SSP Talks with Gary Martin
With an immense experience in creating successful international collaborations within NASA, Gary Martin, one of the former directors of SSP, and currently an advisor for the Ministry of Luxembourg, share his thoughts on SSP, how it's become one of the best parts of his amazing space journey, and his vision for the future of ISU.
SSP Talks with John Connolly
John Connolly, currently the Mars Study Capability team Lead at NASA, and former director of SSP speaks about his SSP journey, big picture perspective that ISU provides and especially, the SSP Rocket Launch competition that he has been leading since its inception.
Welcoming the Alumni
Some of the alumni and people who have been associated with ISU for a long time welcome the fellow alumni for the grand alumni weekend at SSP 18. It was one awesome weekend!
SSP18 - Rocket Launch
As SSP 18 comes to the end of its first half, the skies of Noordwijk are pierced by the screeching rockets designed, built and launched by the SSP 18 folks. There were 5 teams, 5 launches, and one amazing day at the ESA BIC, Noordwijk.
Cross Industry Innovation
Launch - The First Stories of SSP18
Every adventure has to have a wonderful beginning, and SSP18 isn't an exception! From Astronaut Panel to Improv, and from amazing visits to cultural nights, the first two weeks provided some incredible experiences to the participants. Here's a quick recap of it!
SSP18 - Volvo Ocean Race
ISU SSP18 Volvo Ocean Race Finish Event, Den Haag Netherlands, 1 July 2018 #SSP18 #NLargeYourUniverse
SSP Talks with Prof. Jeff Hoffman
Professor Hoffman, one of the members of the STS-61 crew who fixed the Hubble Space Telescope which eventually captured some of the most amazing pictures humans have ever captured. Here at SSP Talks, Professor Hoffman shares his connection with ISU, what he loves the most about the program, and a few beautiful thoughts from his spaceflight experience.
SSP18 Hubble Lecture Recap
SSP18 Hubble Lecture Recap
The Hubble Space Telescope
ISU Open Day 2018 - Reach for the Moon
Alastair Reynolds @ ISU - Space and Science-Fiction
Alastair Reynolds recently gave a lecture to the MSS18 students of the International Space University on Space and Science-Fiction, a lecture which matches together two of his passions, science and writing.
His involvement with written science fiction began in the mid-1970s. As far as he can remember, he always liked writing and making up stories, but he decided to take the path of scientific studies. He studied astronomy and astrophysics at Newcastle and graduated in 1988. He moved to Scotland after completing his degree and spent three years gaining a doctorate in astronomy. He then moved to the Netherlands as a research fellow at the European Space Agency. He spent another two years as a post-doctoral researcher at Utrecht university and then was back to ESA as a contract researcher. By the time he concluded his scientific career in 2004, he was four books into his new life as a novelist.
According to him, writing is both a vocation and a hobby, although he feels that there are days when it feels more like a job than a past-time. Alastair informed the students that it is an extraordinary privilege to be able to make his living from what is, essentially, just making things up.
ISU Space Capsule - Melissa GUZMAN
Melissa Guzman’s recent lecture “Forty years on: reanalyzing Viking 1 and 2 data” enthralled the Master of Space Studies students. Being herself a former ISU student (MSS15), she managed to raise a very strong interest in the audience.
She is currently a doctoral Student in Astrophysics and Planetary Science at LATMOS (Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales) in France.
She previously worked at the NASA Ames Research Center as a Research Associate on Planetary Science and Astrobiology . She worked on projects such as restoring and reanalyzing the Mars Viking Lander Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) data; ice plume modeling and mission concept support for ongoing efforts to visit Saturn’s moon, Enceladus; and supporting plant growth CubeSat projects for planetary science.
The International Space University is always happy to welcome back its former students as visiting lecturers!
Ioannis Michaloudis @ ISU - Aerosculpte projects
Dr. Ioannis Michaloudis recently lectured ISU’s MSS18 students on Aerosculpte projects. He is a visual artist, academic & researcher internationally
acknowledged as one of the leaders in Art & Science. He believes that “interdisciplinarity is the future of our world”. He is the first ever creator and
investigator on the application of NASA’s nanomaterial silica aerogel in Visual
Arts, Design and Architecture. He started his career in Paris as a researcher at
Sorbonne University where he presented his thesis in 1998 on the elastic
relationships between Visual Arts & Design. In 2001, after receiving the Fulbright
Award for Greek Artists, he moved to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
in the United States. He has had twelve solo international exhibitions and has been invited in more than twenty international Art & Science exhibitions and conferences.
He is currently coordinating the post-graduate program in Visual Arts at Charles
Darwin University in Australia.
SH-SSP18 AstroTims Rocket Launch Video
Credits: Timothy Ryan (AstroTim)
SH-SSP18 Team Project Space Ready
ISU SH-SSP18 Participants present the Team Project Space Ready @ UniSA Mawson Campus on 15 February 2018.
Mission statement: "An international comparison and analysis of space agencies to provide recommendations for the benefit of emerging space states.”
SH-SSP18 Team Project Disaster Management
ISU SH-SSP18 Participants present the Team Project Disaster Management @ UniSA Mawson Campus on 15 February 2018.
Mission statement: “To identify and enhance the use of current and emerging space-based PNT technologies and services in developing nations’ disaster management systems”
SH-SSP18 Event Closing Ceremony
International Space University - SH-SSP 2018 Closing Ceremony @ Mawson Center - University of South Australia (UniSA) - 16 February 2018
Chris Bridges @ ISU - Smallsats, Cubesats and Picosats
“Ham radio enthusiasts help nano-satellite missions!” says Dr. Chris Bridges who recently came to the International Space University (ISU) to lecture the Master of Space Studies (MSS18) students on Smallsats, Cubesats and Picosats.
He is the On-Board Data Handling Group Lead at the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) of the University of Surrey and is published in agent computing, multi-core system-on-a-chip technologies, and software defined radio. He runs the Implementing Intelligence for Aerospace Session at the IEEE/AIAA Aerospace Conference at Big Sky, Montana, USA. Dr. Bridges is the Surrey Space Centre Lead Engineer & Researcher for the collaboration with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) mission 'Surrey Training Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator' program (STRaND).
Since STRaND1’s launch, he has been operating the craft and is involved with many of the CubeSats at Surrey in On-Board Data handling as well as ground station operations.
He is passionate about communicating all things space through his teaching, regular media, and social websites.
Mark Skinner @ ISU - Space Traffic Management
Dr. Mark Skinner, who received the Masters of Business Administration from the International Space University (ISU) in 2012, recently lectured the Master of Space Studies (MSS) students on Space Traffic Management.
He began his career in aerospace in 1991 at Pennsylvania State University as a research faculty member. He joined Boeing in 1999 as a senior scientist and technical manager with the Science & Analysis (S&A) team. Since 2005, he has also served as the program manager for the Broadband Array Spectrograph Sensor (BASS), leading a collaboration between Boeing, The Aerospace Corporation and AFRL in developing infrared sensing techniques of resident space objects.
Dr. Skinner specializes in the techniques of non-resolved object characterization (NROC) and non-imaging space object identification (NISOI). His current research focus is on the detection and characterization of orbital debris.
He has published and presented scores of technical papers for various journals and conferences, including the International Astronautical Congress and Acta Astronomica among others.
SHSSP18 Are we a Alone ?
Guest speaker: Dr Charley Lineweaver
When we look at the starry sky we cannot help wonder whether we are alone in the universe or whether other sentient beings exist, and if so how far away they are. Maybe the light reflected off our planet and old radio transmissions have travelled through the enormous distances of space and reached intelligent beings, who may also be wondering whether there is life here. Presently we do not have the technology to travel far outside of the solar system and check this out for ourselves, but since time immemorial philosophers have been debating whether we are the only intelligent species in the universe, while scientists have devised experiments to detect signs of life outside of Earth. In this keynote address, we’ll hear from one of the topmost Australian researchers in the field of astrobiology what we have learned so far, and will be treated to a thought-provoking travel through time and space to answer the ultimate question: are we alone?
Dr Charles (Charley) Lineweaver is the convener of the Planetary Science Institute (PSI) of the Australian National University (ANU), where he holds a joint Associate Professorship in the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the Research School of Earth Sciences. He obtained his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a member of the COBE satellite team that discovered temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background. His current research ranges from cosmology, to exoplanetology, astrobiology and evolutionary biology.
Minna Nygren @ ISU - Space and Music
“Music is a tool for engaging audiences to think about scientific phenomenon” launched Minna Orvokki Nygren (MMus) to the Master of Space Studies (MSS18) students of the International Space University (ISU). She is a multidisciplinary artist composer working in London and lecturing on space and music at ISU. Much of her compositional work uses mixed media such as visual image, illustration and film. In 2015 she premiered "Pluto and Charon - A Planetary Waltz" composed together with colleague Catherine Kontz, commissioned by the Centre for Planetary Sciences at University College London/Birkbeck: a work celebrating NASA New Horizons space probe passing by Pluto and its largest moon Charon. In addition to her artistic work, she is currently carrying out research at UCL Knowledge Lab, whilst also being a visiting lecturer at ISU.
Nelly Ben Hayoun @ ISU - Space Experience Design
Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun is a French designer and award-winning director who recently gave a lecture at the International Space University on Space Experience Design, followed by a workshop, in which the whole Master of Space Studies MSS18 class happily took part.
She works with scientists and engineers to devise events and experiences, such as the International Space Orchestra (ISO), the world’s first orchestra of space scientists from NASA Ames Research Center, the Singularity University, the International Space University and the SETI Institute.
She collaborated with many artists such as Sigur Rós, The Prodigy, Beck, Damon Albarn among others.
In 2015, she was nominated for a Women of the Year Achievement Award which rewards women 'who have made a significant achievement'.
In 2017, she launched with the Sandberg Institute, the University of the Underground, a university providing a Master in Design of Experiences and based in the underground of the urban spaces in London and Amsterdam, which aim is to support unconventional research practices.
SHSSP18 Government, industry and universities partnering in space economy development
This panel of government industry and university experts will discuss their respective roles in sustainable space sector development, focussing on recent initiatives in South Australia and in particular in the City of Salisbury local government area where there are exciting plans to build upon the wide range of space-related capability (including the Mawson Lakes campus of UniSA) that currently exists.
Panellists from the City of Salisbury, the SA Space Industry Centre, the University of South Australia and local industry.
Sponsored by the City of Salisbury.
SH-SSP18 Role of Ethics in Space
Space activities are supported by sound economic arguments, with global business revenues from space activities in the order of hundreds of billion dollars every year. Why did humans however, decide to go to space in the first place? What moves humans to try and literally reach for the stars? When Earth itself is affected by complex global problems, and nations fight for diminishing resources, why do some nations and visionaries expend resources to put humans and human-made objects in space? Is it ethical to strive to expand the reach of human civilisation beyond the gravitational pull of our planet? These and other questions will be explored by Dr Jacques Arnould, resident ethicist with the French Space Agency (CNES), and Adjunct Professor with the International Space University.
With advanced degrees in engineering, the history of science, and theology, Dr Jacques Arnould is uniquely positioned to look at these long standing issues from many perspectives. The author of several books on the topic of space ethics, he is the recipient of the prestigious 2004 Labruyère Prize from the Académie Française, and of the 2011 Audiffred Prize awarded by the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques.
SH-SSP18 Astronaut and Human Spaceflight Panel
The International Astronaut Event is a long-standing highlight in ISU sessions. Members of the general public will have an opportunity to ask a broad range of questions of our invited astronaut and obtain their autographs.
Annalisa Dominoni & Benedetto Quaquaro @ ISU - Space product design and fashion
ISU visiting lecturer Annalisa Dominoni, PhD, recently gave a lecture on Space product design and fashion to the Master of Space Studies MSS18 students. She is an architect, designer and professor at the Design School of Politecnico di Milano. Her activities are focused on teaching, design and research on space and extreme environments to facilitate human missions in microgravity and create new opportunities and spin-offs for space technology in the private sector. She is the Principal Investigator of two experiments on the International Space Station: VEST, Marco Polo mission, Italian Space Agency (ASI), and GOAL, Eneide mission, European Space Agency (ESA). Furthermore, she is scientific director of the Higher Education Course "Space Fashion Design”.
Along with Benedetto Quaquaro, who took part in the lecture, she has a design bureau in Milan characterized by a transversal attitude that combines innovation and handcraft in different areas of projects. They have designed for the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, the European Space Agency, NASA, Thales Alenia Spazio among others.
SH-SSP18 Opening Ceremony
International Space University - SH-SSP 2018 Opening Ceremony @ Adelaide Convention Center - 15 January 2018
Dr. Martina Heer @ ISU - Nutrition
The International Space University, ISU MSS18, recently welcomed Dr. Martina Heer for a lecture on nutrition. Dr. Heer has supported astronauts for more than 20 years in defining their dietary requirements at the EAC, the European Astronaut Center in Cologne for both MIR and ISS missions.
She is an affiliated Professor in Nutrition Physiology at the University of Bonn in Germany and a scientific consultant for nutritional sciences.
Her main interest is understanding the interaction of nutrient supply and immobility on fluid and electrolyte metabolism, the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems. Since 1998 she has been the ESA representative in the “Nutrition Working Group” of the Multilateral Medical Operation Panel for the International Space Station, where the recommended dietary allowances for space missions are defined.
Dr. Heer is the Chair of the International Society of Gravitational Physiology. She is a member of the Editorial Board of several journals such as Acta Astronautica and Extreme Physiology and Medicine. She has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has been granted many awards, one of them being the Science Award of the German Aerospace Center in 2000.
Prof. Holger Marschner @ ISU - “Sound of Silence – About Acoustics”
This week’s space capsule is dedicated to Prof. Holger Marschner. He developed, together with ISU resident professor and medical doctor Volker Damann, the assignment “Sound of Silence – About Acoustics” for the students of the Master of Space Studies (MSS18) of the International Space University (ISU). He also provided the basic physics principles in the introductory lecture to this assignment and will be back at ISU to attend the final presentations and evaluate the deliverables.
Holger Marschner is a Professor of Automotive Engineering and Noise, Vibration, Harshness (NVH) at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. After studying Mechanical Engineering at the Darmstadt University of Technology, he started working in 1996 at Continental Teves in Frankfurt as a Test Engineer where he led the NVH department within the Hydraulic Brake Systems business unit for 15 years. In 2009 he was appointed Principal Technical Expert on NVH which allowed him to mentor on all issues around NVH in the Continental Automotive Group. Industry-wide, Marschner is known as the author of numerous papers and is a chairman in Eurobrake sessions.
ISU-MVA Tuesday 21 November 2017 Afternoon session
ISU-MVA Tuesday 21 November 2017 Morning session
ISU-MVA Monday 20 November 2017 Afternoon session
ISU/MVA 19/11/2017 Keynote address by ESA Director General Dr Johann-Dietrich Wörner
Emmanouil Detsis @ ISU - Planets and Moons
This week’s space capsule is dedicated to Dr Emmanouil Detsis who lectured the Master of Space Studies 2018 class on planets and moons. Dr Detsis is an ISU Master of Space Studies MSS10 alumnus and he also worked as a Teaching Associate at ISU.
Emmanouil Detsis studied Physics at the University of Crete and then did his PhD studies in Astrophysics at Edinburgh University, UK, where he specialized in Large Scale Structure formation.
He is currently working at the European Science Foundation as a Science officer, where he is managing EU and ESA projects in the domain of space.
ISS Commander Randy Bresnik to ESC USA 2017 graduating class
Congratulatory message from ISS Commander Randy Bresnik to the ESC USA 2017 graduating class!
Dr. Sergi Vaquer Araujo @ ISU - Applied physiology and anatomy to space flight
Dr. Sergi Vaquer Araujo lectured the Master of Space Studies MSS18 of the International Space University (ISU) on applied physiology and anatomy to space flight. In this week’s space capsule, Dr. Vaquer explains how he showed some ultrasound techniques to students in order to demonstrate the effects of spaceflight on the human body.
Dr. Vaquer Araujo is a certified ISS Flight Surgeon currently working for the European Space Agency at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. He studied medicine in the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain and specialized in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. His main professional interests are human physiology, pre-hospital medicine and advanced trauma medical management. He has also participated in several research activities related to human spaceflight, including microgravity research on parabolic flights
Jim Dator @ ISU
This week’s space capsule is dedicated to pioneer futurist Professor Jim Dator who lectured ISU’s Master of Space Studies MSS18 class on the origins of space age, the cultural rationales for space activates, space futures and space governance.
Each of us has an essential role in the construction of whatever futures do come to pass. Humans have never before had more influence over - and ethical responsibilities towards - the futures of our environment, our biology, and indeed, of all life. Professor Dator has been part of the ISU faculty since 1994. He is Professor and Director Emeritus of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies. In addition to ongoing teaching, Dator served as Secretary General and then President of the World Futures Studies Federation for a decade, produced numerous publications on futures studies and emergent issues, and consulted with governmental, educational, religious, public-interest, military, and business organizations in over 40 countries.
Marcello Ingrassia @ ISU - Team building
This year’s first “Space Capsule” is dedicated to Marcello Ingrassia who recently lectured ISU’s Master of Space Studies MSS18 class on team building and skills.
Mr. Ingrassia has been part of ISU’s teaching corps since 2008 when he started lecturing the Master of Space Studies class. He also taught ISU’s Executive MBA in 2009. Mr. Ingrassia has a University Degree in Philosophy and Human Sciences (Option Psychology). Since 1992 he has been working as a freelance trainer for several universities in the world including CVA (Communaute des Villes Ariane) Summer Schools as well as for private companies like EADS and international organizations such as the European Commission.
NASA HI SEAS Mission
ISU MSS15 James Bevington and Brian Ramos Telling Us about their NASA HI SEAS Mission
MSS17 Graduation and MSS18 Opening Ceremonies
33:08 - MSS17 Representatives speech
48:40 - Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund, ISU Vice-Chancellor
1:33:56 - Mr. Randy Sweet, Director, Strategy and Business Development, Human Space Flight, Lockheed Martin
1:38:33 - Ms Catherine Trautman, Vice-President, Eurometropolis of Strasbourg
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SSP17 TP Astropreneurs
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