The Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program is an intensive, five week, live-in experience built around an international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary (3 ,I's) educational philosophy for which the International Space University (ISU) is renowned. The program provides a multidisciplinary understanding of the key activities and areas of knowledge required by today's space professions, including:
- Space science and exploration
- Space applications and services
- Human spaceflight and life sciences
- Space systems engineering and technologies
- Space policy and economics
- Space business and project management
- Space law and regulatory issues
Dr. Ashok was selected into the SHSSP2017 held in Adelaide, Australia. He also led the Indian Contingent in the opening ceremony. Dual Stratospheric balloon launch, white paper on Small sats-Big Shift, were some of the important the events during the program.
Dr. Ashok is a member of the Austrian Space Forum since 2017. He completed his Basic Mars Analog Mission training in Innsbruck, Austria in 2017. He is actively supporting the organization.
Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in Upper Mesosphere) is the World's First and Only crewed suborbital research program. The PoSSUM suborbital tomography experiment is supported by NASA's Flight Opportunities program. Dr. Ashok is the FIRST and ONLY Indian Flight Surgeon to be selected into the program and successfully completed the Class 1801 Citizen Scientist-Astronaut session hosted at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida, USA in Mar, Apr 2018. His training includes conducting Suborbital Noctilucent cloud tomography missions, conduct Aeronomy, bioastronautics and human factors research in Intravehicular Spacesuits developed by Final Frontier Design.