Space Summer School
International Space Summer School on 'Moon Exploration and Exploitation'
by Moscow Aviation Institute
What about creating your own space project with a team of enthusiastic guys just like you?
This year we suggest landing on the Moon and contribute into the international lunar program.

Within the school, students will attend lively and informative lectures by guest speakers and participate in a project marathon under the supervision of the leading MAI experts.
Project marathon
Students will be divided into the groups and given the same task.

Each team develops its unique project and presents it at the end of the school. A team that offers the best (workable and unconventional) solution wins a prize.

We have prepared several curious tasks. So, there will be more than one winning team.
Throughout the program, experts will give interviews and lectures on the main topic and extra classes on soft skills.
As the result, each student will gain extensive knowledge in space systems and obtain competencies like team work, creative thinking, networking and presentation skills.




Graduation document
Space: the difference between space and Earth technologies
- Where does the space begin?
- Vacuum
- Weightlessness
- Temperature
- Radiation
- Flight distance
- Flight duration
Why do satellites never fall? The basics of space flight
- Principles of flight
- The first ballistic flight
- What does ‘enter the orbit’ mean?
- 3 Kepler's laws
- Transfer from one orbit to another
- Orbital rendezvous
- Landing
What should you know not to get stuck on the Moon? 
- Origin of the Moon
- Surface
- Temperature. Chang'e 4’s discoveries
- Vacuum
- Dust. Mission ‘Luna 9’
- Missions to the Moon
- Landing and taking off
- Today’s attempt to explore the Moon
- Moonbase of the future
Space commerce
- Space tourism
- Remote sensing
- Worldwide fast internet
- Delivery services
- Orbital hotels
- Resource Extraction
Danger of space debris
- Debris. First debris in space
- What is known about debris today?
- Where is the most of debris?
- How to detect debris on the orbit?
- How to collect debris?
- What to do with the collected debris?
Don’t do that! Space accidents
- Flight of Luna 1
- The catastrophe at Baikonur cosmodrome
- The catastrophe of two space shuttle
- Proton M rocket explosion
- Mars 96’s mission failure
- Postponement of first launch at Vostochny cosmodrome
- Nauka module’s docking to IIS
- Development of the James Webb Space Telescope
Philosophical problems of cosmonautics
- Who should be sent: human or robot?
- Secrecy
- When do parascience and science overlap?
- Are we alone in the universe?
Team work in aerospace industry: history and role models
- Why do you need a team?
- First teams in aerospace history
- Team rules
How to present your project? How to generate public interest?
- Presentation materials
- Speech
- Video presentation
Meet Our Team
The smartest and experienced people has designed this program to provide our students with the best educational service
Ivan Rudoi
Author of the program & Supervisor
Assistant professor at MAI
PhD student of MAI
Expert in space systems design
Alena Morzhukhina
Professor of Department 601 “Space systems and rocket engineering” at MAI
Expert in spacecraft design
Praveen Sankaran
Lecturer & Supervisor
General Manager, Aviakul Private Limited, India
MSc Degree in Aerospace Engineering
Sofia Ogorelysheva
Program coordinator, manager
MAI International department,
BSc Degree in Linguistics
Yang Tianyang
Lecturer & Supevisor
MSc Degree in Aerospace Engineering, PhD student of MAI
Expert in thermal processes of space systems
Ivan Ivanov
Head of International Cooperation Center
Roscosmos Academy
About MAI
MAI is a leading Russian aerospace university.

Since 1930 we train highly-qualified specialists for the whole life-cycle of high-tech products from system design to serial production and operation.

Peter The Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
Founded in 1899, Polythech is the largest technical university in Russia with historically strong scientific schools, having great results and achievements in scientific, educational and innovative shpheres
Roscosmos Corporate Academy
Educational center of the rocket and space industry. Applying advanced international practices, they provide high-quality personnel training and development
How to apply
We kindly invite undergraduate and graduate students with background on mathematics and physics, age 18-25
Contact us
Please send your request to or fill in the form below before 25th July
Sign a contract
Our managers will prepare a contract for you. Please sign it and scan it back to us
Make a payment
Please pay for your training and be ready to start!
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WhatsApp: +7 499 158 00 27
Manager: Sofia Ogorelysheva

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