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First Belgian Trainee Chosen for the CDF
12 November 2013   The first Belgian National Trainee, created by the Belgian National Trainee Program (NTP), has started work in the CDF. Johan Vennekens, a young graduate from the De Nayer Institute and the University of Leuven in Belgium arrived on the first of November for an initial one year placement as an assistant system engineer. Johan said that he was extremely pleased to win the chance to come to the CDF as his masters degree at Leuven had given him a real desire to gain experience in systems engineering and the chance to put this into practice at the conceptual stage of space mission design was like a dream come true for him.

D4D Design for Demise - MiCRA Study and Webcasting
17 October 2013   In the frame of the ESA Clean Space Initiative (see link) the CDF was tasked to carry out a MiCRA (Mission Concept and Requirements Assessment – see link) in preparation for the planned industrial Technology Readiness Programme (TRP) activity into Design for Demise techniques. The objective of the MiCRA was to gather and refine ideas around the topic, to finalize the scope of the contract and to consolidate the related Statement of Work. Another outcome of the MiCRA was to create the necessary D4D know-how in a multi-disciplinary ESA team.

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