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Technology Transfer, Application and Innovation Workshop 2020

Status: Call for the applications open.
Date: 24- 27 March 2020

Description: During this workshop, the university students are introduced to the different disciplines related to Technology Transfer, Application and Innovation. Students learn about various domains such as patenting, technology transfer and applications, and entrepreneurship. These lectures are complemented by a case study based on an actual ESA patent. The students implement their newly gained knowledge to help ESA to find a suitable application, working on a simplified business plan proposal in Group Assignments. 

Preliminary Schedule: 

 Day 1   Introduction to Technology Transfer, Application & Innovation
 Introduction to Patenting
 Group Assignment 1: From Fiction to Reality
 Day 2   Technology Transfer Programmes
 Technology Applications
 Practical case examples
 ESEC-Redu Visit
 Group Assignment 2: From Patent to Applications
 Day 3   Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation
 New Ventures and Business Model Canvas
 Start-up, from idea to business
 Group Assignment 3: From Application to Business
 Day 4   Group Assignment 4: Technology Transfer Workshop
 Final Presentations

Watch the 2018 workshop video


CubeSats Concurrent Engineering Workshop 2020

Status: Call for applications open.  
Date: 17-20 March 2020

Description: Students will be introduced to the concurrent design of a CubeSat mission. Guided by ESA experts, the students will learn to use the Open Concurrent Design Tool and identify design drivers. Divided into teams, they will first create a subsystem concept to later achieve an already identified mission concept, function tree and product tree, using concurrent engineering. The workshop helps to better prepare those universities that are planning to embark on a CubeSat project or are at the early stages of one. Teams wishing to participate do not need to be at an advanced stage in their CubeSat project. They can be at a conceptual and/or preliminary phase of their CubeSat design.

Preliminary schedule

Day 1  Introduction to Concurrent Engineering and Requirements Management
 Get familiar with Workbooks and Open Concurrent Design Tool (OCDT)
 Introduction to the Mission
 Student team CubeSat projects presentations
 CubeSat Architectures
Day 2  First Concurrent Engineering iteration
 Introduction to ESA, ESA Education and the Fly Your Satellite! Programme
Day 3  Finalisation of the first Concurrent Engineering iteration 
 ESA TEC CubeSats 
 Visit of ESEC-Redu
 How to increase CubeSat reliability
 Second Concurrent Engineering iteration
Day 4  Finalisation of the second Concurrent Engineering iteration 
 Final Presentations

Space Systems Engineering Training Course 2020

Status: Call for applications open.
Date: 3 – 6 March 2020

Description: During this four-day training course, students will be given a 'crash-course' in systems engineering and its applications within the space industry, in particular within ESA. The course will provide an overview of the scope and context of systems engineering in general, before outlining the roles of a system engineer. The course will further explore some key system engineering roles, such as requirements capture, architecture definition and verification and validation, as well as the concept of concurrent engineering design. The full space system life cycle will be explored from a system engineering viewpoint. The course will be delivered by experts with a wealth of experience in ESA projects, in the form of interactive lectures and group exercises. By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of what systems engineering is, and what a systems engineer does throughout a space project lifecycle, as well as some of the key challenges they face!

Preliminary schedule:

Day 1: Scope and context of Systems Engineering
What is Systems Engineering?
How to represent a System
The Space Programmatic Environment
Tasks of a Systems Engineer
Day 2: Systems Engineering Process
System Requirements
How to define the architecture of a system, including trade-offs and specification
Design of a space mission including concurrent engineering 
Day 3: Design of a space mission including concurrent engineering (continued)
Development and Verification Approach
Day 4: System Engineering and Project Management
Challenges of System Engineering 
Application of a real space project
Launch and operations

Closed call


Clean Space Training Course 2020

Status: Call for the applications closed.
Date: 11 – 14 February 2020 (to be confirmed)

Description: During this four-day course, university students will familiarise with approaches to consider the environmental impact of the entire life cycle of a space mission. The course focuses on technologies to design a satellite which will not generate more debris, that will remove the ones already in orbit and that will be environmentally friendly. The lectures will provide the necessary knowledge and tools to develop in teams a ‘clean’ satellite during the group project.

Preliminary Schedule: 

 Day 1   Clean Space Overview
 Space Debris Mitigation Requirements & Implication in the Spacecraft Design
 Life Cycle Assessment & EcoDesign 
 Group Project Session 1
 Day 2  Reentry Strategies
 Design for Demise: why and how?
 Passivation: Propulsion & Power
 Group Project Session 2
 Day 3  On-Orbit Servicing
 Close Proximity Operations
 Active Debris Removal Overview
 Guidance, Navigation and Control for Capturing
 Robotics for Capturing
 Group Project Session 3
 Day 4  Visit of ESEC-Redu
 Space Debris Mitigation for CubeSats & Small Satellites
 Design for Removal
 Groups Final Presentation


Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Communications Training Course 2020

Status: Call for applications closed. 
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
 Group Exercise
 Day 2  Demodulation
 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 closed.
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 
 Presentation of the second iteration 
Day 4  Final Design Consolidation & any Open Issues 
 Preparing the Final Presentation 
 Final Presentations 

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