UK Space Agency awards ISU scholarships

Seven UK participants have been awarded scholarships by the UK Space Agency ISU (International Space University) Scholarship Scheme to attend the International Space University Space Studies Programme (SSP).

The programme moves to a different location each year and this year is being held at ISU’s Central Campus in Strasbourg, France.

The UK Space Agency supports a competitive scholarship scheme to support UK citizens who wish to attend the International Space University’s nine-week Space Studies Programme and one-year MSc programme.

This year’s successful UK applicants include:

  • Ashley Dale
  • Anthony Burn
  • Leo Teeney
  • Charles Laing
  • Richard Passmore
  • Ryan Laird
  • Sinead O’Sullivan

UK Participants meet at Inmarsat for a briefing by the UK Space Agency. Image credit: UK Space Agency

The UK participants were briefed at Inmarsat by the UK Space Agency before heading off to Strasbourg; an opportunity to learn about the UK space sector, meet UK ISU alumni and get to know their colleagues before the programme began. The participants also were shown around Inmarsat, which included a tour of the Maritime Simulator and Satellite Control Centre.

The Space Studies Program (SSP) is an intense nine-week course for postgraduate students and professionals of all disciplines. The curriculum covers a wide range of the principal space-related fields from policy, law, business, management, humanities, engineering, physical sciences to space applications. ISU works on three main principles (the 3 “I”s) – international, intercultural and interdisciplinary. It provides a working environment in an ideal atmosphere to develop professional skills suitable to the space sector with a strong support from major space agencies and industry leaders.

SSP is divided into three main areas – core lectures by experts from the space sector (including space agencies, industry leaders and academics); department activities which include professional visits to various space-related sites; and team projects (TPs) where participants work on the principle of ISU’s 3 “I”s to conduct research on a relevant topic.

This year’s professional visits include amongst others:

  • The European Astronaut Centre (EAC), the centre of excellence for astronaut selection, training, medical support and surveillance, as well as support of astronauts and their families during preparation for and during flight
  • SES, Luxembourg a world leading satellite operator
  • The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)
  • Technik Museum Speyer, where masterpieces of technology are displayed, including an original BURAN space shuttle
  • The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, CERN Switzerland where Space Sciences participants will have the possibility to view the world’s largest particle physics laboratory

Two of the UK participants are writing blogs, which can be found here:

Ryan Laird
Sinead O’Sullivan

The programme can also be followed on Twitter using #ISUnet and #SSP13.

For further information, see the UK Space Agency press release here:

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