Join the Online Space Debris Training Course 2020


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Space particles is a hazard to our satellites and spacecraft as nicely as a contributor to in close proximity to-Earth house pollution. To help elevate recognition of this issue, ESA’s Education and learning Office environment is organising an on-line edition of ESA Academy’s Space Debris Education Class. 

Owing to the Covid-19 predicament, ESA has resolved to convert the third edition of the Space Debris Education Class to an on-line party.

Involving eight and twelve June 2020, University pupils will be offered with an introduction to the idea of house particles, why it is necessary to deal with this problem, and how the mitigation guidelines established by ESA implement to missions. Participants will not only learn about the house particles environment and mitigation technologies, but also about how it impacts spacecraft operations and opportunity potential options. Taught by ESA specialists as nicely as external specialists in the sector, the class will be sent by means of formal complex lectures complemented by arms-on routines dependent on a genuine-life situation study. 

Trainer detailing the problem of on-orbit fragmentations

This teaching class is a collaboration between ESA’s Education and learning Office and ESA’s Space Debris Office environment, which coordinates ESA’s study routines in all significant particles disciplines. These incorporate measurements, modelling, security, and mitigation. It also implements the house surveillance section of the Agency’s Space Situational Recognition (SSA) programme and the house particles aspects of the Agency’s Space Protection programme (S2P), which operates ESA’s collision avoidance program for a fleet of 20 spacecraft and represents ESA on house particles issues at global bodies this sort of as the IADC (Inter-Company Debris Coordination Committee) and UNCOPUOS (United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space). 

Preliminary schedule:

Day 1: The Surroundings  Introduction
 Forces Performing on a Space Object
 Space Debris Surroundings
 Legal Surroundings
Day two: Mitigation  Mitigation Principles and Pointers
 Mitigation Context and Technological innovation
 The Long term of the Environment 
Day three: Operations  Space Surveillance 
 Collision Avoidance 
 Operations in the Space Debris Environment 
 Protection and Shielding
Day 4: Re-entry  Aerothermodynamics
 Atmospheric Break-up
 On-Ground Hazards
Day 5: The Long term  Design for Demise
 Active Elimination


Upon completion of the teaching class pupils will be evaluated by using an on-line questionnaire and will obtain a certification of participation and a class transcript, letting them to request ECTS credit(s) from their respective universities.

Who can implement?

Learners operating with a coach on the Group Venture

In purchase to participate, pupils need to fulfil the next eligibility conditions at the time of application:

  • be aged between 18 and 32
  • be a citizen of an ESA Member State, Canada or Slovenia
  • be enrolled as a full-time MSc (BSc accomplished) or PhD college student in a university (not graduating right before the teaching class)
  • be studying for a scientific or engineering diploma and have minimum amount knowledge of house technologies. 

How to implement:

  • Fill in the application form
  • Add a motivation letter (PDF, optimum 1 page, no photographs)
  • Add a CV (Europass format, PDF, optimum two pages)
  • Add a formal advice letter (PDF, optimum 1 page, which includes signature, no photographs) from a university professor or academic supervisor of present-day university (if not feasible due to present-day confinement predicament in your state you should request a university professor or an academic supervisor to deliver a advice e mail to [email protected])
  • Add a copy of academic data (PDF).

All answers and files need to be in English (other than academic data if not readily available).

The deadline for apps is eleven May well 2020.

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