International Space University LogoThe Commercial Space Operations program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and International Space University (ISU) recently executed a new memorandum of understanding 

Embry-Riddle and International Space University Reinforce Cooperation

Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 09:00 AM

International Space University LogoThe Commercial Space Operations program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and International Space University (ISU) recently executed a new memorandum of understanding, solidifying a relationship in place since 2003 that provides new opportunities for both institutions and their students.

Embry-Riddle’s pioneering program, offering the only interdisciplinary commercial space operations undergraduate degree program in the world, is designed to meet the needs of the burgeoning commercial space industry. The world-renowned International Space University is a private nonprofit institution specializing in providing graduate-level training to the future leaders of the emerging global space community at its central campus in Strasbourg, France, and at locations around the world.

Embry-Riddle and ISU have common interests in promoting space activities and strengthening the space sector’s workforce through interdisciplinary research, career development, education and outreach. The two organizations will jointly pursue the highest quality standards in education and research related to the exploration, development and use of space.

Embry-Riddle’s Commercial Space Operations program and ISU hope to exchange and distribute information between both programs on events and activities of joint interest, exchange guest speakers and cooperate in the organization of outreach and awareness programs, joint workshops and conferences.

“Embry-Riddle is both pleased and excited about the growing relationship between our ground-breaking Commercial Space Operations academic program and the well-known and highly respected International Space University,” said Dr. Richard Heist, Chief Academic Officer at the Daytona Beach Campus of Embry-Riddle. “Our objective, through this partnership, is to support the growing space community and to provide students with opportunities to network, engage and participate in global space-related initiatives.  We look forward to our joint leadership role in educating students to support the growing global space industry.”

 “We look forward to working with Embry-Riddle to explore synergies between their new Commercial Space Operations program and our Master program as well as to developing other modes of collaboration,” said Dr. Angie Bukley, Dean and Vice-President for Academics and Research at ISU.  “Building on the existing good relationship with Embry-Riddle, we are excited about strengthening our partnership and future possibilities.”

MEDIA CONTACT FOR EMBRY-RIDDLE: James Roddey, Communications and Media Relations Manager, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.; (386) 226-6198;

MEDIA CONTACT FOR ISU: Géraldine Moser, External Relations, International Space University, Strasbourg, France; +33 (0)3 88 65 54 49;

About The International Space University

The International Space University, founded in 1987 in Massachusetts, USA, and now headquartered in Strasbourg, France, is the world’s premier international space education institution. It is supported by major space agencies and aerospace organizations from around the world. The graduate-level programs offered by ISU are dedicated to promoting international, interdisciplinary and intercultural cooperation in space activities. ISU offers the Master of Space Studies program at its Central Campus in Strasbourg. Since the summer of 1988, ISU has conducted the highly acclaimed nine-week Space Studies Program at different host institutions in locations spanning the globe. ISU programs are delivered by the over 150 ISU global faculty members in concert with invited industry and agency experts from institutions around the world. Since its founding, more than 3,700 students from over 100 countries have completed ISU programs.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 80 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and, and find expert videos at

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