Current opportunities

Concurrent Engineering Workshop – February 2018

Status: Call for applications open. Deadline: 5 January 2018, 23:59 CET.

Date: 20-23 February 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 day 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
Budgets
Presentation of the second iteration
Day 4 Final Design Consolidation & any Open Issues
Preparing the Final Presentation
Final Presentations
 

CubeSats Hands-on Training Week 2018

Status: Call for applications open. Deadline: 8 January 2018, 23:59 CET.

Date: 26 February - 2 March 2018

Description: During this pilot 5 day training week, the university students will learn about small satellite design and testing through hands-on exercises on a CubeSat training model, the ESAT. These lab sessions will be supervised by Theia Space and will be complemented by technical lectures, delivered by ESA experts. The aim of this Training Week is to allow university students, who are involved in a CubeSat mission or would like to develop one, to get acquainted to the hardware and software of a CubeSat and to the assembly, integration and verifications of a small satellite as well as all the testing required.

Preliminary schedule:

Day 1 Space Systems Engineering
Introduction to the ESAT model
Software
Day 2 On Board Data Handling
Day 3 Electrical Power System
Communications
Day 4 Attitude and Orbit Control System
Assembly, Integration and Verification
Day 5 Satellite Operations
Satellite Testing
 

Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Communication Training Course 2018

Status: Call for applications open. Deadline: 22 January 2018, 23:59 CET.

Date: 5-9 March 2018

Description: Taught by an ESA expert from the Advanced Operations Concepts Office of ESA’ European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), Darmstadt, Germany, the course will be delivered through formal lectures without excessive mathematics or technical jargon, but with a heavy emphasis placed on the interaction with the students.
University students will learn about:

  • the challenges of communicating with a spacecraft
  • an operator’s view on all the spacecraft subsystems both on-board and on the ground
  • ‘physiological’ traps to be avoided during operations and testing

Preliminary schedule:

Day 1 Introduction
The Challenge
Modulation
Group Exercise
Day 2  Demodulation
Coding
Decoding
Visit of an antenna and baseband equipment
Group Exercise
Day 3 Protocols
Visit of the PROBA operation room
Radio Frequency transmissions/reception
Link Budgets
Group Exercise
Day 4 Real Ground Stations
Summary of the Group Exercise
 
 

Human Space Physiology Training Course 2018

Status: Call for applications open. Deadline: 2 February 2018, 23:59 CET.

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
 

Concurrent Engineering Workshop – May 2018

Status: Call for applications open. Deadline: 5 January 2018, 23:59 CET.

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 
Budgets 
Presentation of the second iteration 
Day 4 Final Design Consolidation & any Open Issues 
Preparing the Final Presentation 
Final Presentations 
 

CubeSats Concurrent Engineering Workshop 2018

Status: Call for applications closed. To be delivered.

Date: 16-19 January 2018

Description: Students will be introduced to the concurrent design of a CubeSat mission. Guided by ESA experts, the students will learn to use the Open Concurrent Design Tool and identify design drivers. Divided into teams, they will first create a subsystem concept to later achieve an already identified mission concept, function tree and product tree, using concurrent engineering. The workshop can help to better prepare those universities that are planning to embark on a CubeSat project or are at the early stages of one. Teams wishing to participate do not need to be at an advanced stage in their CubeSat project.  They can  be at a conceptual and/or preliminary phase of their CubeSat design.

 

Gravity-Related Experiments Training Week 2018

Status: To be delivered. 

Date: 30 January to 2 February 2018

Description: The aim of this training week is to better prepare selected university student teams for their participation in the ESA Academy Hands-on Space Projects’ Fly Your Thesis!, Drop Your Thesis! and Spin Your Thesis! Programmes. By providing them with the information and basic knowledge that is required to design, develop, test, and perform a gravity-related scientific experiment or technology demonstration students will be helped to achieve their objectives. The idea is to optimize the transfer of know-how and expertise from the experts in the field to the students, before their experiment campaigns, through lectures, workshops and meetings with the experts. Hence, the objective is to increase the quality of collected data and the success rate of the students’ hands-on projects.

Preliminary schedule:

Day 1 Introduction to ESA, ESA Education programme and opportunities
Student teams presentations
System Engineering
Physical Science at different g levels
Visit of the Euro Space Centre
Day 2 Project and Risk Management
Former student projects
SELGRA
Presentation of the facilities
Meet your experts (session 1)
Day 3 Meet your experts (session 2)
Visit of ESEC
Life sciences at different g levels
Human physiology at different g levels
Day 4 Experiment Automation
Communication
Former students outreach
Inspirational Lecture
 

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