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Standardisation Training Course 2018

Status: Call for applications open. Deadline: 23 April 2018

Date: 12 - 15 June 2018

Description: During this four day training course, university students will be given an introduction to ECSS system and will be taught the importance of using standards. They will be also provided with an overview of how/why standards are used in different disciplines at ESA.Though-out face-to-face lectures from several ESA experts, students will appreciate the importance of ECSS system, which will be an important part of their space-related career, complementing what they normally learn at university.  

Preliminary schedule:

 Day 1   Introduction to ECSS System
  System Engineering
 Day 2   PA&QA
  Thermal Engineering
  Control Engineering
 Day 3   Telecommunications
  Electrical and Electronics
 Day 4  SoftwareStructures
 Ground System and Operations

Product Assurance Awareness Training Course 2018

Status: Call for applications open. Deadline: 9 April 2018.

Date: 29 May - 1 June 2018

Description: During this four days training course, students will be given an understanding of the PA&S engineer role in order to increase their awareness and the interest on PA&S and present them the different related disciplines.Though-out face-to-face lectures from several ESA’s PA managers and PA discipline experts, students will understand that PA is an integral part of the engineering activities playing a role in the development, design, test philosophy, build and operation of the system. 

Preliminary schedule:

  Day 1    Overall Context of Space Projects
  Day 2    PA Disciplines: Quality Management & Assurance
  PA Disciplines: Dependability & Safety
  Day 3    PA Disciplines: Software Product Assurance
  PA Disciplines: Electrical, Electronic and Electro-mechanical components
  Day 4    PA Disciplines: Materials & Processes
  PA in Space Business

Human Space Physiology Training Course 2018

Status: Call for applications closed. To be delivered.

Date: 20 - 23 March 2018

Description: Throughout face-to-face and videoconference lectures, two groups of university students will take part in this training course from two different locations: the ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Centre in Redu, Belgium and the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. Students will be introduced to the human physiological effects of spaceflight and to the approaches to mitigate the effects of microgravity on the human body with the use of analogues and models of the space environment. They will also be involved in a group project in order to increase their knowledge about a key physiological issue in Human Spaceflight. 

The students can expect to be introduced to the following topics:  

  • What it’s really like to live in space
  • The challenges, lessons, and successes that have led to permanent occupation of the International Space Station, and the conditions it must provide to protect and support life
  • Human Space Physiology research is performed both in space and on Earth
  • How the senses perceive being ‘weightless’ in an orbiting space vehicle
  • How key physiological systems respond to microgravity, what mechanisms underlie these changes, and some approaches that may be used to mitigate such effects
  • Major issues and challenges facing current human spaceflight and future space exploration

Space Debris Training Course 2018

Status: Call for applications closed. To be delivered.

Date: 16 - 20 April 2018

Description: During this five day training course, the university students will be provided with an introduction to the concept of space debris, why it is necessary to address this problematic and how the mitigation policies set by ESA apply to missions. The students will not only learn about the space debris environment and mitigation technologies, but also about how it impacts spacecraft’s operations and the issues and solutions foreseen in the future. Taught by ESA experts, mainly from the ESA Space Debris Office, as well as external experts from the sector, the course will be delivered through formal technical lectures, which will be complemented with hands-on exercises based on a real-life case-study.

Preliminary schedule:

Day 1 The Environment Introduction
Space Debris Environment
Legal Environment
Mitigations Principles and Guidelines
Day 2 Mitigation Forces acting on a space object
Assessment methods
Mitigation Technology
Day 3 Operations Space Surveillance
Collision Avoidance
Operations in the Space Debris Environment
Protection and Shielding
Day 4 Re-entry Aerothermodynamics
Atmospheric Break-up
On-ground Risks
Day 5 The Future The Future of the Environment
Active Removal

Concurrent Engineering Workshop – May 2018

Status: Call for applications closed. To be delivered.

Date: 1 - 4 May 2018

Description: Concurrent engineering is a method of designing and developing products in the space sector where all subsystems are designed simultaneously making the process more efficient. During these 4 days workshops, university students will learn about concurrent engineering and its benefits, taking advantage of the use of the ESA Academy’s Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) . Guided by ESA experts, the students will first learn to use the Open Concurrent Design Tool (OCDT) and identify design drivers. They will then be divided into groups of 2 or 3 to cover the several subsystems and, together with their groups, they will create a subsystem concept in order to later achieve an already identified mission concept using concurrent engineering. 

Preliminary schedule:

Day 1 Introduction to the Mission and Concurrent Engineering 
Get familiar with Workbooks and OCDT 
Mission overview and Trade-Off 
Mission and System Modes Definition 
Day 2 First iteration of all Subsystems. 
Modify Workbooks 
First Budgets 
Presentations of the first results 
Day 3 Finalization of the Concept 
Product tree 
Presentation of the second iteration 
Day 4 Final Design Consolidation & any Open Issues 
Preparing the Final Presentation 
Final Presentations 

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