Thanks to generous gifts, ISU is the proud owner of a number of education tools that broaden the hands-on training possibilities for the students of ISU Masters programs.

Some of these tools were a donation from the European Space Agency (ESA), as a statement of the agency’s strong support to the university. ISU is also really proud to host an Excalibur Almaz Reusable Return Vehicle (Almaz RVV), which is the Russian equivalent of the NASA Space Shuttle transporting cosmonauts from the International Space Station. This vehicle has a remarkable history and pedigree. The Almaz RVV currently on display at ISU is for educational use through a loan by Excalibur Almaz Limited.

ISU Satellite Ground Station

The ISU Satellite Ground Station is a fully automated satellite tracking station operating in the amateur radio frequencies. It is an endeavor to unite individual ground stations developed for local educational satellite projects into a global network, thus allowing educational institutions to download telemetry from their student-built satellites regardless of where the satellite was in its orbit.


With a ceiling height of over six meters, the ISU High Bay can accommodate technical hardware of significant size projects of any size. At present the High Bay is host to two space related projects. Seen above is SHEE – the Self-Deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments. The High Bay home s available to ISU partner institutions for collaborative projects.


Concurrent Design Engineering has been a leading method for conducting Phase 0 and Phase A studies in the Space Industry for decades. The European Space Agency first established a Concurrent Design Facility at the European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) in 1998. In 2008 this CDF facility was generously donated by ESA to the ISU.


The ISU Physical Sciences Laboratory is the largest dedicated laboratory space at the ISU Central Campus. Here students carry out hands-on workshops and activities involving the space physical sciences. They also have the opportunity to perform individual projects using an environmental vacuum chamber a Reddy shock tube.


The discovery of radio emissions from the sky has lead to the development of Radio Astronomy. Observations in this frequency domain provide a substantial complement to optical observations, as is exemplified by the discovery of new classes of objects such as radio galaxies, and the discovery of the cosmological microwave background, one of the evidences for the ‘Big Bang’ model of the Universe.


The ISU Make-It-Space is a place where students used a range of mechanical and electronics tools, 3D printers and a laser cutter to support projects ranging from bike repair to building payloads.

History of the Library

The Library, which was officially created at ISU during summer 1995, was the successor to several boxes of books which used to travel from one SSP to the other. In 2002, the Library was transfered to ISU central campus building.

Facts and Figures

The mission of the Library is to provide services in support of the teaching, learning and research objectives of the International Space University. We place great emphasis on providing excellent customer service, a range of reader / study environments, easy access to a large variety of information resources, and development of readers’ information literacy and academic and research skills.

Topics covered by the collection include Earth observation and use of satellites in global climate change or environment monitoring, Geographical Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems, Space policy and law, satellites applications, telecommunications, space biology and medicine, astronomy and astrophysics, astrobiology, engineering sciences applied to space, social sciences and history…

Operating from a single space the Library contains:

Print books: 8497
E-books: 455
Student reports: 1020
E-resources: 2099

Our values

Provide information sources that are easily accessible, relevant, reliable and of high quality,
Provide a safe and welcoming Library environment that will inspire learning, research and creativity,
Provide staff that are helpful and knowledgeable.

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