The first International Space University Executive Space Course in the Asia Pacific region was attended by 12 professionals from agencies, research institutions, and industry executives from Australia and South Africa. The program was co-developed with New Zealand based SpaceBase, co-founded by two ISU alumni, Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom and Eric Dahlstrom. The course was opened by the head of the New Zealand Space Agency, Dr. Peter Crabtree.
The five-day intensive course included sessions from seven space disciplines – from policy and law, to engineering, and satellite applications. The program was delivered by over 40 specialists from seven space agencies, academia, and industry experts from 16 countries. It also included workshops from UNISEC Global as well as panel sessions on Asia-Pacific activities, entrepreneurship, and investments. Representatives from start-up companies in the region such as I-Space, Astroscale, Dawn Aerospace, and Earth2Orbit discussed the challenges and opportunities in commercial space. Investor groups’ Singapore Space and Technology Ltd, Moonshot, and E2MC described the growing funding opportunities in the New Space sector.
With the success of this first virtual program in the Asia Pacific area, ISU will no doubt conduct more executive and customized space courses in that region.