MSS18 Internship stories:  James Hurrell and Kunal Naik at Tohoku University

“Myself and Kunal have just arrived and initiated our internships at Tohoku University in the beautiful city of Sendai in Japan. We are interning in the Space Robotics Laboratory which is the part of Aerospace Engineering Department. We join colleagues William Jones and David Rodriguez (MSS15) PhD. researchers in the Laboratory.

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The International Space University Respects Private Data Handling

Based upon recent events on how private data are used and related to the GDPR, some of the alumni have expressed some concerns due to this publicity and hype around Data Protection. ISU has taken the lead and is already quite advanced on this - alumni can rest assured.

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ISU MSS18 Christos Ntinos interning at ESA’s European Space Astronomy Center

ISU MSS18 internship stories: students spread out all over the world. The last module of ISU's Master of Space Studies (MSS) program is a three-month internship that ISU students carry out in space agencies, space companies, start-ups, universities and other space-related organizations.

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Groupama Grand Est supports research in ISU via a unique sponsorship agreement

On 7 March, a presentation took place in ISU describing the earlier and further steps of the MMARS1 project, which is now on board the International Space Station (ISS) safely stored and waiting to be activated.

In the presence of Eurometropolis of Strasbourg President Mr. Herrmann, Eurometropolis Vice-President Ms. Trautmann and the University of Strasbourg (UniStra) Vice-President Ms C. Roy, the unique Public Private Partnership (PPP) context of this experiment was reminded by ISU President Prof. W. Peeters and ISU Director of Research Programs, Prof. J.J. Favier.
mmars groupama2Illustrated with pictures and videos, the launch on board Falcon9 and the docking with ISS of the project was described by Prof. N. Matt, both professor at (UniStra) and Vice-President at the Eurometropolis and Prof. J.J. Favier, who both were present at the launch pad. Joined also by a Space X Director and ISU MSS16 and MSS17 with thesis Paul Wohrer!

The scientific aspects of this experiment and its role in a better understanding of potential life on Mars was then explained by Prof. S. Vuilleumier, professor at UniStra and in charge of the CNRS research team in the field of microbiology, during a round table with all major actors.

An important element of the evening was the signature of an agreement with Groupama Grand Est, represented by its Director-General Mr. O. Larcher.

This agreement extended even more the PPP aspect of this experiment, involving two Strasbourg located Universities and Airbus Space, a major aerospace company, with the financial backing of the Eurometropolis and now also Groupama Grand Est. The objective of this additional funding is to prepare a second iteration of the experiment, based upon the results obtained from MMARS1.


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