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Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Communications Training Course 2020

Status: Call for applications open. 
Date: 18–21 February 2020

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 will be delivered through formal lectures without excessive mathematics or technical jargon, but with a heavy emphasis placed on the interaction with the students. 

University students will learn 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

Preliminary 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
 

 

Concurrent Engineering Workshop – January 2020
Status: Call for applications open.
Date: 14 – 17 January 2020 
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 these 4 day workshops, university students will learn 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 will first learn to use the Open Concurrent Design Tool (OCDT) and identify design drivers. They will then be divided into groups of 2 or 3 to cover the several subsystems and, together with their groups, they will create a subsystem concept in order to later achieve an already identified mission concept using concurrent engineering.  

Preliminary 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 
 

Closed call

Concurrent Engineering Challenge 2019

Status: Call for student applications closed.
Status: Call for university applications closed.
Date: 11 – 15 November 2019

Description: The ESA Academy Concurrent Engineering Challenge will feature 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 will be given a specific mission to design in four days.

Students in each group will be 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 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 are 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, the Open Concurrent Design Tool (OCDT) and how ESA performs the technical and financial feasibility of space missions.

Preliminary 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

Post-Alpbach School Summer School Event 2019

Status: only opened to students who participated in the Alpbach Summer School 2019. 
Date: 25 – 29 November 2019  

Description: Students will get the opportunity to carry on working on one of the missions proposed by a team during the Alpbach Summer School 2019 on the “Geophysics from Space Using Micro- or Nano-Satellite Constellations”. The objective of this event will be to further the design of this mission using the Concurrent Engineering approach. Students will be supported by ESA and external experts whilst using the ESA Academy's Concurrent Design Facility (CDF).    

Preliminary Schedule: 

 Day 1    Guidelines for the event
  Mission presentation
  Preparation for CDF session
  First CDF session 
 Day 2    Mission redefinition
  Second CDF session
 Day 3    Third CDF sessions
  Conclusion of CDF sessions
  Preparation of oral presentation and article
 Day 4    Delivery of preliminary oral presentation and article
  Finalisation of oral presentation and article
 Day 5   Final oral presentation 

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