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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 deliver ESA Academy’s Training Sessions online until further notice and reserves the right to adapt the format or cancel any scheduled ESA Academy’s Training Sessions for 2021 and 2022. 

CubeSats Concurrent Engineering Workshop 2022

Status: Only open to students selected for the 2020 edition

Date: 18-21 January 2022

Description: University students are introduced to the concurrent design of a CubeSat mission. Guided by ESA experts, the students learn to use the Open Concurrent Design Tool and identify design drivers. Divided into teams, they 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 Requirement Management
 Get familiar with Workbooks and OCDT 
 Introduction to the Mission 
 Student team CubeSat projects presentations
 CubeSat Architectures
 Day 2  First Concurrent Engineering iteration  
 ESA TEC CubeSats
 Introduction to ESA and ESA Education Programme
 Introduction to Fly Your Satellite! Programme
 Day 3  Finalisation of the first Concurrent Engineering iteration 
 ESEC-Redu visit
 How to increase CubeSat reliability?
 Second Concurrent Engineering iteration
 Day 4  Finalisation of the second Concurrent Engineering iteration
 Final Presentations

Gravity-Related Experiments Training Week 2022

Status: only open to students of ESA Academy Hands-on Space Projects

Date: 25-28 January 2022

Description: The aim of this training week is to better prepare selected university student teams for their participation in the ESA Academy’s Fly Your Thesis!, Drop Your Thesis! and Spin Your Thesis! Programmes, by providing them with the information and basic knowledge that is required to design, develop, test, and perform a gravity-related scientific experiment or technology demonstration. The idea is to optimise the transfer of know-how and expertise from the experts in the field to the students, before their experiment campaigns, through lectures, workshops and meetings with the experts. Hence, the objective is to increase the quality of collected data and the success rate of the students’ hands-on projects.

Preliminary Schedule

 Day 1   Introduction to ESA, ESA Education programme and opportunities
 Student teams presentations
 Overview of research in altered gravity and experiment demonstrations
 Day 2 System Engineering and Requirements Definition
Documentation Process
Former student projects
Presentation of the facilities
Meet your experts (session 1)
 Day 3 Meet your experts (session 2)
Introduction to ELGRA and SELGRA
Project and Risk Management
 Day 4 Automation Workshop
CAD Workshop
Communication and outreach Workshop
Inspirational lecture

Technology Transfer, Application and Innovation Workshop 2022

Status: Only open to students selected for the 2020 edition.

Date: 14-18 March 2022

Description: During this workshop, the university students are introduced to the different disciplines related to Technology Transfer, Applications and Innovation. Students learn about various domains such as patenting, technology transfer and applications, and entrepreneurships. 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 TTA&I
Introduction to Patenting
GA1: From Fiction to Reality
Day 2 

Technology Transfer Programmes

Technology Applications
Practical case examples
ESEC-Redu Visit
GA2: From Patent to Applications

Day 3  Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation
New Ventures and Business Model Canvas
Start-up, from idea to business
GA3: From Application to Business 
Day 4  GA4: Technology Transfer Workshop
Final Presentations

CubeSats Hands-on Training Week 2022

Status: Call for applications to be opened

Date: 28 March-1 April 2022

Description: During this 5-day training week, the university students learn about small satellite design and testing through hands-on exercises on a CubeSat training model, the ESAT. These lab sessions are supervised by Theia Space and complemented by technical lectures, delivered by ESA experts. The aim of this Training Week is to allow university students, who are involved in a CubeSat mission or would like to develop one, to get acquainted to the hardware and software of a CubeSat and to the assembly, integration and verifications of a small satellite as well as all the testing required.

Preliminary Schedule: 

 Day 1   Space Systems Engineering
  Introduction to the ESAT model
 Day 2   On Board Data Handling
 Day 3   Electrical Power System
 Day 4   Attitude and Orbit Control System
  Assembly, Integration and Verification 
 Day 5   Satellite Operations
  Satellite Testing

Space Debris Training Course 2022

Status: Call for applications to be opened

Date: 16-20 May 2022 

Description: During this five-day training course, the university students are provided with an introduction to the concept of space debris, why it is necessary to address this issue and how the mitigation policies set by ESA apply to missions. The students do not only learn about the space debris environment and mitigation technologies, but also about how it affects spacecraft’s operations and the issues and solutions foreseen in the future. Taught by ESA experts, mainly from the ESA Space Debris Office, as well as external experts from the sector, the course is delivered through formal technical lectures, which are complemented with hands-on exercises based on a real-life case study. 

Preliminary schedule: 

Day 1: The Environment  Introduction
 Forces Acting on a Space Object
 Space Debris Environment
 Legal Environment
Day 2: Mitigation  Mitigation Principles and Guidelines
 Mitigation Context and Technology 
 The Future of the Environment 
Day 3: Operations  Space Surveillance 
 Collision Avoidance 
 Operations in the Space Debris Environment 
 Protection and Shielding
Day 4: Re-entry  Aerothermodynamics
 Atmospheric Break-up
 On-Ground Risks
 Tour of ESEC-Redu
Day 5: The Future  Design for Demise
 Active Removal