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Gravity-Related Experiments Training Week 2020

Status: only opened to students of ESA Academy Hands-on Space Projects. 
Date: 28 - 31 January 2020

Description: The aim of this Training Week is to better prepare selected university student teams for their participation in the ESA Academy’s 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. 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: 

 Day 1   Introduction to ESA, ESA Education programme and opportunities
 Student teams presentations
 Overview of research in altered gravity and experiment demonstrations
 Social event 
 Day 2  System Engineering and Requirements Definition
 Documentation Process
 Former student projects
 Presentation of the facilities
 Meet your experts (session 1)
 Day 3  Meet your experts (session 2)
 Introduction to ELGRA and SELGRA
 Project and Risk Management
 Visit of ESEC-Redu 
 Day 4  Automation Workshop
 CAD Workshop
 Communication and outreach Workshop
 Inspirational lecture


Earth Observation Remote Sensing Workshop 2020

Status: Call for the applications to be launched in February.
Date: 11- 15 May 2020

Description: The aim of this workshop is to introduce university students to the various types of Remote Sensing (RS) images and how they can be used and analysed with the help of the tools used in the space industry. The students learn about remote sensing data analysis, radar, optical and thermal infrared image generation and processing. Technical lectures are complemented by exercises and practical sessions, using the example of PROBA-V and other space mission to show how raw data acquired by Earth Observation (EO) satellites are collected, calibrated and distributed to end-users. 


 Day 1   EO Mission Introduction
  Remote Sensing Basics
  Exercise: Image opening, visualisation and analysis
 Day 2   Radar Remote Sensing Basics
  Radar Remote Sensing Applications
  Exercise: Radar RS
 Day 3   Optical Remote Sensing Basics
  Optical Remote Sensing Applications
  Exercise Optical RS
 Day 4   Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing
  Data processing workflow
  ESEC-Redu Visit
  RS Data Fusion
 Day 5   RS Data Fusion Exercise
  RS Data Fusion Applications 


Concurrent Engineering Workshop – May 2020
Status: Call for the applications to be launched in February.
Date: 26 – 29 May 2020 
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 this four-day workshop, 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 two or three to cover the several subsystems and, working together, 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 Concurrent Engineering 
 Get familiar with Workbooks and OCDT 
 Introduction to the Mission
 Study Background and Mission Requirements
 System Requirements and System Modes Definition
 Visit of ESEC-Redu 
Day 2  Inputs and Outputs Definition
 First iteration of all disciplines
 First Budgets
 Presentations of the first results 
Day 3  Second Iteration
 Finalisation of the Concept
 Product tree
 Presentation of the second iteration 
Day 4  Final Design Consolidation and any Open Issues 
 Preparation of the Final Presentation 
 Final Presentation


Space Debris Training Course 2020
Status:Call for the applications to be launched in March
Date: 8 – 12 June 2020 
Description: During this five-day training course, the university students are provided with an introduction to the concept of space debris, why it is necessary to address this issue and how the mitigation policies set by ESA apply to missions. The students do not only learn about the space debris environment and mitigation technologies, but also about how it affects 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 is delivered through formal technical lectures, which are complemented with hands-on exercises based on a real-life case study. 

Preliminary schedule: 

Day 1: The Environment  Introduction
 Forces acting on a space object
 Space Debris Environment
 Legal Environment
Day 2: Mitigation  Mitigations Principles and Guidelines
 The Future of the Environment
 Mitigation Context and 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
 Visit of ESEC-Redu
Day 5: The Future  Design for Demise
 Active Removal


ESA/ELGRA Gravity-Related Research Summer School 2020

Status: Call for the applications to be launched in March.
Date: 22 – 26 June 2020  

Description: During this four and a half day Summer School, university students are introduced to gravity-related research by ELGRA and ESA experts from across Europe. Throughout stimulating lectures about the current research under microgravity and hypergravity conditions in life and physical sciences, students 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
 Former Student Teams of the ESA Hands-On Programmes Presentations
 Team Project Introduction
Day 2  Life Science Research (Part 1&2)
 Physical Science Research (Part 1&2)
 Human Physiology Research (Part 1&2)
 Team Work
Day 3  Life Science Research (Part 3)
 Physical Science Research (Part 3)
 Human Physiology Research (Part 3)
 Project Management
 Team Work
 Visit of ESEC-Redu
Day 4  Team Work
 Life Cycle of a Gravity-Related Experiment
Day 5  Team project presentations