Open Day visitor at CDF
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ESA’s CDF opens doors to public – for the first time

25/10/2019 607 views 16 likes
ESA / Enabling & Support / Space Engineering & Technology / CDF

For the first time, the Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) was open to the public during the ESA Open Day at ESTEC on 6 October, from 10:00 to 17:00 on a rainy Sunday.

The CDF team prepared a very attractive programme for all ages of the public, including a facility walk through and presentations.

CDF visitors
CDF visitors

Also included in the Day were four interactive games, mainly dedicated to children (from 5-14 years):

  • Memory
  • Spot the Differences
  • Sat2Planet
  • Build Your Satellite.
Building a spaceship
Building a spaceship

The children were guided by CDF engineers and experts to solve the challenges of these space games, while learning the secrets of space system design. Everyone who completed the games received their own ‘Space mission designer’ diploma, as well as prizes including books, stickers and posters.

The enthusiasm and interest of the visitors was matched by the passion of the CDF crew. Visitors came in overwhelming numbers, adding up to almost 5 000 in total.

Young space designers
Young space designers
Learning about mission design
Learning about mission design
Space cadets at CDF
Space cadets at CDF
Busy builders at CDF
Busy builders at CDF
Space mission maker
Space mission maker

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