This week marked the start of the highly regarded, five-week Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SH-SSP).  

The intensive, live-in international space program, hosted jointly by the University of South Australia and the International Space University, will educate future space workers in key knowledge areas, including satellite applications, space policy and services.

This year marks the program’s seventh year, which will be held at UniSA’s Mawson Lakes campus from 15 January to 16 February 2018.      

Among the nearly 50 students from around the globe taking part in the SH-SSP will be seven from South Australia, including five who received scholarships, totalling $50,000, from the South Australian Government.

The program includes public lectures and panel discussions at which the public can meet an astronaut and learn about human space flight, space industry activities in South Australia, space ethics and cosmology. A spectacular stratospheric balloon experiment will be held at McLaren Vale’s Serafino Wines on Sunday 28 January.  

Students will undertake major research projects on using satellites for disaster management and on the role of space agencies, with help from around 40 Australian and international experts and visiting lecturers. For more information visit: