Past opportunities 2017
Concurrent Engineering Workshop - March 2017
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.
Introduction to the Mission and Concurrent Engineering
Get familiar with Workbooks and OCDT
Mission overview and Trade-Off
Mission and System Modes Definition
First iteration of all Subsystems.
Presentations of the first results
Finalization of the Concept
Presentation of the second iteration
Final Design Consolidation & any Open Issues
Preparing the Final Presentation
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.
Visit of an antenna and baseband equipment
Visit of the PROBA operation room
Radio Frequency transmissions/reception
Real Ground Stations
Visit of ESA Redu Centre
Human Space Physiology training course 2017
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
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.
Introduction to ESA, ESA programmes and opportunities
Student teams presentations
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
Euro Space Centre visit