MSS18 Internships: Ana Cristina, Michelle and Samuel report back from NASA AMES

“From the moment you enter NASA Ames Research Park and face the Space Shuttle model that was once tested here in the world’s biggest wind tunnel, you can’t help but to feel inspired to go work and contribute to the future of space exploration.

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More ISU Alumni at SSP18 than Participants 160 vs 135

ISU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund welcomed over 160 ISU alumni, gathered for the International Space University’s annual alumni conference. It took place this year at TU Delft, The Netherlands, one of the three locations where the Space Studies Program SSP18 is hosted.

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ISU Continues to Stay in Touch with Previous SSP Host Sites

During the astronaut panel of ISU’s Space Studies Program SSP17 in Cork, Ireland, one of the invited astronauts, Paolo Nespoli, was not able to attend as he was in quarantine for his next long-duration flight to the International Space Station (ISS).

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ISU MSS17 Pablo A. Calla G. Reports from SES

“ I’m currently on my third month of internship at Société Européenne des Satellites (SES), which is a world leading satellite operator who provides communications across the globe.“

As an electronic engineer, with previous knowledge in satellite Power Systems, I was very lucky to be able to join the Power/Thermal Survivability Section in the Spacecraft Engineering Department, working alongside experienced and outgoing engineers who have welcomed me to the team. The Spacecraft Engineering Department focuses mainly on the satellite operations that involve controlling and monitoring the SES fleet, which is composed of Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites.

Within Power and Thermal control, SES has developed its own tools for monitoring and modeling these subsystems. However, given the nature of their fleet, which involves different satellites and different platforms, the tools developed for each satellite are different from each other and try to satisfy the needs of a specific spacecraft. This allowed the creation of several different software tools that perform almost the same tasks. Therefore, my internship goal is the creation of an interface for an existing tool that can be expanded for different satellites and platforms as one of the attempts to unify and standardize activities among SES’s operation centers around the globe.    

SES is a company that gathers people from different backgrounds and nationalities to work together and promotes their interaction. This helps build better relations between coworkers and creates integration. In my opinion, people that work in SES experience a very good working environment and gain a lot of knowledge in satellite business.”


"My life can be clearly divided between before and after ISU. ISU was a breaking point that created a world of possibilities in front of me."

Carmen Felix - MSS10 -

"Attending ISU has been, for me, the ultimate eye-opening experience. Attending the Master of Space Studies allowed me to pursue my personal interests with a limit determined only by my imagination."

Diego Urbina - MSS09 -

"My space flight was the changing point in my whole life. Since my background was mechanical engineering, I did not know much about space, which led me to the International Space University."

Soyeon Yi - SSP09 -

"ISU is broadening the global space community and connecting New Space countries to old and mighty ones."

Mart Vihmand - SSP11&MSS13 -