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Executive Space Courses

~1 week

Onsite and online around the world

ISU Faculty & Alumni Network

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

Next Courses

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 Cooperative 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. 

🚀 Early bird: 6200AUD/3700euro

This offer is valid until the 31 May 2024, by which the discounted fee must be settled.

6500AUD/3900euro, which includes the course fee, all course materials, all lunches, and a one-day pass to the Australian Space Forum (24 July 2024).

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.*

26-30 August 2024

ESC24 ISU

Strasbourg, France

Join us in the heart of Europe, at the International Space University’s central campus in Strasbourg, France for the Executive Space Course.

Since its inception in 2003, this one-week course has been demystifying space and space-related subjects, equipping non-technical professionals with the acumen and jargon to navigate the sector’s unique terminology and concepts.

Twenty years of progressive enhancements, driven by participant feedback, have seen our program evolve from an introductory course into the pivotal Executive Space Course we offer today, with a modern twist focusing on the burgeoning New Space Economy.

This course is more than just lectures; it’s an immersive experience facilitated by ISU’s distinguished resident faculty, alongside esteemed guest speakers from globally recognized organizations. Engage in dynamic workshops and case studies that will sharpen your practical skills.

Upskill through an unrivaled educational experience where interdisciplinary knowledge meets international collaboration, all within the culturally rich backdrop of ISU’s commitment to fostering intercultural dialogue.

ISU Building

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 ISU participants stay at the 7Hotel located 50 meters away from the International Space University (ISU) central campus (2 minutes by foot).

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

Registration will be complete through the payment of a 500Euro deposit to the Finance Unit before 26 July 2024.

17-22 November 2024

ESC24 Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel

The third edition of the Executive Space Course in Tel Aviv, Israel is again co-organized by the International Space University (ISU) and The Ramon Foundation.

This course aims to train participants in identifying and specializing in technologies appropriate to the age of private space and trends in the global space industry. The program is designed for executives, venture capitalists, high-tech engineers, and representatives of companies interested in developing within the NewSpace sector. The Executive Space Course in Israel will be delivered in Tel Aviv to attract and appeal to Middle East individuals and companies, and beyond.

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.

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

Registration will be complete through the payment of a 500Euro deposit to the ISU Finance Unit before 17 October 2024.

The payment of the remaining fees is due no later than 31 October 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.