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An Introduction to The International Space University. An international, interdisciplinary, intercultural, graduate-level education for tomorrow’s space leaders. An Introduction to ISU. What is ISU? What do you learn? Who do you meet? What do you see? Why should you go?

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an introduction to the international space university

An Introduction toThe International Space University

An international, interdisciplinary, intercultural, graduate-level education for tomorrow’s space leaders

an introduction to isu
An Introduction to ISU
  • What is ISU?
  • What do you learn?
  • Who do you meet?
  • What do you see?
  • Why should you go?
  • Where will it bring you?
  • How do I apply?
what is isu philosophy
What is ISU: Philosophy
  • World space activities have become increasingly international in nature.
  • New skills need to be developed and enhanced in order to manage the engineering, economic, political and organizational aspects of space programs.
  • Space professionals of the future need a very broad base of knowledge in order for space programs to succeed and grow.
isu history and founding
ISU History and Founding
  • Founded by Todd Hawley, Bob Richards, Peter Diamandis in 1987.
  • First Summer Session in 1988 (MIT). SSP is in a different city each year
    • 9 in Europe (89, 91, 94, 95, 96, 01, 03, 06, 08)
    • 5 in USA (88, 93, 97, 98, 02)
    • 2 in Canada (90, 05)
    • 2 in Asia (92, 99)
    • 1 in South America (00)
    • 1 in Australia (04)
    • 1 in Beijing, China (07)
    • SSP 2009 at NASA Ames in California
summer session format
Summer Session Format
  • Core Course Lectures
  • Departmental Lectures
  • Student/Faculty Workshops and Theme Days
  • Advanced Electives
  • Individual Assignments
  • Field Trips & Professional Visits
  • Team Design Project
  • Distinguished Panel Series
  • Numerous social & cultural events
business and management
Business and Management
  • Economic rationale for space activities
  • Management of space projects
  • Costing of space projects
  • Business structures and planning
  • Financial issues
  • Contract negotiation techniques
  • New economic and industrial development in space activities
  • Technology transfer
space systems engineering
Space Systems Engineering
  • Astrodynamics
  • Systems engineering requirements
  • Spacecraft configurations
  • Propulsion and transportation systems
  • Life support systems
  • Space robotics
  • Space ports
  • Attitude/orbit determination and control
  • Power and thermal control
  • Spacecraft structures
  • Mission design
satellite applications
Satellite Applications
  • Telecommunication fundamentals
  • Communication systems and applications
  • Remote sensing fundamentals
  • Satellite payloads and sensors
  • Remote sensing applications
  • Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS)
  • The telecommunication industry
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
physical sciences
Physical Sciences
  • The electromagnetic spectrum
  • Cosmology
  • Composition of the solar system
  • The Sun and the space environment
  • Earth’s magnetic field and solar/terrestrial interactions
  • Microgravity
  • Orbital debris modeling
space law policy
Space Law & Policy
  • Political rationale for space activities
  • Principles of international law
  • UN treaties on space
  • National and international telecommunications regulations
  • Evolution of world space agencies and programs
  • Remote sensing and data distribution policies
  • Launch insurance and liability
  • Export and import controls
space life sciences
Space Life Sciences
  • Social, cultural, physiological, and psychological impacts of space travel
  • Impact of long-duration microgravity habitation on the human body
    • bone and muscle physiology
    • blood volume
    • exposure to radiation
  • Human spacecraft design (life-support systems)
  • Extravehicular activity
  • Space medicine
  • Space biology and astrobiology
space and society
Space and Society
  • The origins of the space age
  • Cultural rationales for space activities
  • The space flight revolution
  • The “cosmicization” of humankind
  • Searching for extraterrestrial intelligence
  • Space culture and pop culture
  • Sustainable development
  • Ethics
  • Space futures
example workshop space station design
Example Workshop:Space Station Design
  • Station purpose
  • Mission duration and crew size
  • Station component design
  • Station orbit location
  • Launch system
  • Life onboard, science onboard
  • Mission control professionals
  • Identify off-nominal situations
example department activities satellite applications
Example Department Activities:Satellite Applications
  • GPS exercise
  • Field visit to remote sensing facility (ICC)
  • SAR, GIS, LiDAR workshops
  • Telecommunications industry workshop
  • Ground truthing field activity
  • Student presentations
  • Departmental dinner
applying to isu ssp 09
Applying to ISU SSP ‘09
  • Eligibility:
    • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
    • Must have an undergraduate degree at the time of application, or be a medical or law student
    • Must be enrolled/accepted into post-graduate degree OR be a practicing professional
    • Conversant in English and preferably also in a second language
    • Candidates from any academic discipline are welcome and encouraged to apply
applying to isu ssp 091
Applying to ISU SSP ‘09
  • Selection criteria:
    • Academic performance
    • Language proficiency
    • Letters of reference
    • Essay
    • Space related activities and interests
    • International/intercultural/interdisciplinary experience
    • Demonstrated leadership, motivation and teamwork
applying to isu ssp 092
Applying to ISU SSP ‘09
  • The Canadian Foundation for ISU (CFISU) provides between 8 & 12 full scholarships each year to the SSP
    • Includes airfare, housing, and meals
    • A value of > $25,000
  • Applicants must apply on-line at the ISU web-site, and send supporting information to CFISU
complete application includes
Complete application includes
  • Completed on-line:
    • Application form
    • Essay
  • Sent to CFISU:
    • Page 1 of on-line application
    • Proof of citizenship or permanent residency
    • Transcripts (directly from your University)
    • Two (sealed) letters of evaluation
    • Language competency evaluation form
    • $25 application fee
  • Due Date: January 30th, 2009
websites
Websites
  • On-Line Applications:
    • http://www.isunet.edu
  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
    • http://www.aucc.ca/programs/intprograms/space_e.html
  • CFISU
    • http://www.cfisu.ca/english/ssp09.htm
  • CAISU
    • http://www.caisu.org