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.


Space Foundation and International Space University Announce Partnership

Space Foundation and International Space University (Image Credit: Space Foundation)

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).


New U.S. Institute of Space Commerce Launches

AUSTIN, Texas, December 16, 2020 (Institute of Space Commerce PR) — This week as the USA notes the 48th anniversary of Apollo 17 and prepares to return to the Moon with NASA’s Artemis Program, the new US the Institute of Space Commerce is being launched with its aim to change the equation for the human race with its goal of bringing one million new minds to the space economy.

Humanity is facing an uncertain future of Climate Change, conflict, pandemics, resource depletion, over population, and growing totalitarianism. Yet it doesn’t have to be this way. As Institute Patron Larry Niven says, “The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn’t have a space program.”


NASA Selects Promising Purdue Space Technologies for Commercial Flight Tests

Steven Collicott, Purdue University professor of aeronautics and astronautics, shown here in zero gravity, will have four projects under grants.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Faculty members in Purdue University’s schools of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Mechanical Engineering are among a list of 28 researchers whose technologies have been selected to receive funding under NASA’s Tech Flights solicitation.

Steven Collicott , professor of aeronautics and astronautics, will receive four separate grants totaling $1.8 million for four different experiments. Issam Mudawar, the Betty Ruth and Milton B. Hollander Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will receive one grant in the amount of $649,851.


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. 


USRA and NASA Scientists Set Another Fire Inside the Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft

This edge view of Saffire’s flame shows it developing over a one-centimeter thick sample of a plexiglass type material found on spacecraft. The blue color is typical of microgravity flames and moves from left to right at 20 cm per second. (Credits: NASA)

COLUMBIA, MD (USRA PR) — NASA has been conducting a series of space fire experiments called Spacecraft Fire Safety (Saffire) Experiments that investigate how fires grow and spread in space, especially aboard future spacecraft bound for Moon and Mars. Recently, another set of experiments were conducted when Saffire IV lit longer and stronger flames inside Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Cargo spacecraft.


The Space Show this Week…

This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston….

1. Monday, July 2, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): MARK HEMPSELL of Reaction Engines returns for discussion and updates.

2. Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): ROBERT ZIMMERMAN returns for space news and events updates.

3. Friday, July 6, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (11:30- 1 PM CDT, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EDT) : I will talk about my Florida trip, my tour of KSC and the ISU Space & Media panel.

4. Sunday, July 8, 2012, 12-1:30 PM (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). We welcome back LES JOHNSON, NASA physicist and Deputy Manager for the Advanced Concepts Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center. He is also an author and we will be discussing his newest book, “Going Interstellar” which addresses new ways of doing interstellar propulsion.

ISU Summer Session to be Held in Brazil in 2013

AEB PR — The International Space University (ISU) has chosen the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) to host the most important and comprehensive training program in the world. The SSP13 (Space Studies Program) will bring the Sao Jose dos Campos (SP), about 120 students from several countries to lessons about engineering and satellite applications, policy, management and space legislation, among other topics.Will be nine weeks of multidisciplinary studies of 17 June to 17 August 2013.


Michael Simpson to Leave ISU for Secure World Foundation

SWF PR — Secure World Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Simpson will join the staff of the Foundation, taking on the position of Senior Program Officer.

Simpson comes to the Secure World Foundation after serving more than seven years as President of the International Space University (ISU), based in Strasbourg, France.

“I am delighted to be joining the Secure World Foundation team,” Simpson said. “The human experience of space will be so much better in an environment of peaceful and sustainable access, and no one is more committed to making this possible than the Foundation.”


Video: Space Pioneer Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom

A profile of my good friend, Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom. Emeline has been at the heart of a number of groundbreaking organizations, including the International Space University, Space Adventures and Singularity University. She is the quiet center who helps keep these organizations from spinning off into random orbits. It’s great to see her get the public credit she deserves.

Read the article.

ASE Europe, ISU to Partner on Education, Outreach


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.


ISU is Going to Florida!

ISU PR — The International Space University (ISU) is proud to announce that Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) located in Melbourne, Florida and NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) located just 45 miles north of the University has been selected to host the 25th Annual Space Studies Program from June 4 to August 3, 2012.

“Few places on Earth symbolize both the history of space flight and the exciting transition to new missions and methods for its future as well as Central Florida. We are thrilled to partner with the Florida Institute of Technology and Kennedy Space Center to help a new generation of space pioneers prepare for the voyage ahead” says Michael Simpson, ISU President.


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.


ISU, SU Complete Sessions at NASA Ames



After nine weeks of intense lessons, robotic and rocket competitions and rubbing elbows with NASA scientists, industry experts and entrepreneurs, students at International Space University (ISU) Space Studies Program (SSP) 2009 and Singularity University (SU) shared their final evening together and participated in their university’s closing ceremonies on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.


Photo Essay: NASA Ames VIP Tour


I took a VIP tour of Ames as part of the International Space University’s alumni weekend. Visited the motion simulator and the wind tunnel, the latter of which is the largest in the world.  The full photo essay after the break.