Past opportunities 2017

Post-Alpbach School Summer School event 2017 

Status: Call for the applications closed on 8 September 2017; only opened to students who participated in the Alpbach Summer School 2017. Event delivered.

Date: 20-24 November 2017 

Description: Students got the opportunity to carry on working on the PAHST (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Space Telescope) project proposed by the team Blue during the Alpbach Summer School 2017. The objective of this event was to prepare a scientific paper to be presented at an international conference or published in a scientific journal. Students were supported by ESA and external experts, and had the opportunity to use the ESA Academy's Concurrent Design Facility (CDF). 

Schedule: 

Day 1   Guidelines for the event
  PAHST presentation
  Preparation for CDF session
  First CDF session 
Day 2   Mission redefinition
  Second CDF session
Day 3   Third CDF sessions
  ESEC visit
Day 4   Conclusion of CDF sessions
  Preparation of oral presentation
  Delivery of preliminary oral presentation
  Visit of the Bouillon Castle
Day 5   Finalisation of oral presentation
  Final oral presentation
  Discussion about the article
 
 

Rosetta Science Operations Scheduling Legacy Workshop 2017

Status: Call for the applications closedWorkshop delivered.

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.

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. Training course delivered.

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 applications closed. Challenge delivered.

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:

Schedule:

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   Finalisation 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. Summer School 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.

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 closedTraining 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.

Schedule:

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.

Schedule:

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 closedTraining 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.

Schedule:

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.

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 
  ESA Redu Centre Visit
Day 3   Finalisation 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 2017

Status: Call for application closedTraining course delivered

Date: 14-17 March 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 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   Finalisation 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
 

Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Communications Training Course 2017

Status: Call for applications closed. Training course delivered. 

Date: 14-17 February 2017

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

Status: Call for application closedTraining course delivered.

Date: 30 January - 2 February 2017

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 

Status: Training week delivered.

Date: 16-19 January 2017

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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