MSS16 Summer Internship: ESTEC


“As part of the Master of Space Studies at the International Space University, I am currently an internee at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), European Space Agency (ESA), in Netherlands.

Here I am working in the Electric Propulsion Section of the Propulsion & Aerothermodynamics Division, under the supervision of Eduard Bosch Borràs, ESA Propulsion Laboratory Infrastructure and Quality Manager, and José González del Amo, Head of the Electric Propulsion Section.

In the Electric Propulsion Section, I am part of the ESA Propulsion Laboratory (EPL) which is an operational facility providing a test service in the field of spacecraft propulsion.
I have, among other things, participated in a verification test of an electric thruster, which we demonstrated in front of the ESA Astronauts, to evaluate the possibilities of the astronauts getting more hands-on experience with electric propulsion.

Apart from my work in the testing facility, I have undertaken an individual study of a possible post-ISS space infrastructure with an emphasis on the mission analysis for all-electric space tugs, e.g. transferring cargo between Earth and the Moon. I have likewise been working in a team to evaluate the future market for electric propulsion and the possible up-and-coming trends.” – Mads Jacob Kalisz Hedegaard


MSS16 NASA Ames Interns: Made In Space

Founded in 2010 with the goal of enabling humanity’s future in space, Made In Space, Inc. has developed additive manufacturing technology for use in the space environment. By manufacturing space assets in space, as opposed to launching them from Earth, the company plans to accelerate and broaden space development while also providing unprecedented access for people on Earth to use in-space capabilities.

ISU students at NASA Ames Research Centre got the opportunity to take a tour in the Made in Space office on site. They have been 3D printing on the ISS since March 2016 and also begun looking into the use of materials such as metals, recycled water bottles and even regolith for in-situ resource utilization.

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It was a great pleasure having the tour of this exciting facility.


NASA Armstrong Visit

During Sema Husseyin’s internship at NASA Ames Research Centre, she had the great opportunity of visiting the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, CA. This Visit was organised by her peers in the the Flight Aeromechanics department and they were shown around the facility by Rebecca Flick, intern coordinator at Armstrong.


The tour included seeing the UAV model shop, first moon landing test vehicle, flying in a Boeing simulation and hearing the sonic booms of the flight testing. Also many visits in the multiple hangers where plans and UAV were being worked on for testing.

MSS16 Summer Internship: ESA

European Astronaut Center, Germany: Orla Punch


“I am currently carrying out a traineeship at the European Space Agency’s European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne for duration of six months.

The area I am working in is called SpaceShip EAC which is ran by Dr. Aidan Cowley, an EAC research fellow. This initiative was started in 2012 by Frank De Winne, Head of the European Astronaut Centre. SpaceShip EAC’s aim is to foster activities relevant to Lunar Exploration and in-situ resource utilization in order to prepare astronauts and technology for future Moon missions, and the team consists of multi-disciplinary backgrounds.

As an architect, the role I have on the team is based on the architecture of ESA’s Moon Village concept. I am working on the architectural design of a future habitat to be used as part of a Lunar analogue facility to be built here at EAC to further expand their simulation capabilities. This new facility will simulate operations on the Lunar surface with a 30 meter diameter dome consisting of Lunar regolith simulant. It will be used in training for Lunar surface exploration, as well as technology and operations development, and human factors development with an overall goal of enabling future human space flight, and a return to the Moon.”

MSS16 Summer Internship: NASA

NASA Ames Research Centre Team: Sema Husseyin, Ruslan Skomorohov, Anushree Soni, Carlos Manuel Entrena Utrilla, Veena Shelvankar, Adam King, Adrian Babis, Joseph Christensen and Kamalanathan Kaspar


Sema Husseyin is having a fantastic time in the Aeromechanics Department with her Mentor William Warmbordt and Project Mentor, Larry Young. She is currently working on a new and innovative design which will be 3D printed and tested in a wind tunnel. She is also Group Leader of 4 other interns from all over America and helping them with their projects. She is also working on created a database on planetary exploration air vehicles.

Ruslan Skomorohov’s ISU internship is as a visiting Research Scholar at NASA Ames International Partnerships Office and is focusing on international partnerships and related topics. This includes performing research on international relations, supporting international partner visits, and writing white papers on relevant subjects affecting international relations, partnerships and space exploration. A core research topic is focused on the potential international partnerships in the context of resource sourcing, supply chain, and processing for in-orbit spacecraft manufacturing. His mentor is Terry Pagaduan who is the International Partnerships Chief.

Anushree Soni is currently working at the Office of the Chief Scientist, Dr. Jacob Cohen at NASA Ames Research Centre. Focus of her work is to create a framework for the development of integrated distributed system technology for aircraft, spacecraft, UAVs, underwater vehicles, and other robotic applications.

Carlos Manuel Entrena Utrilla is mentored by Dan Rasky  and Darlene Mendoza Wiedemann this summer at NASA Ames. He is working at Space Portal on a project of his own, reviewing all the potential cislunar markets, their interconnections, and possible evolution. Continue reading “MSS16 Summer Internship: NASA”

MSS16 Summer Internship: Japan

Japanese Team; William Jones, Martina Russitano Lanza and Jonathan Stimmer at Tohoku University in Sendai.


Martina has joined the Hakuto Team of the Space Robotics Laboratory, managed and operated by Ispace, a startup founded by Takeshi Hakamada and Prof. Kazuya Yoshida. She will design a wireless communication system for swarm Intelligent robots based on LTE technology. This system will represent a testbed for further research and implementation on groups of multiple rovers for lunar exploration. Her supervisor, Nathan Britton (MSS09), is the engineering manager of the Hakuto Team.

William is under the supervision of Prof. Kazuya Yoshida, director and CTO of Ispace, and has joined a team in the Space Robotics Laboratory that have recently begun the development of a legged robotic system to be used for resource utilization in the rocky environment of the polar regions of the Moon, with funding awarded by the JAXA Space Exploration Innovation Hub Centre.  He is currently working on researching insect like robotic designs that utilize small spines on the feet of the limbs to aid in climbing, and will assist in design and testing of the robot further into his internship.

Jonathan is working in the Department of Earth Science at Tohoku University. After applying through Tohoku University, he was awarded a scholarship to do his internship through the COLABS scholarship program. He is the first MSS student from ISU to be interning in the Earth Science department of Tohoku University. He is currently researching the formation of organic molecules during the late heavy bombardment. He constructed a gas line experiment to replicate and test some of these early Earth conditions, and will begin experimenting with the constructed apparatus this week.

MSS16 Summer Internship: Inmarsat, UK

Inmarsat, UK: Paul Iliffe

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Paul Iliffe is undertaking his internship at Inmarsat, which is a provider of global Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) and serves government, aviation, maritime, and enterprise market segments. He is working with the Service Assurance Problem Management team, which is responsible for measuring and improving the user experience for users of Inmarsat’s satellite communications. Within this team his project will focus on the understanding of the customer experience, analyzing data connectivity, and producing reports that will assist in improving the service.