“When it comes to education”, writes MSS20 student Supreet Kaur, “ISU is not your typical university. Rather than read outdated textbooks, we receive lectures from experts in the industry, work in a collaborative environment while fostering our individual interests through projects, get hands on experience during workshop, and take to the road for off-campus excursions for an enriching experience.
Such was the case when the class of the International Space University ISU Master of Space Studies MSS20 took a field trip to the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Institute of Space Systems (IRS) on the 5th of February, 2020. The day began at 7:00 AM with a 3 hour bus ride from the ISU campus in Illkirch Graffenstaden, France to Lampoldshausen, Germany, the site of DLR Institute of Space Propulsion. The class was given an overview presentation of the site and DLR’s contributions as a member state of the European Space Agency (ESA). After the presentation, the students were taken on a guided tour of the indoor exhibition, which displayed several model rockets, the Viking engine, steam generators, test hardware, combustion chambers, and a life-size display of the second stage of the Ariane 5 rocket. The exhibition was followed by a tour of the test facilities and lunch.
The MSS20 student got back on the bus to make way to the next destination: Institute of Space Systems (IRS) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. The tour began with an overview of IRS and the Deutsches Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Institut, a German collaboration with the American Space Agency, NASA. Then the students were taken on several tours of the facilities, including the Soyuz Simulator, a simplified replica of the Soyuz cockpit. Many MSS20 students were given the opportunity to pilot the spacecraft in a test scenario which included docking with the International Space Station (ISS).”
Cover Picture: ISU MSS20 class at DLR (ISU)
Bottom Picture: ISU MSS20 student Supreet Kaur (ISU)