Thirty-three participants from eleven countries and a variety of backgrounds are immersed since 18 January in the intense five-week Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SHSSP) that the International Space University offers since 2011 in partnership with the University of South Australia.
The novelties this year include the fully virtual format of the program and its delivery in two time zones: Asia Pacific and Europe, with some components delivered in each time zone separately, and daily sessions that bring together the entire class, especially for the Team Project (TP) work.
Of special interest to Australia, and to many other countries, is the TP’s topic: How space assets and technologies can be applied to better predict and mitigate bushfires and their impacts. The participants will investigate some of the current developments in this area and how they might work together employing a systems approach, taking into account the technological, economic, policy, regulatory and societal aspects of the TP’s topic
After the onboarding activities during the weekend, the SHSSP21 program was officially kicked off during an Opening Ceremony on Monday 18 January where all participants were welcomed by management from the two host universities, and briefly introduced themselves.
The first week of the program concluded on Friday 22 January with a public event accessible to everyone: a virtual International Astronaut Panel featuring Reinhold Ewald (Europe), Mike Barratt (USA) and Takuya Onishi (Japan). The panel’s recording is available through this link.
Stay tuned for updates on the program through our weekly blogs.