Gravity-related experiments training week 2017
16-19 January 2017
Status: To be delivered. Opened to students selected for the Fly, Drop and Spin Your Thesis! programmes 2017.
Description: The aim of this training week is 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 they will be helped to achieve their objectives. The idea is to optimise 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 Overview:
- Introduction to ESA, ESA programmes and opportunities
- Student teams presentations
- Outreach workshop
- Physical sciences at different g levels
- Project and Risk Management workshop
- Former student projects
- Meet your experts (session 1)
- Meet your experts (session 2)
- Visit of Redu Centre
- Life sciences at different g levels
- Experiment Automation workshop
- Human physiology at different g levels
- System Engineering
- Inspirational Lecture
- Euro Space Centre visit
Human Space Physiology Training Course
30 January - 2 February 2017
Status: Call for application opened. Deadline: 28th November 2016, 23:59 pm CET
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 be also 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.
ESA Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Communication Training Course
14-17 February 2017
Status: Call for application opened. Deadline: 12 December 2016, 23:59 pm CET.
Description: 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
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.
- The Challenge
- Visit of an antenna and baseband equipment
- Visit of the PROBA operation room
- Radio Frequency transmissions/reception
- Link Budgets
- Real Ground Stations
- Visit of ESA Redu Centre
Last update: 16 January 2017