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.

International Space University apple tree


We, Master of Space Studies 2016 (MSS16) have left our print at the International Space University.

MSS student Martina Russitano Lanza planted a small apple tree on the grounds of ISU which was originally used for her ISU open day activity on the 13th March 2016 an her Individual Project.

The apple tree is now planted close to ISU’s Building to celebrate this year’s MSS promotion and as a symbol of our passage at ISU similar to that of a Russian tradition which requires that astronauts should plant a tree right before leaving for a space mission, in order to avoid any trouble during their flight.

ISU Team Project Presentations

Well done to the ISU team project presentations. You all did a fantastic job in both the presentation and answering questions. Watch the presentations now below…..

Team Lunar Hathor

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Cultural Night

Cultural Night is the night where a selection of students present the countries they come from and cook dishes that are special to their culture that is shared with the rest of the class and any visitors that wish to attend.

The countries presenting and providing delicious food were  Indonesia, Malaysia, Spain, Portugal and Bulgaria.


Each country was presented as a powerpoint presentation where the students gave facts and history of their countries as well as local food and where they are from.

Food made by Spain (Carlos and David)
Food made by Malaysia and Indonesia.


After the tummies were filled the students of ISU enjoyed more bonding activities such as ping pong and Karaoke. Many great songs were sung!!

ISU Open Day

The ISU Open day took place on Sunday 13th March 2016. It was an incredibly successful day with over 1000 visitors many of them youngsters which clearly illustrates the importance of space in STEM education.


Many visitors were impressed by our enthusiasm and by our specific knowledge but also how we were able to communicate about other disciplines (like art, legal, ethics) which is rather unique in the local university environment.

Women in Aerospace

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Professional visit to DLR and IRS


The class of MSS16, eager and enthusiastically participated in a professional visit to DLR and IRS on the 1st of March, 2016.

We started off early in the morning and reached the DLR’s Lampoldshausen site, which is a test facility for rocket propulsion at around 9.30 am.


As we entered the building, a display of various R&D models that included steam generators, combustion chambers and upper stages that belonged to Ariane and Viking series greeted us.

A welcome speech by Dr.Stark giving a glimpse of DLR facilities and its contributions to the space sector followed successively. We were then taken around the site by a DLR representative, who informed us about the current testing facilities and technologies available and the role of DLR in such processes. Some of which are the test stands for flight acceptance of micro propulsion engines, altitude facilities, upper stage testing for the new Vinci engine and cryogenic testing facilities. A video clip that gave a better insight to the testing process and R&D facilities, proving DLR to be a reliable contributor in space sciences followed next.


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