medical issues, Family death, Visa issues, Job issues.

19 - 21 March 2024

Space Sustainability

The “Space Sustainability” course is organized by EPFL Space Center (eSpace), EPFL (Swiss FederalInstitute of Technology in Lausanne) in collaboration with International Space University (ISU), IMS Space Consultancy and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).The program is designed for individuals engaged in space-related roles (engineers, scientists, non-technical managers, policy practitioners, etc.) and whoshare a common focus on ensuring the long-term sustainability and safety of thespace environment.

This short program is designed to:

  • Understand what space sustainability means (from historical, geopolitical,economic, societal, and environmental perspectives) and how to measure it
  • Explore tools and methodologies for developing more sustainable spacemissions (ESA’s MASTER and DRAMA suite, Space Sustainability Rating, LifeCycle Assessment & Environmental Impact Assessment, etc.)
  • Interact with the most recent research developments and explore the potential of incorporating Environmental Social Governance (ESG) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategies within the space sector**
ISU EPFL ESC

22 - 23 March 2024

Space Resources Professional Course

The Space Resources Professional Course (SRPC) provides a broad overview of the space resources field, including the current knowledge of available resources in the Solar System; the resource identification, collection, extraction, and processing systems under development; economic and technical feasibility studies; legal and policy issues; and space exploration architectures and commercial ventures that may be enabled by utilizing extraterrestrial resources.

The course culminates with teams of participants developing a space resource utilization plan for near-term missions to identify, extract, and use resources from the Moon.

The timetable is as follows:

  • Friday 22 March: 8:00 to 18:00 CET
  • Saturday 23 March: 8:00 to 17:00 CET

This in-person course will be offered in Luxembourg, at the European Convention Center, immediately before the Space Resources Week, hosted by the European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESRIC) from 25 to 27 March 2024.

Registrations for the Space Resources Professional Course will open soon.**

Broad-based educational programs that encompass all disciplines relevant to space scientific, engineering, economic, regulatory, political, and organizational provide students with a multi-dimensional perspective, vital for understanding and effectively dealing with complex space development and utilization issues.

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify types, technologies, and potential customers of space resources
  • Explain the state of space resources exploration, availability, and technologies associated with their identification, recovery, extraction, processing, and utilization
  • Analyze technological solutions, business models, and policy positions in space resources
  • Compare and contrast methods of space resource
  • Assess current technological, economic, social, and legal challenges in space resources
  • Apply the material learned in the course in a case study to create a utilization plan that incorporates the knowledge of resources found on the Moon, the technologies needed to extract and process them into useful products, and their potential customers

**Cancellation Policy

A cancellation fee of 250€ will not be refunded, but possibly deferred for a next program when the cancellation occurs more than 10 working days prior to the start of the program or with a valid reason, as listed below.

A cancellation fee of 500€ will not be refunded nor deferred for a next program when the cancellation occurs less than 10 working days prior to the start of the program, unless there is a valid reason, as listed below, in which case the above policy will apply.

Valid reasons accepted by ISU for cancellation of participation: Medical issues, Family death, Visa issues, Job issues.