The FISE: United Space School is the chance of a lifetime if you are considering going into a career in the aerospace industry.  Students from approximately 20-50 countries spend two weeks together in Houston, Texas learning from experts in the field.  Applying to guestservices@thehangarmuseum.ca gives you the chance to become Western Canada’s delegate.  We are looking for someone who will be an enthusiastic ambassador for our country, on an international platform, and who will also benefit from the learning and growth opportunities that the United Space School provides. This is an all-expenses paid experience from The Hangar Flight Museum.

Once chosen, the student will participate in pre-program assignments to ensure everyone starts with a solid knowledge base. When the student arrives in Houston they will work together with other students to create a manned mission to Mars. They must interview for the position they desire on the team they want to join and show real intellectual prowess, as well as the ability to work as a collaborative team member, to accomplish this goal. Students get a real sense for what types of careers the space industry offers, and also get a sense of what the lifestyle feels like by being billeted with a family in Houston for 2 weeks during the summer. In 2020 and 2021 the program was held online, however 2022 and onward moved back to an in-person program. 

I learned so much at the United Space School, but the new friends that I made are what made it worth it. I discovered new paths that I want to pursue in the future, and found what aspects of the space industry captivate me the most. Next year, I'm hoping to begin school for mechanical engineering, and someday work to design new spacesuits and life support systems! The United Space School truly changed my life and helped me to solidify my future! It was the best few weeks of my life and I wouldn't trade that for anything!

2023 Student - Nicole Raneri

It was incredible; even though we live so far apart, in very different places; it was amazing what we all had in common. Everyone was fantastic and I made friends for life. Participating in this program has definitely helped me, and has confirmed what I want to do in my life.

2019 Student - Cameron Wilson

Having the opportunity to learn from these industry experts was a transformational experience. Every day I think about these lectures and I realize just how much I learned. It’s interesting because half way through the program I asked myself what I had learned so far. I found it difficult to pinpoint anything. After this reflection I realized that it felt normal to have all this knowledge. My new normal was that I understand the Life Support Systems of the ISS. It was normal that I would wake up in the middle of the night with a new idea for the propulsion system that I worked on for hours. It all just felt like me. After our team’s final presentation I was talking to the panel about these thoughts that I was having in my head. All they told me was ‘welcome to the aerospace industry’.

2018 Student - Jarrett Murray


APPLICATION PROCESS IS OPEN FOR 2024. All applications due by January 7, 2024. Interviews will occur between January 10-28. The 2024 program dates are July 14-29.

To apply to be the next Western Canadian Delegate, you must:

  • Be registered in a High School in Western Canada (Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories) 
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be between the ages of 15-19 on July 14, 2024
  • Be passionate about space
  • Be open minded and accepting toward different cultures

The application process consists of:

  1. Your resume
  2. A reference letter
  3. A 500 word essay on the topic of the year, 2024's essay topic is: Which piece of information gained through the use of the James Webb Space Telescope is the most valuable? Why is it the most valuable, and what could it mean for the future? (There is no right answer, just ensure you show your knowledge of the space industry through your essay response.)
  4. A copy of your up-to-date Academic Transcript
  5. A copy of your Canadian passport valid through November of the program year
  6. A 90 second motivational video. Tell us why you want to go to Houston, Texas and why you should be the one to represent Western Canada. Optional: you may complete this as a cover letter if you are unable to send us a video 
  7. Successful applicants will move forward into the interview stage of the process to determine who will be the next Western Canadian delegate

If you have any questions about the process please contact our Visitor Experience and Operations Director at guestservices@thehangarmuseum.ca 

To apply please send the above documents to guestservices@thehangarmuseum.ca (please submit one PDF file for all of your documents other than the motivational video) 

Printable 2024 United Space School Information

Hear About the Experience from Past Students


This program, in every aspect, was spectacular for me. The educational aspect was something I had only dreamed of previously, the students were the kindest group of kids I have ever met, and my host family brought me into their lives and showed me the truest meaning of Texas. I feel incredibly honoured to have represented Canada

2017 Student - Elizabeth Drew
United Space School 2019

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