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International Space University Organization, Inc.

aka ISU   |   Arlington, VA   |  http://www.isunet.edu

Mission

The International Space University (ISU) is an interdisciplinary postgraduate institution, with over 150 global faculty members, preparing students and professionals to respond to the current and future demands of the international space sector. ISU has over 5000 graduates from over 110+ countries. Its alumni base includes Astronauts, Space Entrepreneurs, and (former) heads of space agencies. It receives funding from leading space agencies, such as NASA, ESA (EU), CNSA (China), ISRO (India), and JAXA (Japan), private corporations, and alumni donations. ISU is dually registered in the United States, via a 501c3 in Massachusetts, and in Strasbourg, France (Association). About 95% of its revenue flows through its French Association so please check the additional attachments section.

Ruling year info

1988

Vice-President, North America Operations

Gary Martin

Main address

PO Box 7470

Arlington, VA 22207 USA

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EIN

52-1511773

NTEE code info

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

University or Technological (B43)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Masters of Science in Space Studies (MSS)

The MSS is structured as a one- or two-year program. The first year is essentially a taught one and is delivered primarily at the ISU Central Campus in Strasbourg. Some students will take only this year and graduate with an a Master of Space Studies. During the first year, students who perform at an appropriate level may apply for the second ‘thesis year’ in which they perform a single extended piece of research or scholarly activity, either at ISU, or an appropriate host institution. These students will graduate with an MSc in Space Studies and Thesis.

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The Space Studies Program (SSP), an intense two-month professional development course for postgraduate students and professionals of all disciplines, in a different global location every year. The program is packed with a wide variety of activities, including lectures by renowned experts, hands-on activities and projects, team work and professional visits.

The main elements of the SSP curriculum are the core lecture series, workshops, departments and team projects. All course work at ISU is conducted in English. Each year, the program evolves to better meet the needs of the participants and their employers. Participants are strongly encouraged to contribute their own knowledge, experience, ideas, culture and opinions as well as their energy and enthusiasm.

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The Southern Space Studies Program (SHSSP) has been running since 2011, provided in partnership by ISU and the University of South Australia. The program is designed with a particular eye to the southern hemisphere space environment and is built around the themes of space exploration, space policy and space services, while giving a well-rounded exposure to the principles and concepts involved in space science, space systems engineering and technology, space business, project leadership and space legal and regulatory issues. The program is designed to be a catalyst to boost the role of space for countries in the southern hemisphere and those cooperating with them, and to build human capability and capacity.

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This intensive program was developed by the International Space University and Aldrin Space Institute for students passionate about shaping the future of commercial space. Upon completion of all four courses, students will earn a 12 credit Commercial Space Programs graduate certificate.

The objective of the Commercial Space Program graduate certificate is to provide students from diverse backgrounds in science, engineering and business an intensive series of courses focused on commercial space with an emphasis on technical and entrepreneurial management, public-private partnership, and New Space activities.

According to Dr. Greg Autry, Director at Southern California Commercial Spaceflight Initiative (SCCSI) and Faculty of the CSP graduate certificate: «Commercial space startups are now far and away the fastest growing sector of the aerospace industry. According to Bryce Technologies, the five year period from 2013-2018 witnessed an order of magnitude increase in seed and venture capital investment. Space Angels Network reports that over $3 billion was invested in 2018 alone and cumulative commercial space investment is now at $18 billion. Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte and Bank of America all project a space economy in the trillions.»
Upon completion of all four courses, students will earn a graduate certificate in Florida Tech’s Commercial Space Programs graduate certificate course. All courses are accredited with fully transferable credit to partner institutions.

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The Executive Space Course looks at current space and space-related activities and explains the technology, science, business and policies upon which each phase of a space program or mission is based.

Taught from an international perspective, the course allows participants to gain an understanding of the differences as well as the common approaches to space strategy across the globe. The course explains core engineering and technical concepts in a simple, understandable manner, allowing participants to develop their knowledge of space-related activities and terminology.

The Course is intended for two broad categories of professionals, those working in the space sector but who do not have a broad space background (e.g., those with expertise in finance, law, marketing, human resources, etc. or even engineering and science) or those currently working outside the space sector but who have an interest in developing a better understanding of it (e.g., entrepreneurs, government employees and politicians, etc.).

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This course, held in partnership with the Luxembourg Space Agency and Colorado School of Mines, provides a broad overview of the space resources field, including the current knowledge of available resources in the Solar System, identification, collection, extraction, processing, and utilisation systems under development. The course also presents economic and technical feasibility studies, legal and policy issues, and space exploration architectures and commercial ventures that may be enabled by utilizing extraterrestrial resources in the near future.

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Adults
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Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space - Permanent Observer Status 1998

International Aeronautical Federation 1995

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of program participants who remain employed 12 months after program completion

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Masters of Science in Space Studies (MSS)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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International Space University Organization, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/06/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Christian Sallaberger

CanadaSys

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/3/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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