ISU SSP18 Career Management Strategies Program - Aim High and Get There

One of ISU’s goals is to promote its alumni to the best positions at the best companies within the space industry. During SSP18, Neta Vizel launched a new program providing participants with an updated, innovative strategy and tools to effectively manage their career.

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ISU Keeps Strong Links with the Secure World Foundation

After having successfully managed and expanded its activities as President, Dr. Michael Simpson left ISU in 2011. He then took over the leadership as Executive Director of the Secure World Foundation (SWF). This foundation has taken as its objectives the following…

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MSS18 Internships: Ana Cristina, Michelle and Samuel report back from NASA AMES

“From the moment you enter NASA Ames Research Park and face the Space Shuttle model that was once tested here in the world’s biggest wind tunnel, you can’t help but to feel inspired to go work and contribute to the future of space exploration.

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Our Programs

Master of Space Studies

Designed for students looking for the competitive edge that will help them obtain a career in the space sector, professionals interested in making a career move into or within the space sector, and researchers wishing to broaden their knowledge or make the move from academic life into the space industry.

Space Studies Program

Two-month course for postgraduate students and professionals of all disciplines. The curriculum covers the principal space related fields, both non-technical and technical. The shared experience of an international, interactive working environment is an ideal networking forum leading to the creation of an extensive, international, multidisciplinary professional network.

Southern Hemisphere Program

Intensive five week, live-in experience built around an international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary educational philosophy for which ISU is renowned. The program provides a multidisciplinary understanding of the key activities and areas of knowledge required by today’s space professions.

Executive Space Course

Provides an overview of space-related subjects for professionals of diverse backgrounds, including marketing, finance, law & contracts management. Professionals leave with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to communicate more effectively with their technical colleagues.

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Claudia Kessler - SSP93

c kesslerOne of the outstanding success stories of former ISU participants comes from Europe!

As one of the very few female students, at the time, of the aerospace and aeronautics sector Claudia Kessler participated in 1993 in ISU’s Space Studies Program. After graduating from the University of Munich, she held various positions in engineering, marketing and sales within German space companies including Kayser-Threde and Astrium, before accepting the challenge to put the company HE Space big on the Space map of Europe.

Starting from scratch ten years ago, Claudia succeeded in making HE Space Europe the number one personnel recruitment agency among the space expert companies in Europe, providing a workforce of 150 highly specialized and dedicated men and women from 26 nations to carry out programs and projects of leading space institutions DLR, ESA and companies like Astrium, OHB, Kayser-Threde, Spaceopal, IABG and Jena-Optronik. Thanks to her successful business approach, HE Space Founder Scott Millican asked Claudia Kessler in 2008 to become the CEO of HE Space. Of course she said “Yes”.

Headquartered in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, HE Space employs today staff working in Germany, Italy, Spain, France and the UK. In addition, Claudia is also president of the HE Space Holding, Texas, U.S.A.

Apart from her business success, what makes Claudia special is her restless engagement in promoting students and young professionals, especially women. In this respect, Claudia is co-founder of Women in Aerospace Europe (, an organisation that has grown to more than 300 members in only 5 years.

In her role as vice-president of the German Association of Aerospace and Aeronautics (DGLR) she is responsible for the provision of special information and exchange networks to help young people find their professional perspectives and help to make them come true. One out of many tools in this context is Europe´s largest job portal „“ as well as programs to help teachers introducing the fascination of space and aerospace technologies to their pupils and students.

At an international level, Claudia is an active member of the „Committee for the young professional programme” of the International Astronautical Federation ( with special focus on the promotion of female space experts. And, last but not least, she directs the activities of the HE Space Children´s Foundation building schools, hiring teachers and organizing learning materials for children in countries like Brazil, Burundi, Ghana, Nicaragua, Timor and Uganda who would otherwise probably never have an equal chance to develop their skills. The motto of this foundation: „To raise an astronaut“. Claudia Kessler is married and a mother of a 16 year old daughter.


"My life can be clearly divided between before and after ISU. ISU was a breaking point that created a world of possibilities in front of me."

Carmen Felix - MSS10 -

"Attending ISU has been, for me, the ultimate eye-opening experience. Attending the Master of Space Studies allowed me to pursue my personal interests with a limit determined only by my imagination."

Diego Urbina - MSS09 -

"My space flight was the changing point in my whole life. Since my background was mechanical engineering, I did not know much about space, which led me to the International Space University."

Soyeon Yi - SSP09 -

"ISU is broadening the global space community and connecting New Space countries to old and mighty ones."

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