Interactive Space Program

The ISU Interactive Space Program (ISP) is an online professional development experience that will prepare you for the challenges of working as international, intercultural and interdisciplinary teams across the distributed domains of Earth, orbit, Moon, Mars and interplanetary space.

WHO IS THE ISP FOR?

ISU’s online Interactive Space Program (ISP) is a 5-week full-time professional development opportunity designed for university graduates from any discipline and for professionals with any background wanting to pursue a career in the space sector.

ISP 2020 will run from Monday 20 July through Friday 21 August 2020

It will be conducted in English and follow the international, interdisciplinary and intercultural learning methodology for which ISU is well known.

ISP will prepare participants wanting to enter one of the face-to-face ISU programs such as the Master of Space Studies (MSS), the Space Studies Programs (SSP and SHSSP) or the Commercial Space Program (CSP).

The program is also a refresher for ISU alumni seeking an update on the latest developments in the international space arena and wanting to enlarge their network of professional contacts.

ISP curriculum

Participants will learn about all disciplines linked to space and will conduct teamwork similar to that of a Space Analog where crew members, mission control, scientists and experts collaborate remotely in an intense mode.

ISP will prepare participants (“the crew”) well for the challenges of producing quality work in a distributed environment such as teams on the Earth, orbit, Moon, Mars and interplanetary space.

The Team’s Mission will be to produce an influential report and a presentation on how space can help in the monitoring, mitigation as well as the prevention & preparedness of pandemics.

To better simulate human space missions running across different time zones, the ISP operations will be conducted based on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). A typical day at ISP will start with a Daily Seminar at 07:30 UTC (1,5 hours including Q&A), and will continue with a Team Mission session for individual work, small-group discussion or mentoring (at least 2 hours), followed by an All-Hands session (1 hour). The afternoon activities will include an Interactive Workshop (2,5 hours) and conclude at 17:00 UTC.

The Daily Briefs will help analyse space and public health / pandemics from a multidisciplinary perspective covering policy, economics, law and regulations, business and management, science, engineering, satellite applications, human performance in space and the contribution of the humanities.

The Interactive Workshops will deal with practical aspects of space and pandemics: remote sensing applications, satellite and communications technology; artificial intelligence; telehealth/telemedicine and tele-epidemiology, space technology transfer, business and entrepreneurship, ethics, policy, regulatory frameworks and international collaboration at government, research and corporate level.

The Team Mission work will allow for individual, small-group and full-crew work with mentors on literature survey, analysis, discussion, converging to conclusion and recommendations and preparation of the final deliveries.

The daily hand-over sessions will have a flexible format and can include cross-habitat meetings, Team Mission work handovers, social interaction, or important announcements from Mission Control at ISU’s Central Campus in Strasbourg.

The team of mentors will include more than one hundred ISU faculty and alumni from all disciplines, active in academia, government agencies and companies from around the world.

Upon successful completion of the academic requirements, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from ISU and will be eligible for discount to enroll in other – face to face – ISU programs such as the Master of Space Studies (MSS), the Space Studies Programs (SSP and SHSSP) or the Commercial Space Program (CSP).

Faculty and network

Participants will interact with about one hundred experts from academia, space agencies and industry from all over the world: astronauts and cosmonauts, space agency officials, entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, lawyers, project managers, educators, communicators, artists and more. The curriculum is led by a dedicated team of ISU Faculty.

In learning by doing, participants will be prepared to create and nurture professional contacts with space experts from all disciplines in academia, government and private companies from around the world.

The ISP graduates will enter the global ISU community of over 5000 alumni and faculty: an informal yet effective network with members active in all fields of Space in academia, government and private companies in more than 100 countries.

ISP FAQ

  • ISP is a “synchronous” online program: the majority of the sessions are live, and interactivity with the lecturers and experts is very high. One-on-one mentoring sessions with space professionals are also an important part of the contents.
  • ISP presents you with contents and teamwork skills that are up to date and delivered by professionals currently active on all aspects of space endeavors.
  • ISP is a “small private online course (SPOC)”: only a limited number of participants can attend. The learning is generated in a significant part through teamwork between participants from different cultural, academic and professional backgrounds, and through interaction in small groups with space experts from around the world.
  • ISP prepares you for the challenges of working in distributed teams and across time zones, similar to how humanity might work in the future with diverse groups on Earth, in orbit, on the Moon, Mars and in interplanetary Space.

The leading Faculty members are a dedicated team of professionals from academia, government agencies and private industry from around the world. They introduce themselves to you here.

The Faculty’s role is to plan an deliver the curriculum and to draw upon other experts, giving you access to an impressive lineup of about one hundred experts during the course of the ISP: astronauts and cosmonauts, space agency officials, entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, lawyers, project managers, educators, communicators, artists and more.

Crew members will be distributed over a dozen “3I space habitats” (i.e. each with an International, Intercultural and Interdisciplinary crew”) virtually located on Mars, on the Moon and in Earth orbit. Each space habitat will have its own operational timeline, where daily schedules of individual crew members will range from early shifts to late shifts.

To better simulate human space missions running across different time zones, the ISP operations will be conducted based on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). A typical day at ISP will start with a Daily Seminar at 07:30 UTC (1,5 hours including Q&A), and will continue with a Team Mission session for individual work, small-group discussion or mentoring (at least 2 hours), followed by an All-Hands session (1 hour). The afternoon activities will include an Interactive Workshop (2,5 hours) and conclude at 17:00 UTC

The Daily Briefs will give insights into the Team Mission from an interdisciplinary perspective, covering space sciences, space policy, economics and law, space and the humanities, satellite applications, space engineering, human performance in space, and space management and business.

The Interactive Workshops will deal with practical aspects of space and pandemics: remote sensing, satellite and communications technology; artificial intelligence; telehealth/telemedicine and tele-epidemiology, space technology transfer, business and entrepreneurship, ethics, policy, regulatory frameworks and international collaboration at government, research and corporate level.

The Team Mission work will allow for individual, small-group and full-crew work with mentors on literature survey, analysis, discussion, converging to conclusion and recommendations and preparation of the final deliveries.

All space habitats will be connected live once per day for a Hand Over session. This one-hour slot will have a flexible format and can include cross-habitat meetings, Team Mission work handovers, social interaction, or important announcements from Mission Control at ISU’s Central Campus in Strasbourg.

We hope that you will one day enjoy the beautiful environment of the library at ISU’s Central Campus. For the whole duration of the ISP, you will have remote access to a comprehensive catalog of eBooks and online reports covering all aspects of space, ISU Team Projects, and student reports of our Master in Space Studies program. The library’s website includes access to online bibliographic databases, reading lists, online guides and tutorials on literature search, referencing and more. You can choose to receive regular updates via social media: https://isulibrary.isunet.edu/

No, but you should consider the following basics:

  • You will definitely need a good Internet connection – recommended at least 3.2 Mbps inbound and outbound.
  • It is recommended to use a recent computer (laptop or desktop) equipped with a camera and headset.
  • The software to be used will be made available to you before the start of the program. The ISP operations support teams will help you get access to it.

Additional details to operate during the ISP will be shared with program participants on a dedicated platform.

Like any ISU program, the ISP requires your entire attention. ISP is designed as a full-time experience, and even if the number of hours of online sessions is limited, the full potential is achieved through individual study and work in small teams outside of the scheduled sessions.

We rather encourage you to take leave during the five weeks. Your employer may be able to offer you a mix of (paid or unpaid) leave plus paid leave for training, to make up for the 5 weeks.

Unfortunately, this is not possible as ISP20 is the inaugural class. We will be pleased to link you up with alumni from other ISU programs or with a member of Faculty, depending on your query. Please contact the Admissions Office via admissions@isunet.edu.

Obviously, we cannot promise something that is more in your hands than in ours, but we can say that about 80% of the 5000 ISU graduates are working in the space or high-tech sectors. They are spread in more than 100 countries.
The wealth of contacts that you will make during ISP and the insights into programs, projects and entrepreneurial activities in startups etc. is a valuable asset that will help you during your entire career, especially if you know how to nurture it. Professional networking is definitely something you will practice and enjoy during ISP.

ISU is privileged to benefit from partnerships with space agencies, public administrations, foundations, corporations and private donors from around the world who provide scholarship money to the best candidates. These partnerships make it possible for numerous candidates to obtain a portion of their fees covered by a scholarship. A list of sponsors is available here.
For more information on financial help in your particular case, please contact the Admissions Office via admissions@isunet.edu.

After successful completion of an ISP, you will already be familiar with the International, Intercultural and Interdisciplinary “3I” approach to Space activities, and you will be an accomplished team player ready to integrate into the new ISU learning experience.
To find out about discounts to other programs that may apply to your particular case, please contact the Admissions Office via admissions@isunet.edu

Yes, under some conditions. For more information in your particular case, please contact the Admissions Office via admissions@isunet.edu.

ISP is designed as a recurrent program that could be offered on a yearly basis, but a decision to offer ISP in 2021 is not expected before October 2020. The topic of the Team Mission will probably be different every year.

ISP is a completely new concept that does not replace any other ISU program. It is rather a new way of experiencing the ISU’s 3I concept (International, Interdisciplinary, Intercultural learning about space) through a collaborative and distributed team work.

The contents of the Daily Briefs, Interactive Workshops and Team Mission and Mentoring sessions is geared towards “Space and pandemics” and is therefore not a copy of other ISU programs.

Partners & Sponsors

The Interactive Space Program (ISP) is organized by ISU in partnership with the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg.

Association of Space Explorers (ASE) – Cosmonaut Oleg Atkov – Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – Ilan Ramon Foundation – Israel Space Agency (ISA) – Lin and Jim Burke scholarship fund – Prof. Mike Simpson – Tohoku University – UK Ministry of Defence

ISP Admissions requirements

To attend ISP, applicants need to have completed at least 3 years of university studies (a BSc degree is not mandatory). All ages are welcome, from students to experienced professionals.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2020. To allow for interactive learning based on small groups and individual mentoring, the number of places is limited, and applicants are encouraged to apply early.

The tuition fee is 7500 Euro and includes attendance to all sessions, lecture material, access to experts and to ISU’s online Library services. Financial help is available through ISU for applicants from many countries and will be considered once the full application is received.

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