Leanspace Raises a €6m Seed Round to Digitalize the Space Industry via the Cloud

Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France (Leanspace PR) — Leanspace, the company building the digital infrastructure of the space industry, is today announcing a major milestone in its development with the closing of an oversubscribed Seed financing round of €6m ($6.4m). The funding will be used to scale up Leanspace’s cloud services platform, and was led by Karista and 42CAP, with complementary non-dilutive financing from Bpifrance. The new investors join leading space organizations already backing Leanspace, like Seraphim Space, the International Space University and strategic business angels.

The commercialization of the space industry and the ‘NewSpace’ paradigm have complexified, rather than simplified, the management of space missions. On top of the legacy requirements we’ve seen for decades: reliability, trust and bespoke developments, space programmes of today come with new needs: a drastic increase in agility and reduction of costs.

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Space Foundation and International Space University Announce Partnership

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Space Foundation PR) — Space Foundation, a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983, today announced its partnership with the International Space University (ISU), a private non-profit institution, formally recognized as an institute of higher education in France by the French Ministry of Education. The partnership was revealed at a Memorandum of Understanding signing at the 37th Space Symposium at The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO (USA).

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OrbAstro Taking Students and Start-ups to Space in New Competitions

OXFORDSHIRE, UK (OrbAstro PR) — OrbAstro has today revealed two new space competitions for students and start-ups to get spacecraft payloads to orbit, Orbital Student and Orbital Start-Up. The company has dedicated some capacity onboard their satellite launching in December 2021 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 to the competition.

Students and start-ups will mature designs for their novel spacecraft payloads, assessed by an independent panel of space industry experts. A short-list of teams will have their payloads put through environmental testing, to ensure they can survive the violence of rocket launch and the space environment. The best teams left standing, two student teams and one start-up, will have their payloads integrated to the OrbAstro satellite and launched. Once in orbit, teams will have the opportunity to carry out satellite and payload operations. 

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Dragon Delivers Some ICE to Space Station

ICE Cubes experiment unit (Credit: ICE Cubes/ISU)

PARIS (ESA PR) — The newly installed International Commercial Experiments service – ICE Cubes for short – facility providing commercial access to microgravity will soon receive the first experiment cubes after today’s successful SpaceX Dragon resupply launch.

The 15th resupply mission lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 5:42 ET (11:42 CEST) with standard cargo for the International Space Station as well as the first 10 x 10 x 10 cm experiment cubes.

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Successful First International Moon Village Workshop at ISU

Credit: Douglas Messier

STRASBOURG, France (ISU PR) — This week, more than 150 experts, engineers, educators and students from around the world gathered in Strasbourg, France to participate in the first International Moon Village Workshop. The Workshop was jointly organized by the recently-formed Moon Village Association (MVA) and the International Space University (ISU), and was held at the permanent campus of the ISU.

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Buzz Aldrin Cancels ISU Visit on Medical Advice

Buzz Aldrin salutes during the singing of the National Anthem at the Spaceport America runway dedication.

Buzz Aldrin has withdrawn from the opening ceremony of the International Space University’s 30th Summer Session Program in Ireland on medical advice, according to a media report.

Aldrin, who serves as ISU chancellor, was to have addressed student and faculty in Cork on June 26. He was also scheduled to give the Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Lecture the following day.

Good wishes to Buzz as he makes his recovery.











Future Imperfect: The Ansari XPrize, SpaceShipOne & Private Spaceflight

how_make_spaceship_coverHow to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, An Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight
by Julian Guthrie
Penguin Press, 2016
Hardcover, 448 pages
ISBN 978-1-59420-672-6
US $28/Canada $37

Reviewed by Douglas Messier

On Sept. 8, I arrived home at about half past noon to find a package sitting on my doorstep. It was a review copy of a new book by Julian Guthrie about the Ansari XPrize and SpaceShipOne titled, How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, An Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight.

I laughed. The timing was perfect. Ken Brown and I had just spent five hours in the desert — most of them in the rising heat of a late summer day — waiting for WhiteKnightTwo to take off carrying SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity on its first captive carry test flight.

It was the first flight in nearly two years of a SpaceShipTwo vehicle since Unity’s sister ship, VSS Enterprise, had broken up during a Halloween test flight, killing co-pilot Mike Alsbury. Ken and I had been there on that day, too.

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ISU Seeks U.S. Partner to Establish Space Entrepreneurship Institute

ISU_logoBOSTON (ISU PR) — The International Space University (ISU) is seeking applications from American institutions to establish the Robert A. Heinlein Institute for Space Entrepreneurship & Space Innovation on a campus in the United States.

Once established, the Institute will offer a range of training, conferences, seminars, short courses, public events and research related to entrepreneurship and innovation in space commerce. From its central campus in Strasbourg, France, the ISU graduates over 200 students a year in its masters of space science and other space studies programs held on the main campus and at locations around the world.

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Pete Worden to Retire From NASA

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Pete Worden

NASA Ames Center Director Pete Worden has announced he is leaving the space agency at the end of March to pursue opportunities in the private sector. He was appointed Ames center director in May 2006 after retiring from a 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force.

Worden has been seen as a maverick within a relatively conservative space agency, pursuing innovative initiatives such as phonesats and synthetic biology while forging close ties with Silicon Valley companies such as Google. NASA Ames hosted an International Space University summer session; its research park is home to the Singularity University and Made in Space.
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ArduSat and ISU Sign an Agreement on Joint Cooperation

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STRASBOURG, France (ISU PR) — ArduSat is a nonprofit corporation, established in 2012 by Peter Platzer, Jeroen Cappaert and Joel Spark, all of them alumni of the International Space University. The concept behind the corporation is simple but also very novel, namely to provide cheap and global access to space in an uncomplicated way (see also www.nanosatisfi.com for further info).

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Brazil Chases ISU Back to France

ISU The International Space University has decided to shift its summer session from Brazil to its main campus in Strasbourg, France, due to a sudden and unexpected increase in hotel costs.

The university was to have held the event at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) campus in São José dos Campos, Brazil, beginning on June 17.  (More like a winter session, actually, if I understand the Earth’s rotation around the sun.)

The hotel that had been booked for participants decided to raise its rate significantly, according to a message sent out by ISU. There isn’t sufficient time to raise the money needed to hold the session there, officials said.

It’s a shame because of the ISU SSP is a great program, and it would have brought much to Brazil’s emerging space program. But, they can always host in the future.











This Week on The Space Show


The Space Show
schedule for this week…

1. Monday, June 25, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): There will be no show today as I am flying to Melbourne, Fl for the ISU Space & Media Panel on Tuesday evening, June 26, 2012.

2. Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): No show today as I am moderating the ISU Space & Media Panel on campus of FIT, Melbourne, Florida.

3. Friday, June 29, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (11:30- 1 PM CDT, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EDT) : There will be no show today as I am returning from my visit to the Florida Space Coast.

4. Sunday, July 1, 2012, 12-1:30 PM (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). This will be a special OPEN LINES program. I will update listeners on my visit to the Florida Space Coast between Melbourne and Cocoa Beach, the ISU Space & Media Panel, the ISU Summer Session, plus we will take your calls and emails on topics of your choice. First time callers are welcome.











ASE Europe, ISU to Partner on Education, Outreach

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ISU PR — An historic partnership agreement has been signed by the European Section of the Association of Space Explorers representing Europe’s astronauts and the International Space University. The agreement was signed on February, 14th 2011, at the United Nations center in Vienna, Austria, by the president of ASE Europe, Cosmonaut Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, and ISU president, Dr. Michael Simpson.

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ISU EMBA Program Accepting Applications for 2011-12 Program

The Wall Street Journal’s Beth Gardiner takes a look at the International Space University’s Executive MBA program:

The classrooms are filled with physicists and engineers, lectures come from former astronauts and field trips include a visit to NASA headquarters in Washington.

The International Space University’s new executive M.B.A. is unusual in the world of business education, but organizers hope it will give a big boost to scientists forced to grapple with matters of money and management as the space sector grows increasingly commercialized.

The first class of 12 students, mostly technical experts in their 40s who have been promoted into management roles, collected their degrees on Nov. 19 at the private space university, based in Strasbourg, France. As their careers have advanced, many have had to acquire business skills on the fly to deal with realms not covered by their extensive scientific training, areas like contracting, accounting, corporate mergers and private equity investment.

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South Korean Astronaut Soyeon Yi Attends ISU

South Korea’s first astronaut Soyeon Yi gets lesson from Kingston University lecturer
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Korea’s first and only astronaut had a lesson about space from Kingston University lecturer Chris Welch recently, after being stumped by questions from intrigued audiences following her return from the International Space Station.

Mechanical engineer and biotechnologist Soyeon Yi carried out scientific experiments for the South Korean government during her mission, but found some technical questions about space difficult to answer back on Earth.

The 31-year-old signed up to a group project run by Dr Welch at the Nasa Ames research centre, California, in order to improve her knowledge, and said the summer programme had made a huge difference.

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