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Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program participants in 2017 launched a stratospheric satellite that rode a high-altitude balloon to the edge of space before returning to Earth by parachute, bringing back images and data that can be used to improve agriculture and food security. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program participants in 2017 launched a stratospheric satellite that rode a high-altitude balloon to the edge of space before returning to Earth by parachute, bringing back images and data that can be used to improve agriculture and food security.

UniSA’s collaboration with the International Space University has been further strengthened with five graduates from this year’s Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program recently completing a research project that has earned them the new Graduate Certificate in Space Studies.

The 2016 projects involved proposing innovative solutions to problems in the fields of space medical science, space law, space biology, advanced propulsion and advanced remote sensing.

The students - from Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney are the fifth group to complete the Graduate Certificate. The program is accessible to all students who take part in the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program – an annual program held at UniSA’s Mawson Lakes campus for five weeks in January to February.

It is also available to graduates of Space Studies Programs from the International Space University (ISU) who collaborate with UniSA in the delivery of the program.

UniSA course director in 2016 and International Space University (ISU) Faculty member, Associate Professor David Bruce, says the Graduate Certificate is another great outcome from this unique international partnership.

“Participation in the Graduate Certificate enables participants to explore in detail space topics or problems of deep interest stimulated by their ISU studies,” Assoc Prof Bruce says.

“They can also use the Graduate Certificate as an entrée to Masters programs such as the ISU Master of Space Studies and further research studies at Master’s or PhD levels. In 2016 one of the graduates has gone on to PhD research in Japan working with JAXA (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency).

“In 2016 our group of students submitted a very high standard of research.”

The next Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program session is scheduled next year for January 9 to February 10. The residential component of the Graduate Certificate course in Adelaide will run from February 13-15, 2017. Registrations of interest from SSP alumni are now being accepted.

Meanwhile, a new Australian space company, SAS Global Australia, has announced a new scholarship for the 2017 Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program.

Maya Glickman-ParienteSAS’s Chief Operating Officer, Maya Glickman-Pariente (pictured right) says that a similar scholarship for the program had helped build her career in the space industry.

“When I was accepted for the Southern Hemisphere Program in 2004, I had the privilege and honour to receive a scholarship, so I know how much this helps young space enthusiasts touch their dreams,” Glickman-Pariente says.

“Sky and Space Australia wants to promote space education in every possible way.”

The scholarship, worth almost $13,000, covers all tuition, accommodation and meals for the entire program.

For further information about the program and scholarship please contact kasmira.gregory@mcpartners.com.au or by phone on 0415 050 526.

 

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