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Tracks to Space

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Your Gateway to Space

The Tracks to Space course is an intensive and interdisciplinary learning path in all space subjects.

The International Space University offers a unique curriculum designed specifically for students and professionals starting or changing direction in their space careers.

Since 1988, ISU exposes participants in its courses and programs to new perspectives on global space activities.





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Course Syllabus

The course curriculum follows the International Space University Master Degree. Master Degree.

With a multidisciplinary approach, the course transfers know-how and knowledge on all space disciplines.


What is ISU?

Evolution of the space sector

The 3I’s

Course overview (learning outcomes)

Where does Space start?

What is the Solar System?

How old is the Solar System?

How did it form?

Meteorites and the early Solar System

Key points to remember


Space systems engineering

How to get to space – orbital mechanics

Space mission eesign

Space environment interaction engineering and design for reliability

Key points to remember


Stellar and planet formation

The high end of the power spectrum

The content of the Universe and what we know we don´t know

Why do we go to space to look at outer space?

Key points to remember


What is remote sensing?

A historical overview

Physical basics and fundamentals

Types of sensors

The concept of resolution

Key points to remember


GNSS general elements

GNSS system description

Performance characteristics – augmentation systems

Implementation of GNSS services

Evolution of the GNSS

Key points to remember


Rationales for doing space

Government and space

What is space policy?

Public actor

Key points to remember


Is there business in Space?

Evolution of the Space Economy

What is NewSpace

Why are space projects expensive?

How to become a space entrepreneur?

Key points to remember


Why study the human dimension?

Historical perspectives on space exploration

Space ethics

Diversity and inclusion

Popular culture and collective imaginations

Key points to remember


Why crewed missions?

Space is hard on us

Mission medical care

Preventing performance decrements during missions

New risks from new mission designs

Optimizing crew performance in  space

Key points to remember


Course wrap-up

Want to learn more about space?

An overview of ISU programs

The impact of ISU

See you next time!


The space sector

The Space Economy

How to measure the Space Economy

Public engagement in space

Private engagement in space

Key points to remember


The changing private context

What is a space company?

What is New Space?

Is New Space changing?

Key points to remember


ISU Official Certificate

At the end of the course, you will receive your certificate of completion. Add it to your CV and share it on social media!
With the certificate you will also have access to various benefits to accelerate your career in the space industry.



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Tracks to Space Course

Entirely OnDemand, the Track to Space course is designed to facilitate your entry into the space industry.

ISU‘s top experts will guide you through a multidisciplinary curriculum, to transfer you the know-how required for your future career as a space professional or entrepreneur.

Each chapter includes a test to measure your new skills.

Together with the award of the certificate, you will have access to very important and concrete benefits that will open a shortcut into the industry.



Once you have completed the course, you will be able to book a videocall with an International Space University expert.

During the call, you will discuss your background and goals to identify the best path for you to enter the space industry through ISU’s network, programs and Master’s degrees, and internships, at preferential conditions, available only to School of Disruption members.

Completion of the Tracks to Space course offers the opportunity to enroll in the International Space University’s Masters, Workshops and in-presence space studies programs at discounted fees and favorable conditions.

Completing the Tracks to Space course gives you access to the School of Disruption and International Space University’s internal network of experts and companies. A unique opportunity to build relationships with players in the space industry.

Gain an in-depth understanding of the various facets of the space sector, including space engineering, applications, exploration, and the science of the space environment. This outcome ensures a robust foundation for professionals seeking to excel in diverse space-related roles.

Develop a keen insight into space policies, laws, and regulations. This learning outcome is designed to equip students with the knowledge to navigate the legal and ethical considerations of space activities, preparing them for leadership roles that require regulatory compliance and strategic planning.

Acquire critical entrepreneurial skills and project management techniques specific to the space industry. This outcome focuses on preparing students to initiate and manage space startups, emphasizing innovation, funding strategies, and effective project leadership.

The Tracks to Space is an officially certified course by the International Space University and the School of Disruption, internationally recognised organisations.

The digital certificate can be shared on your LinkedIn profile experience and associated with the International Space University and the School of Disruption.

About the instructors

Su-Yin Tan

Remote Sensing Expert @ISU

Professor Su-Yin Tan is Dean and VP of Academics and Research at ISU, specializing in Earth Observation and Sustainable Development. She’s also an Associate Professor and Director at the University of Waterloo, Canada, with expertise in remote sensing, satellite navigation, GIS, and spatial data analysis. With a diverse background from Papua New Guinea and Canada, she has held significant academic positions, contributing extensively to earth sciences and space studies. ​

Virginia Wotring

Human Performance in Space @NASA

Virginia Wotring, PhD, is an esteemed researcher in space physiology and pharmacology, recognized globally. Her work covers medication stability, pharmacokinetics, and personalized medicine using omics techniques. Starting her space research at NASA-contracted positions in Houston, Texas, she later became founding Deputy Director and Chief Scientist at the NASA-funded Translational Research Institute for Space Health. Preferring research over management, she now is a Professor of Human Performance in Space at the International Space University, Strasbourg, France.

Taiwo Tejumola

Professor of Space System Engineering @ISU

Professor Tejumola, born in Lagos, Nigeria, trained in Electrical/Electronics Engineering at Ahmadu Bello University. He earned his Masters and PhD in space systems engineering from Kyutech, Japan, focusing on small satellites for capacity development, integrated space application, plasma science, and policy for developing countries. He was a key engineer in two satellite projects, including a constellation of CubeSats launched in 2017. His work also emphasizes diversity and inclusion in engineering education.

Bertrand Goldam

Research Activities Coordinator @ISU

Bertrand Goldman is an astrophysicist studying the coolest objects in the Solar vicinity. The very low-mass stars and yet cooler objects named brown dwarfs host a complex chemistry in their atmospheres, not unlike those of exoplanets. Their faintness requires Dr. Goldman to use the deepest ground- or space-based sky surveys, and data science to analyze large data sets. He worked at the French Atomic Energy Commission, the European Southern Observatory in Chile, New Mexico State University and NASA Ames in the USA, and the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy in Germany before moving to ISU.

Danijela Ignatovic

Professor of Satellite Navigation @ISU

Danijela Ignjatović, geodetic engineer and Ph.D researcher in the field of space applied technologies needed for lunar settlement missions. She worked at Republic Geodetic Authority of Serbia (from 2000-2003) maintaining the cadastre land management. From 2005-2012 she was employed as an engineer surveyor at VINCI and Colas, France. Familiar with International Space University (ISU) since 2012 where currently is working as a lecturer and research associate. Her expertise covers two fields: development of terrestrial and lunar navigation systems and utilization of lunar in-situ soil resources with additive manufacturing technologies.

Nicolas Peter

President and Professor of Practice in Space Policy and International Affairs @ISU

Nicolas Peter, ISU president and Professor of Practice in Space Policy and International Affairs, leads the Space Policy and Entrepreneurship lab. With 20+ years of international space policy experience across 4 continents and 8 countries, he has published over 120 works and co-edited three books on space affairs. He serves on the Editorial Board of the New Space Journal and reviews for Space Policy and Acta Astronautica journals.

Hugh Hill

Professor of Astrobiology @ISU

Hugh is an Astrophysicist and Professor of Space Science at ISU’s Strasbourg Central Campus. Always interested in astronomy, he spent eight years working at Armagh Planetarium in N. Ireland before completing graduate studies in Dublin, Cambridge and Paris. Following four years working for the Space Program at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Hugh joined ISU in 2002 where he teaches diverse subjects and undertakes research in Astrobiology, Astrochemistry and all things Space-related.

Walter Peeters

Professor in Space Business and Management @ISU

Professor Peeters joined ISU after a career in ESA, mainly dealing with project management and human spaceflight astronaut activities. After his nomination as Dean of ISU he was elected as President of ISU and is presently President emeritus. He introduced several entrepreneurship oriented activities and workshops and created a space incubator in ISU. His present publications focus mainly on the NewSpace economy.

Jana Fey

Researcher @ISU

Jana Fey is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in international relations. In 2023, she joined the International Space University in Strasbourg as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Space Policy. Her research interests concern the intersection of politics and science and the transfer of knowledge about outer space. Jana previously taught at the University of Manchester and the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, and she holds the Higher Education Teaching Fellowship of Advance HE, also from the UK.

Success Stories

Mirella Gil Natividad

Thanks to her commitment and study, Mirella attended courses at the School of Disruption. By participating in our space workshop in Strasbourg, she gained access to ISU’s Master Degree. Today, Mirella is a Consultant to Support Luna Project at ESA.

Ismail El Omari

Motivated by his incredible passion, Ismail is a student at the School of Disruption who has been able to exploit our network and know-how. After participating in our in-person workshop, he successfully founded the Moroccan Association for Space Studies.

What people say about School of Disruption courses

Space Architecture for the Non Architect!

Rated 4 out of 5
June 26, 2024

I really enjoyed this course. I don’t have an architecture background, but I have a technology background in the space community. I wanted to see if I could glean information from certain concepts presented herein to gain a better understanding of the entire space ecosystem. This course provided just the right amount of information to expand my knowledge and help point me in a direction that pushed me outside of my functional role. I feel more capable in having a discussion with experts in this field as I learn more about the intricacies of what it takes to thrive in space!

Jerry Davis MSc

The unimaginable opportunity

Rated 5 out of 5
June 26, 2024

The course is a powerhouse that has ignited my desire to disrupt my business environment with the idea that I have to bring it to reality, be exceptional, and claim my niche in the market.

Lucy Muthoni

Perfect course

Rated 5 out of 5
June 26, 2024

Perfect course

Wajdi Saidani

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Who are the instructors?

The course instructors are internationally recognised space industry experts and professors from the International Space University. Each presenter has extensive experience in their field, often gained from working with space agencies.

Why should I take this course?

Taking this course offers unparalleled access to comprehensive knowledge across all key disciplines of the space sector, from engineering to policy, ensuring a well-rounded foundation. It connects students with leading experts and industry professionals, facilitating networking opportunities that can open doors to future career paths. The focus on entrepreneurship and management prepares students to not only contribute to existing organizations but also to lead and innovate in New Space ventures.

Does the course issue a certificate?

Of course, once you have finished the course, you can download the International Space University Certification, recognized by the School of Disruption. The certificate can be attached to your CV or registered on LinkedIn.

Any other questions?

Feel free to write to support@disruption.school to request any information about this course.

Educating the future of Space

For Humanity, For The Planet, For Sustainability

Since 1987International Space University (ISU) provides high-quality training and education for the next generation of space professionals, industry and agency leaders, and entrepreneurial visionaries.

Our alumni network includes over 5,600 individuals working in diverse capacities to shape the space ecosystem in over 110 countries. We promote international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary cooperation to ensure the peaceful use of outer space — For the benefit of humanity and for a sustainable future on this planet and beyond.

Tracks to Space

Entirely OnDemand, the Tracks to Space course is designed to facilitate your entry into the space industry.

ISU‘s top experts will guide you through a multidisciplinary curriculum, to transfer you the know-how required for your future career as a space professional or entrepreneur.

Each chapter includes a test to measure your new skills.

Together with the award of the certificate, you will have access to very important and concrete benefits that will open a shortcut into the industry.

Quantum Computing Basics

With Francesco Sisini

Learn the technical and business implications of the new frontier of computing and how you can apply them to enhance your professional future.

The dawn of quantum supremacy

A bit of history

Quantum mechanics Vs Traditional physics

Super computer Vs Quantum computer

Examples of quantum computers

Which types of applications may benefit from quantum computing?

From bits to qubits

The superposition principle

Understanding the Qbit – The Bloch Sfere

Understanding the entanglement

The entanglement in a nutshell

What is a quantum gate?

The not as a quantum gate

Pauli Matrix

The H gate

The CNOT gate

Quantum Gates in a nutshell

Photonic quantum computer

Ion trap quantum computer

Artificial Atom Quantum Computer

Non-cloning theorem

Dense coding


The Deutsh problem

Create and test your first quantum code

The brain as quantum computer

Quantum machine learning and quantum AI

Quantum supremacy

Prospects for quantum computing

First steps in the market

Impact on industries

Metaverse Real Estate

With Danielle GarofaloUmberto Ceccarelli,  Roberto Garavaglia, Patrick Gudev, Francesco Vincenti, Igor Ciminelli, and Meta Karen

The race to the Metaverse has begun.
Few yet know the real estate opportunities of this new digital world.

In this course you will discover everything you need to know to take your career and your business from the traditional

  Metaverse and Construction Industry

  Understanding the Metaverse

  VR-AR-XR: a brief introduction

  Metaverse in Popular Culture

The different shapes of the Metaverse

Web 3.0

What is Metaverse Real Estate?

Implications of Digital Real Estate

Why buy a Metaverse Property

How to buy Metaverse Land Properties

EXTRA: do you remember Second Life?

Becoming (The role of architecture)

Parcel scouting

Architecture & Design (Designing in the Metaverse)

How to buy Metaverse Land Properties

In game coding


Metaverse networking

Metaverse expansion

Extra services (web dev, store design and asset development)


Metaverse 3.0: Blockchain technology and ownership

NFT Worlds – Worlds SDK & Creator Economy – Cubes Utility Token

Use Cases & Examples

How to build. Building Strategies

Teslasuit Haptics

Jobs and Opportunities in the Metaverse

School in the Metaverse

A.I. in the Metaverse – Patrik Gudev

Automotive & Mobility: The Case of partnership with Mole

Blockchain e distributed ledger technologies

Token, smart contract, decentralized timestamp


Blockchain and metaverse

Decentralized digital identity in the metaverse

NFT in the metaverse

Jobs and opportunities in the Metaverse

School in Metaverse

Space Biotechnology

With Armando Azua-Bustos

Space exploration is the new frontier for human beings, which is generating countless business and job opportunities.

Biotechnology is the solution needed to meet all of the needs of long-term space missions, address the challenges of life in space and on other planets, and ultimately turn science fiction into science fact.

  The genetic material

  Recombinant DNA technologies

  History of biotechnology

  Successful cases of microbial, plant and animal biotechnology

The beginnings of rocket science

The first visionaries

The beginnings of the space age

Going to the Moon

The Space shuttle

The International Space Station

The exploration of the Solar System

The future of space exploration

Leaving Earth

The lack of gravity

Space radiations

Atmosphere, water and nutrients

The technical lack of sunlight

Microbiology on space

Space medicine

Plant biotechnology in space

Space applications

The future of biotechnology in space

Challenges to be overcome on the Moon

The future of biotechnology on the Moon

Challenges to be overcome on Mars

The future of biotechnology on Mars

Challenges to be overcome in deep space exploration

Challenges and opportunities for biotechnology beyond Earth

Research opportunities, contacts and funding sources

Brief summary and final considerations

Computational Design

With Onur Yüce Gün

Unleash your design potential. Parametric architecture allows you to create infinite and impossible design solutions using computers and artificial intelligence.​

 Why Computational Design?

 Learning Outcomes

 Building Timeless Skills in Computational Design

 What is Computational Design & what it is not?

Analytical description of Computational Design

 Perceptual description of Computational Design

 A Holistic description of Computational Design

 Who am I? – My journey

 Emergence of Computational Design

 Review of design and visualization tools

 Why important: Parametric, generative, and algorithmic systems

 Hand sketching vs Algorithmic sketching

 ML and AI in design

 Applications: Academia, Architecture, Product Design, Data Visualization, Animations

 What is missing?

 The Digital (Binary) Computer: History of Computing

 Analytical (scientific) view of the world; Parts and Wholes

 Vision and Ambiguity (Human vs Machine Intelligence)

 Visual Computation: Shape Grammars

 Geometry – Triangles

 Geometry – Platonic Solids

 Geometry – Freeform modeling

 Algorithmic Thinking

 Procedural Thinking



 Parametric Design Foundations

 Parametric Design Hands-On

 Data as a design driver (D2D paper)

 Predictive Modeling

 Implicit Modeling

 CNC – Synthetic Natures

 3D Printing and DfAM Design for Additive Manufacturing

 Prototyping vs Industrial scale applications

 Applications in practice

 Researching in academia

 Creating Measurable Impact (Trends vs Meanings)

 Future of Computational Design

 Machine Learning Applications

 Designer’s shifting role

Formal Degrees


Talking it to the field

Can quality be computed?

3D Building of Buildings

With Alessandro Tassinari

Today, 3D printing is one of the fastest growing construction technologies, which opens new and exciting career opportunities for those determined to shape a better tomorrow

Your journey starts here

What is Construction 3D Printing?

Construction 3D Printing vs. Traditional Building Construction

History of 3D Printing in costruction industry

The Lack of technology adoption in Construction Industry

Manufacturing Evolution

Inside the Technology

Kenyas first 3D printed housen

FIBONACCI 3D printed house in Canada

3D Printing applied to construction

Digital Fabrication through Robotic Arm

Components of a concrete 3D printing system

Building strategies


Gantry 3D Printers

Delta 3D Printers

Robotic Arm 3D Printers

Crawler Boom 3D Printers

Polar 3D Printers

Powder 3D Printers




Clay 3D printing


Fiber reinforced materials and polymers

Building with in situ materials

Economic implication

Marketing Opportunities

A new way to design for architects, designers and engineers

Technological evolution

Turning threats into opportunities

Building in Space

How to start the business

Disruptive Innovation Strategy

With Igor Ciminelli

Learn the business strategy of the world’s greatest innovators. Identify new growth domains, create your own innovative product, and disrupt your market.

  Welcome & Agenda

The theory in short

Disruption’s 3 key-points

Assess the market potential

The Law of Diffusion of Innovation

Start with Why Ted X

Innovation design process

Ideas and adoption

The Disruptive Innovation Theory

Industries Transformation

Building Blocks

The Innovator’s Dilemma

The Kodak case in short

Key points

How to be a disruptor – Harvard Business School Tribute

What is your market?

Not from you and not even from your competitors

It’s a matter of criteria


Overshot customers

The evolution of performance criteria

How to conquer the market by worsening your products: the low-end disruption

Determine your growth domain

Jobs to-be-done strategy

Rating the jobs

Characteristics of innovation

How good managers condemn companies: the silent collapse

Principles of disruptive development

3-step strategy

7 successful business models examples

Advices and tools

The disrupt-o-meter

The competition

References and must-read

Space Architecture & Design

With Barbara Imhof & René Waclavicek

Life in space is getting closer every day. This course will give you the skills you need to become a designer of space environments, both for spaceships and homes.

  Your journey starts here 

What is Space Architecture?

The Multidisciplinary Approach of Space Architecture

Past and Present of Space Architecture

Design Framework

Habitability Aspects

ISS Life Support Systems

Habitability Special Requirements

Architectural Aspects and Workflow

Architectural Functions of Life in Space

How everything comes together

ISS Introduction

Modular System Paradigms

ISS Modular Structure

ISS Crew System

Luna Gateway

Gateway Configuration Concept

Settlements, Strategies and Objectives

The journey into Space

Planetary Outpost Elements Configuration

Common Archetype for Habitats on Planetary Surfaces



Getting There

Lunar Environment and Resources

Lunar Settlements and in-situ Materials

Building Strategies

Building with in-situ Materials

Getting There

Martian Environment and Resources

Settlements and in-situ Materials

Building Strategies

Closed-Loop Life Support Systems

Why we need to simulate missions?


Habitation Simulations

Fidelity of Simulators and Simulations

Design and Habitability

Similarities of Space and Terrestrial Extremes

Recycling, Resilience, and Closed-Loop Systems

Examples of Spin-offs from Space to Earth

City as a Spaceship

Becoming a Space Architect

Space Architecture Pioneers and their Design NEW

Biotechnology for Space Habitats NEW

From the first flights to the settlements on Mars – Materials & Technologies NEW

Space Mining NEW

Making Staff in Space NEW

Analogue Testing in Antartica NEW

Human Performances in Space NEW

Space design for terrestrial living spaces NEW