Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations Training Course 2018
Status: Call for applications open.
Date: 11 - 14 September 2018
Description: Taught by an ESA expert from the Advanced Operations Concepts Office of ESA’ European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), Darmstadt, Germany, the course will be delivered through formal lectures without excessive mathematics or technical jargon, but with a heavy emphasis placed on the interaction with the students. Students will learn 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
|Day 1 & 2||
Introduction - the difference between design and operations engineers
Mission design and payloads
Attitude Dynamic and Control Subsystems
Orbit Control System
|Day 3 & 4||
Telemetry-Tracking and Control Subsystems
Command and ControlOn-board processors
On-board software and Fault Detection, Isolation and Recovery
Group Exercise and Summary
Earth Observation Satellite System Design Training Course 2018
Status: Call for applications now open.
Date: 1 – 5 October 2018
Description: The aim of this training course is to provide university students with insights on the entire development of an Earth Observation satellite, from the definition of the initial requirements to the final in-orbit verifications, including risks assessment and ground operations, and with an emphasis on the sizing of the Earth Observation instruments.Taught by current and former ESA experts and external experts, this course will be delivered through formal lectures, which will be complemented by a group project, where the students will design a simple Earth Observation satellite, and illustrated by interesting videos in the evenings.
Introduction to EO Satellite Systems
Satellite Design Ground Segments and Operations
On-ground and In-orbit Verifications
|Day 5||Group Project Presentation|
Concurrent Engineering Challenge 2018
Status: Call for applications open.
Date: 22 – 26 October 2018
Description: The ESA Academy Concurrent Engineering Challenge will feature groups of 20 to 30 students, each one supervised by two system engineers in the four Concurrent Design Facilities (CDFs) in the Lulea University of Technology (Sweden), the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) and the ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Centre (Belgium). Groups will be given a specific mission to design in four days.
Students in each group will be divided into small teams of two or three to cover the following disciplines: structures, configuration, power, mechanisms, thermal, attitude and orbit control system for a satellite (AOCS), propulsion, trajectory analysis, communications/data handling. Students within each small team will create a subsystem concept in order to achieve the mission parameters using the Concurrent Engineering approach.
The groups will not compete against each other. Instead, they will use video conferencing to share each day’s progress, raise any particular difficulties they were facing, and receive helpful input from the other participants. At the end of the week, each group will present their final design.
Ultimately, students involved in the challenge will learn about the Concurrent Engineering approach and its benefits, and how to use the Open Concurrent Design Tool (OCDT).
Schedule for the group in ESA Academy's Training and Learning Centre:
Introduction Concurrent Engineering Approach
Get familiar with Workbooks and OCDT
Visit of ESA Redu Centre
Each group presentation general presentation
Introduction to the mission
Mission overview and requirements
Mission and system modes definition
Each group results presentation
First iteration of all subsystems
Each group first results presentation
Finalisation of the concept
Each group second iteration presentation
Final design consolidation & any open issues
Each group final presentation
Last update: 30 July 2018