Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture

Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA)

  • RASC-AL 2017 competition
    SICSA students are RASC-AL competition finalists
  • AIAA Human Spaceflight: Phobos Base Design Competition
    2016-2017 First Place winners
  • Genesis Single Person Spacecraft Interior Design Competition
    SICSA Students Win Superior Design Award
  • Ancile-Hab
    The Shield of Mars. SICSA team was one of ‘Top 30’ finalists of 3D-printed Habitat Challenge competition.
  • Space Exploration
    Modular Architecture for 0-G
  • Lunar Habitat
    Surface Habitat Concept
  • Space Exploration
  • The Expedition
    A Cislunar / Martian Orbiter
  • Deep Space Exploration
    Mission to Phobos and Deimos
  • Planetary Exploration
    Mars Surface Base
  • Extreme Environment
    Offshore Oil Rig Re-Purposing
  • Mars Transfer Vehicle
    Re-Configurable Building System

Collaborations with Other Institutions

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Houston Spaceport
Lund Univeristy
Chalmers University of Technology
Bauman University
ILC Dover
State University of Aerospace Technologies

SICSA is being invited by a growing number of other research and teaching organizations to cooperate in a variety of mutually beneficial areas. These common interests include: development of shared educational materials; faculty and student exchange programs; joint sponsorships of workshops and conferences; and teaming on funded research proposals.

Various collaborative relationships are in initial planning stages. SICSA is already working cooperatively with The department of Industrial Architecture at the Lund Institute of Technology (Lund) and Department of Architecture at Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg), Sweden. SICSA has a long history of collaboration with Moscow Aviation Institute - State University of Aerospace Technologies (MAI) and Bauman Moscow State Technical University (MSTU), Russia.

A third is being explored between SICSA and the International Space University (ISU) graduate studies. SICSA’s location in Houston, a major global space technology and trade center, affords important resource and collaboration benefits. This setting offers convenient access to NASA - Johnson Space Center, local aerospace companies, major research institutions, and commercial technology enterprises throughout the city and region.

On a state level, SICSA has served as the lead planning organization for a commercial launch facility in West Texas, and provides advisory and support services to the Texas Governor’s Aerospace and Aviation Economic Development Office. At a regional level, SICSA has established close and active working relationships with NASA and the broader aerospace community involving research, design and education programs. Included is the broadly advertised project for Houston Airport System (HAS) – Houston Spaceport. And at a local and campus level, SICSA and its programs are routinely featured by the UH as one of its three most prominent space research entities.

SICSA Brochure (pdf)