Sign Up For ESA Student Workshop, 'System Engineering and Technology for Space Missions'
Undergraduate students from ESA Member States and Collaborating States are invited to sign up for a Student Training Workshop that will take place 25-29 August 2008 at the European Space Technology and Research Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands.
The Workshop, entitled "System Engineering and Technology for Space Missions", is being organised and hosted by the ESA Education Office. It is intended to provide participating students with a general overview and better understanding of ESA activities in the area of end-to-end mission development.
Special emphasis will be placed on mission design, system engineering and technology, in order to enhance the formal technical education of the participants and facilitate their understanding of how the space sector operates.
Any interested university students aged 18-28 may apply, but the Workshop is primarily targeted at students who have completed 1-3 years of their first degree. It will be particularly suitable for those who are interested in joining ESA hands-on projects in future (such as ESEO, ESMO, GENSO, etc.) or who are considering pursuing a career in the space industry.
The Workshop will begin at 09:00 on Monday, 25 August and end around midday on Friday, 29 August. It will consist of plenary sessions for up to 60 students, led by experts from ESA, together with splinter sessions for groups of 30 students that will involve visits to various facilities on the ESTEC site.
The preliminary programme is constructed around 5 major topics:
- an overview of the ESA programmes;
- showcases of mission design and development;
- a comprehensive lecture programme on major system engineering topics and spacecraft design;
- overview of the ESA Technology programmes;
- understanding hardware, software and ground infrastructure through visits to laboratories, simulation and testing facilities.
Students can register for this workshop on the ESA Conferences, Symposia and Workshops website.
One of the objectives of the ESA Education Office is to support the development of a qualified future workforce for both ESA and the European Space Industry. This is primarily achieved by encouraging European students to participate in activities that give them a better understanding of how space missions are designed and developed, together with hands-on experience of working on space-related projects.
Some of these activities are being carried out by universities through opportunities offered by ESA. Current ESA projects in this domain include student satellite projects, an educational ground station network and flight opportunities for student experiments on board sounding rockets, stratospheric balloons and parabolic flights.
Last update: 2 December 2008