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Space Foundation and International Space University Announce Partnership

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — April 7, 2022 — 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).

The new partnership will allow both organizations to coordinate space and space awareness education programs focused on expanding the diversity and entrepreneurial engagement of the global space ecosystem.

Commenting at the MOU signing at the 37th Space Symposium, Space Foundation Tom Zelibor CEO shared, “With the establishment of our Center for Innovation and Education and our recently created Space Commerce Institute, working with ISU allows to open more doors and opportunities to bring more people into the most dynamic and innovative economy in the world. Pairing ISU’s history of preparing today and tomorrow’s space leaders and Space Foundation’s information, education and collaboration expertise further build access and opportunity for anyone looking to find their place with space.”

“As an international space elite school, ISU’s goal is to provide an interdisciplinary space education that prepares the future workforce of the space sector for global opportunities and challenges ahead. A tighter cooperation between the Space Foundation and ISU will enable multiple avenues for global space education and fostering international ecosystems for entrepreneurship,” said International Space University President, Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund.

About International Space University

ISU is the sole university worldwide devoted entirely to space education since 1987. ISU develops the future leaders of the world space community by providing interdisciplinary, intercultural, and international educational programs in all relevant space domains through the Master’s of Space Studies Program, the Space Studies Program, the Southern Hemisphere Program, and Executive Space Courses. Those programs are delivered by over 100 ISU Faculty members in concert with invited industry and agency experts from institutions around the world.

ISU is a 35-year success story with 5200 alumni shaping the international space ecosystem in 110 countries including astronauts and entrepreneurs along with current and former space industry and government leaders. ISU also fosters entrepreneurship and supports start-ups in its dedicated space incubator and has launched the Space Policy and Entrepreneurship Lab (SPEL). Visit to learn more about ISU.

About Center for Innovation and Education

Center for Innovation and Education, a division of Space Foundation, is a lifelong learning provider for the global space ecosystem that offers workforce development and economic opportunity for pre-K-12 and university students, teachers, entrepreneurs, businesses and space professionals. Programs and resources are delivered in person or virtually around the globe. Through its Workforce Development Roadmap of programs and resources, Center for Innovation and Education enhances the outlook and opportunities for careers, jobs and business ventures. To learn more about Center for Innovation and Education, please visit, and visit to learn more about Space Foundation Discovery Center.

About Space Foundation

Space Foundation is a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983, offering a gateway to information, education and collaboration for space exploration and space-to-Earth industries that define the global space ecosystem. Driven by a partnership model, Space Foundation operates three divisions that unite the entire spectrum of stakeholders — business, government, education and local communities — through support from corporate membership, sponsorship, fundraising and grants. Symposium 365 is the premier source for media and events, including Space Symposium and The Space ReportCenter for Innovation and Education is a lifelong learning provider; and Global Alliance facilitates collaboration around the world. Visit Space Foundation at, and follow us on LinkedInFacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube.


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Media Contacts:

Rich Cooper
Vice President, Strategic Communications & Outreach
Space Foundation
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Geraldine Moser
International Space University
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Dottie O’Rourke
TECHMarket Communications
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