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Concurrent Engineering Challenge 2019

Status: Call for student applications closed.
Status: Call for university applications closed.

Challenge delivered.

Date: 11 – 15 November 2019

Description: The ESA Academy Concurrent Engineering Challenge featured groups of up to 30 students, each one supervised by two system engineers in the four Concurrent Engineering Facilities (CEF) located in three European universities, respectively: Cranfield University (United Kingdom), Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and the ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Facility (Belgium). Groups were given a specific mission to design in four days.

Students in each group were divided into small teams of two to four people to cover the following disciplines: structures, configuration, power, mechanisms, thermal, attitude and orbit control, propulsion, trajectory analysis, communications and 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 are 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 learnt about the Concurrent Engineering approach and its benefits, the Open Concurrent Design Tool (OCDT) and how ESA performs the technical and financial feasibility of space missions.

Schedule of the Challenge: 

Day 1 Introduction to the Concurrent Engineering Approach
Get familiar with Workbooks and OCDT 
Presentation of each CEF
Introduction to the mission 
Mission overview and requirements
Day 2 System requirements
Mission and system modes definition
First iteration of all subsystems – part 1
Each group results presentation
Day 3 First iteration of all subsystems – part 2
First budgets
Finalisation of the concept
Each group results presentation
Day 4 Second iteration of all subsystems 
Product tree
Budgets
Each group results presentation
Day 5 Final design consolidation & any open issues
Each group final presentation

 

CubeSats Hands-on Training Week 2019

Status: Call for applications closedTraining week delivered
Date: 16 – 20 September 2019

Description: During this 5-day training week, the university students learnt about small satellite design and testing through hands-on exercises on a CubeSat training model, the ESAT. These lab sessions were supervised by Theia Space and were complemented by technical lectures, delivered by ESA experts. The aim of this Training Week was to allow university students, who are involved in a CubeSat mission or would like to develop one, to get acquainted to the hardware and software of a CubeSat and to the assembly, integration and verifications of a small satellite as well as all the testing required.

Schedule: 

 Day 1   Space Systems Engineering
  Introduction to the ESAT model
  Software 
 Day 2   On Board Data Handling
 Day 3   Electrical Power System
  Communications 
 Day 4   Attitude and Orbit Control System
  Assembly, Integration and Verification 
 Day 5   Satellite Operations
  Satellite Testing

Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations Training Course 2019

Status: Call for applications closed. Training course delivered
Date: 3 - 6 September 2019  

Description: Taught by an ESA expert from the Advanced Operations Concepts Office of ESA’s 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. Students have learnt 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

Schedule:

Day 1 Introduction - the difference between design and operations engineers 
Mission design and payloads
Attitude Dynamic and Control Subsystems
Group Exercise
Day 2 Orbit Control System
Power
Thermal
Telemetry, Telecommunication & Command
Group Exercise
Day 3 On Board Data Handling 
On Board Software
Group Exercise
Day 4 On Board Software
Group Exercise and Summary

ESA-ELGRA Gravity-Related Research Summer School 2019

Status: Call for applications closed. Summer School delivered.
Date: 24 – 28 June 2019  

Description: During this four and a half day summer school, students were 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 appreciated the benefits of performing research at different g levels. Moreover, students worked 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
Day 2  Life science research part 1
 Physiology research part 1
 Physical science research part 1
 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
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

Introduction to Space Law Training Course 2019

StatusCall for applications closedTraining course delivered
Date: 17 – 21 June 2019 

Description: During this five-day training course, students were 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 appreciated the importance of law in the realisation of a space mission and they now have an overview of the international legal frameworks which governs the space activity today. 

Schedule:

Day 1  Space Law at a Glance
 Introduction to the Core Principles and Concepts of International Law
 Comparative Fields of International Law
 UN Space Treaties and other Legal Instruments 
Day 2  Overview of National Space Law
 Anatomy of a National Space Law and Licensing
 Introduction to Institutions
 Introduction to the Exercise
 Visit of ESEC-Redu
Day 3  Licensing, Mission Authorisation & Supervision Contracting Practices
 Insurance, Launch & Early Orbit Phase
 Contracting Practices and Procurement, IPR
 Legal Aspects of Orbits 
 Space objects: from CubeSats to Mega-Constellations
 Exercise Session
Day 4  Operations & In-Orbit Transfer of Ownership
 Safety of Space Operations
 Export Control
 End-of-Life and Re-entry
 Space Debris Mitigation
 On-Orbit Servicing and Active Debris Removal
 Navigation
 Exercise Session
Day 5  Security of Space Assets
 Safety of Space Operations
 Final Exercise Session

Product Assurance Awareness Training Course 2019

Status: Call for applications closedTraining course delivered
Date: 4 – 7 June 2019 

Description: During this four-days training course, students were 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. Throughout face-to-face lectures from several ESA’s PA managers and PA discipline experts, students understood that PA 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  Introduction
 Overall context of Space Projects
 Setting the Scene
Day 2  Quality Management and Assurance
 Dependability and Safety
Day 3  Software Product Assurance
 EEE Components
Day 4  Materials & Processes
 PA in Space Business
 Conclusion

Standardisation Training Course 2019

Status: Call for applications closed. Training course delivered
Date: 21 – 24 May 2019

Description: During this four-day training course, university students were given an introduction to ECSS system and taught the importance of using standards. They were also provided with an overview of how/why standards are used in different disciplines at ESA. Throughout face-to-face lectures from several ESA experts, students appreciated the importance of ECSS system, which will be an important part of their space-related career, complementing what they normally learn at university.   

Preliminary schedule:

Day 1  Introduction to ECSS System
 Management
 System Engineering
Day 2  Product Assurance & Quality Assurance 
 Mechanisms 
 Control Engineering
Day 3  Communications protocols
 Electrical Engineering 
 Thermal Engineering
Day 4  Software Engineering & Product Assurance
 Structures
 Ground System and Operations

Space Debris Training Course 2019

 

Status: Call for applications closedTraining course delivered
Date: 13 – 17 May 2019 

Description: During this five-day training course, the university students were 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 did 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 was delivered through formal technical lectures, which was complemented with hands-on exercises based on a real-life case study. 

Schedule: 

Day 1: The Environment Introduction
Forces acting on a space object
Space Debris Environment
Mitigations Principles and Guidelines
Day 2: Mitigation Legal Environment
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
Evaluation

Concurrent Engineering Workshop – May 2019

 

Status: Call for applications closed. Workshop delivered
Date: 30 April – 3 May 2019 

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 4-day workshop, university 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 identify 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.  

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 
 

Rosetta Science Operations Scheduling Legacy Workshop 2019

Status: Call for applications closedWorkshop delivered
Date: 2 – 5 April 2019 

Description: During this workshop, university students learnt 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 complemented 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 learnt 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

Human Space Physiology Training Course 2019

Status: Call for applications closed. Training Course delivered.
Date: 19 - 22 March 2019 

Description: Two groups of university students were able to take part in this training course from two different ESA sites connected through videoconferencing: the ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Facility in ESEC-Galaxia, Belgium and the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. Through face-to-face and videoconference lectures delivered from each location, 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 were also involved in a group project addressing some of the major issues and challenges facing human spaceflight.  

The students were 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, 
  • The conditions that the ISS provides to protect and support life
  • How the senses perceive being ‘weightless’ 
  • How key physiological systems respond to microgravity, what mechanisms underlie these changes, and some approaches that may be used to mitigate such effects
  • Human space physiology research is performed both in space, and using Earth-based analogues
  • Major issues and challenges facing current human spaceflight and future space exploration.

Concurrent Engineering Workshop – March 2019

Status: Call for applications closed. Workshop delivered
Date: 12 - 15 March 2019 

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 4-day workshop, university 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 identify design drivers. They were 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.  

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 

Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Communications Training Course 2019

Status: Call for applications closedTraining Course delivered.
Date: 5–8 February 2019

Description: Taught by an Advanced Operations & IOD Project Manager who works for the Operations Department of ESOC, the European Space Operations Centre in 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. 

University students learned 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

 

Schedule: 

 Day 1   Introduction
 The Challenge
 Modulation
 Group Exercise
 Day 2  Demodulation
 Coding
 Decoding
 Group Exercise
 Day 3  Protocols
 Radio Frequency transmissions/reception
 Visit of ESEC-Redu
 Link Budgets
 Group Exercise
 Day 4  Real Ground Stations
 Summary of the Group Exercise

Gravity-Related Experiments Training Week 2019

Status: Training week delivered.
Date: 29 January – 1 February 2019

Description: The aim of this training week was to better prepare selected university student teams for their participation in the ESA Academy Hands-on Space Projects’ Fly Your Thesis!, Drop Your Thesis!, Orbit 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 Education programme and opportunities
 Student teams presentations
 System Engineering
 Documentation Process
 Visit of the Euro Space Centre 
 Day 2  Project and Risk Management 
 Presentation of the facilities
 Former student projects
 Meet your experts (session 1)
 Day 3  Visit of ESEC 
 Meet your experts (session 2)
 Life sciences at different g levels
 Human physiology at different g levels 
 Physical Science at different g levels
 Day 4  Experiment Automation 
 Communication and Outreach 
 Inspirational Lecture
 

CubeSats Concurrent Engineering Workshop 2019

Status: Call for applications closed. Workshop delivered
Date: 15–18 January 2019

Description: Students were introduced to the concurrent design of a CubeSat mission. Guided by ESA experts, the students learnt to use the Open Concurrent Design Tool and identify design drivers. Divided into teams, they first created a subsystem concept to later achieve an already identified mission concept, function tree and product tree, using concurrent engineering. The workshop helped to better prepare those universities that are planning to embark on a CubeSat project or are at the early stages of one. Teams wishing to participate do not need to be at an advanced stage in their CubeSat project. They can be at a conceptual and/or preliminary phase of their CubeSat design.

Schedule: 

 Day 1   Introduction to Concurrent Engineering and Requirement Management
 Get familiar with Workbooks and OCDT 
 Introduction to the Mission 
 Student team CubeSat projects presentations
 CubeSat Architectures
 Day 2  First Concurrent Engineering iteration  
 ESA TEC CubeSats
 Introduction to ESA and ESA Education Programme
 Introduction to Fly Your Satellite! Programme
 Day 3  Finalisation of the first Concurrent Engineering iteration 
 ESEC-Redu visit
 How to increase CubeSat reliability?
 Second Concurrent Engineering iteration
 Day 4  Finalisation of the second Concurrent Engineering iteration
 Final Presentations