Successful “crew re-entry” after ISU’s first fully online one-week Executive Space Course

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As far as we know, all 16 crew members of the International Space University’s first fully online Executive Space Course (ESC) “The Americas Online” have returned safely to their normal occupations in Canada, the Isle of Man, Japan, USA and Switzerland after an intense, interactive and interdisciplinary course that concluded on 20 November.

ISU is thankful to all participants for their commitment, their long hours of online interaction with the lecturers and experts, and to their employers that include the US Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the US Space Foundation and the ManSat commercial consultant.

The one-week course ran in close cooperation with the hosts of the traditional in-person ESC offered each year in Seattle, USA, and with ISU partners and experts in Central and South America.

I have realized that space is truly interdisciplinary and that it is accessible to everyone” said one participant. Indeed, close to 40 lecturers and experts from academia and the space industry shared their knowledge on all aspects related to the space sector.”

One other commented on “the excellent quality of the speakers and highly interesting panels”. Followed by: “Special mention of the panel on Latin American space activities: an eye opener”.

While covering the most relevant topics of a classical ISU ESC, this course also included focus sessions on:

  • small satellites and space entrepreneurship, areas of excellence for which the greater Seattle region is known;
  • space law and international and national regulatory regimes;
  • public-private collaboration in the development of space ecosystems in emerging space countries, with a focus on the Latin American Region.


Some participants are already thinking of taking another ISU program, and why not another Executive Space Course, like ESC-ISU taking place in person at ISU’s central campus in France, in April 2021.

In the meantime, the ESC course participants look forward to their upcoming one-on-one consultation with the space expert of their choice among the 130 members of the ISU Global Faculty – a new feature introduced this year as part of the ESC offering.

More info here.



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