Workforce Development of Space Professionals in the Middle East


In conjunction with the yearly Israel Space Week, ISU President J. de Dalmau was hosted on 27 January by Israel Space Agency (ISA) Director Avi Blasberger for discussions on the workforce development of Israeli space professionals and the training of promising young graduates.

He completed three intensive days of talks, visits and attendance to events during this year’s Israel Space Week, including the Ilan Ramon Conference.

The program included: meeting with the Director of the Israel Space Agency, the Spacelab school competition, the Space-It-Up talks, the one-week Space Start-Ups Workshop and the entrepreneurs’ pitches, and the legacy left by the late Rona Ramon whose vision and engagement are followed by numerous people.

He joined other ISU alumni for a guided tour of IAI’s Space Division, that was hosted by ISU alumni working there. “Orphans of Apollo” had just been screened there for the employees, and one could see an engineering model of the SpaceIL Lunar Lander in the clean room.

One of the extraordinary success stories of ISU and the Ilan Ramon Scholarship project, is that one of the founders of the Space IL lander on the Moon project is Yonatan Winetraub, an Ilan Ramon Scholar who attended the 2009 at the Space Studies Program held at NASA Ames in California. Yonatan is currently a PhD Candidate, Biophysics at Stanford and was one of three Ilan Ramon Scholars who was also selected by Forbes magazine as top 30 under 30 in Israel!

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Cover Picture: From right to left - Leo Vinovezky (External Relations & International Collaboration, ISA), Ofer Lapid (ISU SSP 08 and ISA's representative on ISU's Board of Trustees), Avi Blasberger and Juan de Dalmau. Credit: ISA

Yonatan Winetraub, one of three SpaceIL founders, inserts a time capsule into the compay's private moon lander, which is scheduled to launch in February 2019. Credit: Yoav Weiss