Past opportunities 2017

Rosetta Science Operations Scheduling Legacy Workshop 2017

Status:Call for the applications closed

Date: 3-6 October 2017

Description: During this workshop university students learned how science operations scheduling is done at ESA and what tools are used. Exercises were performed with the support of the experts who did the scheduling for the real mission using the actual science operations scheduling software (MAPPS) that produced the final experiment commanding for the spacecraft. These exercises were supported by lectures given by various members of the Rosetta team including the project scientist, spacecraft operations manager, ESA Philae system engineer and individuals who were involved in building the actual spacecraft. In addition, the students learned how to access the actual science data that these schedules produced via the Planetary Science Archive.

Preliminary schedule:

Day 1 Rosetta mission overview 
Rosetta Spacecraft design 
Rosetta AIV experience and considerations 
MAPPS introduction and overview
MAPPS overview presentation
Group exercise
Day 2 Rosetta Science Ground Segment 
Rosetta Instrument teams 
Science Operation Planning - Long Term Planning 
Science Operations Planning - Medium and Short Term Planning 
Tour of ESEC
Rosetta Mission Operations 
Science Pointing timeline 
Group exercise
Day 3 Philae Lander 
Instrument timelines 
Rosetta image archive 
Group exercise
Day 4 End of Mission operations 
Philae Search
Finalise group exercise
Present results to experts
ESA Education opportunities
 
 

Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations training course 2017

Status: Call for applications closed.

Date: 19 - 22 September 2017

Description: Students learned about:

  • the challenges of operating a spacecraft (as opposed to designing a spacecraft)
  • the operator’s view on all the spacecraft subsystems and the design features to implement in order to operate them
  • ‘physiological’ traps to be avoided during operations and testing

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

Schedule:

Day 1 & 2 Introduction - the difference between design and operations engineers
Mission design and payloads
Attitude Dynamic and Control Subsystems
Orbit Control System
Power
Day 3 & 4 Power (Storage)
Thermal
Telemetry-Tracking and Control Subsystems
Command and Control
On-board processors
On-board software and Fault Detection, Isolation and Recovery
Group Exercise and Summary
 
 

Concurrent Engineering Challenge 2017

Status: Call for the applications closed

Date: 11-15 September 2017

Description: The ESA Academy Concurrent Engineering Challenge featured groups of 15 to 25 students, each one supervised by two system engineers in the four Concurrent Design Facilities (CDFs) in Polytechnic of Turin (Italy), University of Strathclyde (United Kingdom), Technical University of Madrid (Spain) and the ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Centre (Belgium). Groups were given a specific mission to design in four days. 

Students in each group were divided into small teams of two or three to cover the following disciplines: structures, configuration, power, mechanisms, thermal, attitude and orbit control system for a satellite (AOCS), propulsion, optics / sensors, trajectory analysis, and communications / data handling.  Students within each small team created a subsystem concept in order to achieve the mission parameters using the Concurrent Engineering approach.

The groups did not compete against each other. Instead, they used video conferencing to share each day’s progress, raise any particular difficulties they were facing, and receive helpful input from the other participants. At the end of the week, each group presented their final design.

Ultimately, students involved in the challenge learned about the Concurrent Engineering approach and its benefits, and how to use the Open Concurrent Design Tool (OCDT).
Schedule for the group in ESA Academy's Training and Learning Centre:

Content of the course:

Day 1 Introduction Concurrent Engineering Approach
Get familiar with Workbooks and OCDT 
Visit of ESA Redu Centre
Day 2 Each group presentation general presentation
Introduction to the mission
Mission overview and requirements
System  requirements
Mission and system modes definition
Each group results presentation
Day 3 First iteration of all subsystems
First budgets
Each group first results presentation
Day 4 Finalization of the concept
Product tree
Budgets
Each group second iteration presentation
Day 5 Final design consolidation & any open issues
Each group final presentation
 
 

ESA-ELGRA Gravity-Related Research Summer School 2017

Status: Call for Applications closed .  Training course delivered.

Date: 26 - 30 June 2017

Description: During these four and a half days summer school, students will be introduced to gravity-related research by ELGRA and ESA experts from across Europe.

Through-out stimulating lectures about the current research under microgravity and hypergravity conditions in Life and Physical sciences, students will appreciate the benefits of performing research at different g levels.

Moreover, the students will work within small groups to come up with potential ideas for future gravity-related experiment student projects, also with the benefit of the existing ESA Educational platforms such as the parabolic flights, the human centrifuge or the ISS.

Preliminary schedule:

Day 1 Introduction to ESA, ESA programmes and opportunities
Introduction to ELGRA and SELGRA
Introduction to gravity-related research
ESA Education Office and hands-on programmes
Develop a gravity-related experiment
Introduction to team project
Visit of ESA Redu Centre and Euro Space Centre
Day 2 Life science research part 1
Physiology research part
Physical science research part
Project Management workshop
Former students projects
Team project
Day 3 Life science research part 2
Physiology research part 2
Physical science research part 2
Team project
Visit of Centre Spatial de Liège
Day 4 Life science research part 3
Physiology research part 3
Physical science research part 3
Space project life cycle
Team project
Day 5 Team project presentations
 
 

ESA Academy “Product Assurance and Safety” Training Course 2017

Status: Call for Applications closed. Training course delivered.

Date: 12 - 15 June 2017

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&S managers and PA&S discipline experts, students will understand that PA&S is an integral part of the engineering activities playing a role in the development, design, test philosophy, build and operation of the system.

Content of the course:

Day 1 Overall Context of Space Projects
Setting the Scene
Day 2 Overview of Product Assurance in Space Business
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 Disciplines: Quality Management & Assurance
 
 

ESA Academy “Standardisation” Training Course 2017

Status: Call for Applications closed . Training course delivered.

Date: 6 - 9 June 2017

Description: During this four days training course, 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 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.

Content of the course:

Day 1 Introduction to ECSS System
Management
Mechanisms
Day 2 PA&QA
System Engineering
Control Engineering
Day 3 Thermal
Structural
Ground System and Operations
Day 4 Electrical & Electronics
Telecommunication
 
 

ESA Academy “Introduction to Space Law” Training Course 2017

Status: Call for Applications closed . Training course delivered.

Date: 29 May – 2 June 2017

Description: The aim of this five days training course, students will be provided with an introductory overview of space law, why it is necessary today to regulate space activities and how it applies practically to space missions, from the smallest of projects like a university’s CubeSat project, the most famous feats of space endeavours like human spaceflight and the International Space Station right through to forward-looking questions like planetary defence.

By the end of this programme, students will appreciate the importance of law in the realisation of a space mission and they will have an overview of the international legal frameworks which governs the space activity today.

Preliminary Schedule Overview:

Day 1 Space Law at a Glance
Basic Introduction to the Core Principles and Concepts of International Law
Overview of Comparative Fields of International Law
UN Space Treaties and other Legal Instruments – General Overview
Day 2 General Overview of National Space Law
Anatomy of a National Space Law and Licensing
Introduction to Institutions: European Space Agency, UNCOPUOS and UNOOSA, ITU, IADC, ECSS & ISO
Day 3 Legal Lifecycle (I): Contracting Practices
Legal Lifecycle (II): Licensing, Mission Authorisation & Supervision
Legal Lifecycle (III) Technology Transfer & Export Control
Legal Lifecycle (IV): Insurance, Launch & Early Orbit Phase
Spectrum Management & Frequency Allocation
Exercise: From CubeSats to Mega-Constellations
Planetary Defence & Asteroid Mining
Space Tourism & Suborbital Flights
Day 4 Legal Lifecycle (V): Operations & In-Orbit Transfer of Ownership
Legal Lifecycle (VI): On-Orbit Servicing
Legal Lifecycle (VII): Operations in GEO
Legal Lifecycle (VIII): End-of-Life and Re-entry
SDM Guidelines in Practice
Sustainability of Space Activities
Navigation
Remote Sensing and Disaster Management
Day 5 Security of Space Assets
Safety of Space Operations
Mini-project
 
 

Concurrent Engineering Workshop - May 2017

StatusCall for Applications closed ; training course delivered.

Date: 09-12 May 2017

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, 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 be then 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 Overview:

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 
ESA Redu Centre Visit
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 
 
 

Concurrent Engineering Workshop - March 2017

14-17 March 2017

Status: Call for application closed. training course delivered

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, students learnt 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 first learnt to use the Open Concurrent Design Tool (OCDT) and identified design drivers. They were then divided into groups of 2 or 3 to cover the several subsystems and, together with their groups, they created a subsystem concept in order to later achieve an already identified mission concept using concurrent engineering.More details.

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
ESA Redu Centre Visit
 

ESA Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Communication Training Course 2017
14-17 February 2017

Status:Call for applications closed; training course delivered. 

Description: Students learnt 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

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

Schedule

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

Human Space Physiology training course 2017
30 January - 2 February 2017

Status: Call for application closed. Training course delivered

Description: Throughout face-to-face and videoconference lectures, two groups of university students took 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 were 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 also were 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.
 

Gravity-Related Experiments training week 2017 
16-19 January 2017

Status: training course delivered.

Description: The aim of this training week was to better prepare selected 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 were helped to achieve their objectives. The idea was 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 was to increase the quality of collected data and the success rate of the students’ hands-on projects.

Schedule

Day 1 Introduction to ESA, ESA programmes and opportunities
Student teams presentations
Outreach workshop
Physical sciences at different g levels
Day 2 Project and Risk Management workshop
Former student projects
Meet your experts (session 1)
Day 3 Meet your experts (session 2)
Visit of Redu Centre
Life sciences at different g levels
Day 4 Experiment Automation workshop
SELGRA
Human physiology at different g levels
System Engineering
Inspirational Lecture
Euro Space Centre visit

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