Young Space Professionals Visit Europe's Spaceport in Kourou

Two groups of 25 young space professionals have visited the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) in Kourou in late October and early November, as part of the professional development activities offered by the Young ESA association of employees of the European Space Agency.

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ISU and Airbus Addressing Africa’s Developmental Challenges

Dr. Tejumola Taiwo, ISU resident faculty specialized in space applications, recently attended the Airbus Africa Forum event as a panelist at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse. The event hosted by the Airbus Africa community had representations of more than 150 participants.

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Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund appointed to be the new ISU Chancellor

The International Space University (ISU) appointed Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund to be its new and first female Chancellor. At the end of the term of the present International Space University Chancellor, Dr. Buzz Aldrin, the Board of Trustees decided to assign this important role to Prof. Ehrenfreund, the present vice-chancellor and chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

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Into the Water – ASE Award for MSS17 Jenna Tiwana

Sandra Bullok in "Gravity" and Jennifer Lawrence in "Passengers" splashed into water in their recent SciFi movies - future interplanetary astronauts may profit from the technique known as full body water immersion according to Jenna Tiwana's work.

It is thanks to that work that Jenna graduated cum laude from the International Space University (ISU) Master of Space Studies course in Strasbourg in September 2017.

Medical doctor Volker Damann, experienced astronaut crew surgeon and resident faculty member at ISU said:

“Indeed, water immersion and long duration space travel are themed in many science fiction movies. But is it science fiction? Jenna did a very thorough literature review and dug into archives and interviewed scientists involved in hyper-g research. Her work is providing a very interesting and comprehensive report, summarizing historic research data and current developments, but also touched upon related areas, such as liquid ventilation, that would be required to provide immersed astronauts with the essential breathing oxygen.”

Jenna has a background in Aerospace Engineering and has completed a Master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics at University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. Her hobbies include salsa dancing and sky-diving. She picked the subject because:

“I wanted to embrace the unique opportunity to research an unfamiliar discipline to me. This allowed me to apply elements of my engineering knowledge to medically benefit future astronauts making interstellar travel a realizable goal. I chose to study at the International Space University as from a young age I have had a passion for space and really wanted to get to grips with all aspects of the industry ranging from space law to rocket science.”

The Association of Space Explorers (ASE), whose European regional chapter resides on the ISU campus, picked Jenna's work as the Best Human Spaceflight related report that goes together with a money prize, gratefully sponsored by former ESA astronaut André Kuipers and his foundation in the Netherlands.

ESA astronaut and ISU faculty member Reinhold Ewald personally presented the award on behalf of ASE and encouraged Jenna and the other MSS17 graduates to continue in their efforts to advance space technology and research for the exploration of the solar system by making space missions safer and more feasible.

The Association of Space Explorers is the only professional organization of individuals who have flown into space. Its international members share their experience of orbital spaceflight in numerous outreach and educational activities. The ASE membership comprises over three quarters of the world's flown astronauts, cosmonauts, and taikonauts. 

Picture credit: Marc Dossman/ISU. Jenna Tiwana receives the award from ASE member astronaut Reinhold Ewald. To the right: Prof Volker Damann, resident faculty member at ISU and Jenna's tutor.


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