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Due to the evolution of the corona virus situation in Europe, and in line with governmental instructions across Europe and with the recommendations of ESA's Director General on travel restrictions for health and safety reasons, the ESA Education Office has decided to cancel some of the ESA Academy’s Training Sessions and deliver others online (see table below). 

Date Training Session Status
7–18 September 2020  Online Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations Training Course 2020  Open*
28 September–7 October 2020  Online Standardization Training Course 2020  Open*
12 – 23 October 2020  Online Human Space Physiology Training Course 2020  Open*

*The ESA Education Office reserves the right to cancel the remaining scheduled ESA Academy’s Training Sessions.

Online Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations Training Course 2020

Status: Call for applications open

Date: 7 - 18 September 2020  

Description: : The course will be delivered online, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings during two weeks. Taught by an ESA expert from the Advanced Operations Concepts Office of ESA’s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), Darmstadt, Germany, the course is offered through formal lectures without excessive mathematics or technical jargon, but with a heavy emphasis placed on the interaction with the students. Students 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

Preliminary schedule:

Day 1 Introduction - the difference between design and operations engineers 
Day 2 Mission design and payloads
Attitude Dynamic and Control Subsystems - part 1
Day 3 Attitude Dynamic and Control Subsystems - part 2
Day 4 Operations
Orbit Control System
Power - part 1 
Day 5 ESECPower - part 2
Day 6 ESEC
Telemetry, Telecommunication & Command
On Board Data Handling - part 1
Day 7 On Board Data Handling - part 2
On Board Software
Day 8  Wrap-up
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Standardization Training Course 2020

Status: Call for applications open 
Date: 28 September – 7 October 2020

Description: The course will be delivered online,  in collaboration with ESA’s Requirements and Standards Section, every morning during 8 days. During this course University students are given an introduction to the ECSS and learn from several ESA experts the importance of using standards and the impact they have on the way space activities are implemented. They are also provided with an overview of how and why standards are used in different disciplines at ESA. 

Preliminary schedule:

Day 1   Introduction to the ECSS System
Day 2   Product Assurance & Quality Assessment
 Mechanisms – part 1
Day 3   Mechanisms – part 2
 Systems Engineering 
Day 4   Control Engineering
 Electrical Engineering – part 1
Day 5  Electrical Engineering – part 2
 Communications protocols
Day 6  Thermal Engineering
 Software Engineering – part 1
Day 7  Software Engineering – part 2
 Software Product Assurance
 Ground System and Operations
Day 8  Structures


Online Human Space Physiology Training Course 2020

Status: Call for applications open
Date: 12 – 23 October 2020 

Description: The course is organised online, over two weeks, in collaboration with ESA’s Space Medicine Team. During the first week, through interactive lectures, students are 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. During the second week of the course, students work on a group project, investigating some of the major issues and challenges that must be overcome as human spaceflight moves beyond the International Space Station.

The students are 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
  • How human space physiology research is performed both in space, and using Earth-based analogues
  • Major issues and challenges current human spaceflight and future space exploration must overcome

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