ISU is located in Strasbourg, Alsace, in North East France, and is bordered by the Rhine River to the East, the Vosges mountains to the West, the German plain to the North and the Territoire de Belfort to the South.
Strasbourg is the European Capital and lies along the Rhine River, the natural border between France and Germany.
It is home of the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights. The city numbers approximately 256,000 inhabitants with a further 200,000 inhabitants in the suburbs which make up the Strasbourg Urban Community.
ISU General Information
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 65 54 30
Fax: +33 (0)3 88 65 54 47
International Space University Parc d’Innovation 1 rue Jean-Dominique Cassini
67400 Illkirch-Graffenstaden France
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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.
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 home to two projects: the Excalibur-Almaz space capsule and, seen above, the Self-Deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments (SHEE). The High Bay is available to ISU partner organizations 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
Student reports: 1020
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.
Zürich (ZRH) International Airports and Paris (CDG) are both a two hour rail-ride away from Strasbourg.
The Euroairport in Basel-Mulhouse, located an hour away, make Strasbourg even more accessible.
There are direct flights to Strasbourg from Amsterdam (KLM), Paris (Air France), as well as several other locations. Lufthansa flies to Frankfurt and offers a shuttle service to Strasbourg center.
Strasbourg has direct connections to Paris, Lyon, South-Eastern France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Northern Italy and Eastern Europe. Strasbourg Central Station is located near the center of Strasbourg, and is linked with the city’s Tram. The Tram stop is below the train station and the line will take you to the city center or to Illkirch-Graffenstaden.
Strasbourg lies between two major highways. The A4 from Paris, Metz, Nancy and Luxembourg from the west, which turns into the A35 from Dijon and Mulhouse from the south.
The second highway is the A5 (also labeled E35 and E52), and is the major axis between Frankfurt, Germany and Basel, Switzerland. This highway passes 17 kilometers east of Strasbourg.
Please note that between Paris and Strasbourg, you will have to pay approximately 30 euros in tolls. Credit cards are accepted.
A local Taxi company to contact: Taxi 11
The ISU Central Campus is located in the Parc d’Innovation at Illkirch-Graffenstaden, a town in the southern part of the Strasbourg Urban Community. It is about 15 minutes from the center of Strasbourg by car, 30-35 minutes by public transport.
From the Airport
From Entzheim International Airport, it takes about 15-20 minutes by car/taxi. From the airport, a taxi will cost approximately 25- 30 euros (rates are at the higher end at night, or during the weekend/holidays). There is a train shuttle to Strasbourg 4 times per hour; it takes 9 minutes to reach Strasbourg train station.
The ticket bought at the airport (3,60€) is valid for the complete journey (shutle+tram). Then follow the directions given under “Public transport.”
From the Highway
From the center of Strasbourg, take the A35 (highway) south direction Colmar.
From the airport, take the same highway (A35) north, direction Strasbourg.
From either direction take exit 5, Illkirch Baggersee. At the traffic lights, go straight and continue straight until you reach the roundabout. At the roundabout take the 4th exit into the Parc d’Innovation. Continue on Blvd. S. Brant until you reach the next roundabout. There take the first right, you will see the ISU campus on your right. Take the first right (the Holiday Inn will now be on your left), two more right turns and you are in the ISU car-park! Click here for a google map of the area.
By Public Transport
The tram runs from 4:30a.m. to 0:30 a.m., with one tram every four minutes at peak hours. To get to ISU take Tram “A” from the railway station or from city center, direction Illkirch, and get off at the Campus d’Illkirch station (next to McDonalds’). Turn left (oposite direction from continuing tram journey) and walk to the roundabout, cross over to the oposite side. (The building on your left is the Pole API.) Continue for about 5 meters on Blvd. S. Brant , cross the street to get to the pedestrian path adjacent to the ISU campus, which should be visible on your right. From the tram stop, please follow the dotted line on the map below to access the campus.
The hotels listed below provide ISU guests with preferential rates. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel as early as possible, and mention that you will be attending an ISU event (in order to benefit from special rates).
46 Rue du Bassin d’Austerlitz
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 39 80 80