Just a quick post to let you know that I’ve gained a place on the International Space University summer programme this year, and will thus be spending nine weeks on the space coast in Florida learning everything from orbital mechanics to space policy. The summer programme counts as the first module for the ISU Space Studies MSc which would be based in Strasbourg. I’ve also gained a place on that, but whilst I’ll put space ahead of most things, my Granny is almost 90 and I’m not sure I want to leave her for the rest of the year.
Excitingly it’s not only the 25th anniversary of the university, but also the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral. We will be spending our time between the Florida Institute of Technology and KSC, so I think that there should be some nice anniversary celebrations.
Getting to space university is not cheap, so it is with eternal gratefulness that I thank the UK Space Agency for the scholarship that they have offered me which will enable me to complete the summer programme. I must also extend heartfelt thanks to the European Space Agency for offering me a grant for the Masters course. I’d still need to find a few thousand Euro to enable me to take up my place on that, but it would be unthinkable without their generous support.
I’m super excited about meeting other people with a passion for space who will be coming from all around the world. I’m just itching to learn from their experiences and see what extra connections I can make at ISU. It’s going to be great!