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Published: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:24:00 +0200

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Getting ready for CanSat 2018: guidelines and timeline

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:24:00 +0200


After an exciting launch campaign in Bremen a couple of weeks ago, it’s now time to start thinking about the future! Here are the guidelines and timeline of the 2018 European CanSat competition.

Happy faces at ESA’s Summer Teacher Workshop

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:00:00 +0200


Fifty European teachers took part in 4 days of challenging classroom work at ESA’s Summer Teacher workshop last week!

The first of two identical workshops organised by ESA for primary and secondary school teachers in 2017, this workshop took place in Leiden, the Netherlands, from 11 to 14 July. The second workshop will be held in October 2017 (all available places have already been allocated).

Help your students become young astronomers with CESAR!

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:01:00 +0200


CESAR is an  educational ESA initiative whose main objective is to engage school students with the wonders of astronomy and, more generally, science and technology. CESAR stands for ‘Cooperation through Education in Science and Astronomy Research.’

The 2017 European CanSat Competition winners are…

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 15:16:00 +0200


More than one hundred students from all over Europe participated in the 2017 European CanSat Competition, organised by the European Space Agency and hosted by ZARM in Bremen with the help of local partners, which took place from 28 June to 2 July.   The winning teams were announced on 1 July.   The  ‘La Burgoneta Espacial’ team from Spain won first prize,  while  Ireland’s ‘Canny Potter’ and Poland’s  ‘CANpernicus’ ranked second and third respectively.

Students get to grips with gravity at ESA/ELGRA Gravity-Related Research Summer School 2017

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 16:44:00 +0200


After the success of the first ESA/ELGRA Gravity-Related Research Summer School in June 2016, the ESA Education Office and ELGRA (European Low Gravity Research Association) decided to repeat the experience. So, in late June 2017, the second edition of this Summer School was held at ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Centre, in Belgium.

Let the 2017 European CanSat Competition begin!

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:11:00 +0200


This week 15 teams have gathered in Germany to participate in the 2017 European CanSat competition. 13 national competition winners, together with two national teams selected by ESA, will take part in an exciting launch campaign hosted at the Rotenburg Airfield & ZARM facilities, from 28 June to 2 July. 

Students discover value of Product Assurance and Safety for space missions

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:31:00 +0200


A group of ambitious university students have completed a new ESA Academy’s training course on Product Assurance and Safety (PA&S) developed in collaboration ESA’s Product Assurance and Safety Department. Held at the ESa Academy’s Training and Learning Centre at the European space Security and Education Centre (ESEC) in Belgium, this was an excellent opportunity for the students to discover more about this important field of work.

Students wanted for the Rosetta Science Operations Scheduling Legacy Workshop

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:57:00 +0200


Between 2014 and 2016, ESA’s comet mission Rosetta commanded the world’s attention. Although the most publicly visible moment came in November 2014 with the bumpy landing of Philae onto the surface of the comet, the whole two years at the comet presented unique challenges for the Rosetta team and in particular the Rosetta science operations group who performed the science scheduling of the mission.

Space standards prove a hit with students

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:31:00 +0200


The ESA Academy has provided yet another successful training course to university students from ESA Member and Associate Member States contemplating a career in the aerospace sector. 

Host selected for 2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:32:00 +0200


ESA’s Education Office is delighted to announce that the Budapest University of Technology and Economics has been selected as the host of the 2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities to be held in April 2018!

Applications open: student experiments wanted for high-altitude science

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:15:00 +0200


The ESA Education office in collaboration with The Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) and the German Space Agency (DLR) are offering university students the exciting chance to send their experiments into the stratosphere or mesosphere. 

Call for applications for the Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations training course

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:57:00 +0200


Following the success of the first edition  of the ESA Academy’s Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations training course in October 2016, ESA’s Education Office is offering 22 university students the opportunity to participate again in this course and learn about the fascinating world of spacecraft operations. 

Concurrent Engineering Challenge – Call for student applications

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:37:00 +0200


ESA’s Education Office is looking for 22 talented and motivated university students from an ESA Member or Associate State with an engineering or physics background to take part in the Concurrent Engineering Challenge at the ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Centre in ESA Redu Centre, Belgium. 

Students expand their horizons with new Space Law training course

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:31:00 +0200


Since the early days of spaceflight 50 years ago, space law has enabled countries and organisations around the world to explore space cooperatively and peacefully. This is a monumental achievement, but one that is often taken for granted. Space law is integral to ESA missions, and as such a group of 22 student scientists and engineers just completed a new training course: Introduction to Space Law.

Students design a space system to help protect elephants

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:53:00 +0200


A group of university students completed the ESA Academy’s third Concurrent Engineering Workshop with a difficult challenge: to design a satellite that would track African elephants!

Students explore Saturn and its moons in the Cassini competition

Thu, 18 May 2017 18:02:00 +0200


Since its arrival at Saturn in 2004, the international Cassini-Huygens mission has made numerous discoveries about the beautiful planet, its fascinating rings, and mysterious moons. The stunning images of the Saturnian system taken by the Cassini spacecraft provide the inspiration behind the ‘Cassini scientist for a day’ competition that is designed to give school students a taste of life as a space scientist. Over 1400 students from across Europe participated in the 2016–2017 competition and the winners have now been selected.

Six new CubeSat missions selected for next cycle of Fly Your Satellite!

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:13:00 +0200


Six university teams have been selected for the second edition of the Fly Your Satellite! programme after an intensive week at the Selection Workshop, held at ESTEC from 1st to 5th May. The CubeSats evaluation and selection were carried out by a CubeSat Evaluation Panel, consisting of ESA experts from a range of disciplines. 

ESA Challenge of the Copernicus Masters competition 2017

Thu, 11 May 2017 13:03:00 +0200


Universities are invited to participate in the ESA Challenge of the Copernicus Masters competition 2017, looking for innovative small satellite design and manufacturing solutions that could be complementary to the current Sentinel family missions. Learn more about the ESA Challenge . Hurry up! The deadline to submit proposals is 30 June 2017.

Copernicus Masters flyer 

New CubeSat Teams participate in Fly Your Satellite! Selection Workshop at ESTEC

Tue, 02 May 2017 14:35:00 +0200


ESA’s Education Office has recently launched  its second cycle of the ‘Fly Your Satellite!’ programme. The new cycle offers university teams engaged in the design of a CubeSat mission the opportunity to build, test, launch and operate their own satellite mission with support from ESA specialists.

ESA’s “Fly a Rocket!” programme teaches students the virtue of perseverance

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:21:00 +0200


The dream of launching a rocket  almost came true for 20 students at the Andøya rocket range in Northern Norway  on the 30th of March 2017 . The students were part of ESA’s first “Fly a Rocket!” programme. They were forced to postpone the launch due to high winds at around 5km but will try again later in the year.

High School Students present their ideas on capturing defunct satellites

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:54:00 +0200


On March 15, two groups of high school students presented their ideas on space debris capture at ESTEC’s Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Engineers from ESA’s Clean Space initiative and other areas of expertise were at hand to discuss the contemplated solutions with the students.

Spin Your Thesis! 2018 open for proposals

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:54:00 +0200


Sometimes it’s good to get into a spin. Particularly if you are a student wanting to run a hyper-gravity experiment. For the ninth year, ESA’s Education Office is open to submissions for its Spin Your Thesis! programme.

Spin Your Thesis! allows students to carry out experiments in hypergravity conditions at ESA’s Large Diameter Centrifuge (LDC). Very different from the desktop centrifuges found in ordinary laboratories, the LDC is a world-class instrument. It is eight metres in diameter, and so large that it is housed in its own hall at ESA’s technical heart (ESTEC), The Netherlands.  It can hold an experiment of up to 80kg in mass and spin so fast that it simulates a pull of gravity up to 20 times larger than that experienced at Earth’s surface.

Drop Your Thesis! 2018 open for proposals

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:29:00 +0200


Imagine dropping your experiment and watching helplessly as it falls 120 metres to the floor below. Accident? Disaster? Not at all. This is ESA’s Drop Your Thesis! programme and it is all in the name of science.

For the precious seconds it takes for the experiment to fall that distance, the experiment experiences ‘microgravity’ similar to the perpetual free fall of being in orbit. If the experiment can collect data quickly, then dropping it in a specialist facility is a much cheaper option than launching it into space.

The Drop Your Thesis! programme is run by ESA’s Education Office. ESA is looking to sponsor teams of 4 (or more) university students from ESA member states* who have an experiment in mind that requires microgravity. ESA strongly believes in diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace. Student applying to this call should also strive to implement these principles when forming their teams.  The proposals shall also clarify how the student teams intend to cope with a possible turn-over, in order to replace team members who might decide to leave the project.

Details of how to apply can be found on this website but the key step is to showcase the scientific and/or technological objectives of the project. In other words, what the teams intend to investigate and why. Emphasis should also be placed on the technical details that explain how the experiment will be implemented.

Call for proposals Fly Your Thesis! 2018

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:45:00 +0200


ESA Education is inviting university student teams to submit proposals related to designing, building and flying their experiment in a parabolic flight campaign, which is tentatively scheduled to take place in late 2018. 

Students successfully complete Concurrent Engineering Workshop

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:00:00 +0200


From 14 to 17 March 2017, 22 students from 11 different nationalities, including ESA Associate Member Canada, took part in a Concurrent Engineering Workshop. 

Call for applications: ESA/ELGRA Gravity Related Research Summer School 2017

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:55:00 +0100


Following the success of the first ESA/ELGRA Gravity Related Research Summer School last year, ESA Education Office and the European Low Gravity Research Association (ELGRA) have decided to repeat this fruitful collaboration and organise a second edition. Applications are now open!

European Astro Pi Challenge winners announced

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:18:00 +0100


ESA and its partners are happy to announce that 45 teams will soon have the unique opportunity to have their own experiments running in space after winning the first European Astro Pi Challenge. 

Call for applications: ESA seek high achieving students for Product Assurance and Safety training course

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:40:00 +0100


An exciting opportunity has arisen for Master and PhD students to attend an ESA training course on Product Assurance and Safety (PA&S).

Applications now open for ESA Academy’s “Standardisation Training Course”

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:22:00 +0100


When working on a cutting-edge space mission there is enough to invent and develop without ‘reinventing the wheel’. This is why ESA is part of the European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS). 

Host sought for symposium on Space Educational Activities

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:49:00 +0100

ESA is searching for a university to host the second symposium on Space Educational Activities. The symposium will be held in 2018 and is expected to attract at least 200 students, educators and professors from across Europe.

Applications to ESA Teacher Workshops closing 3 April!

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:30:00 +0100


This year ESA is organising two teacher  workshops dedicated to European primary and secondary school teachers. The summer edition will take place from 11 to 14 July 2017; the autumn edition from 5 to 8 October 2017. Both will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands. 

Due to the huge number of applications already received, the deadline to apply for both workshops is  now anticipated to Monday 3 April 09:00 CEST.

“Introduction to Space Law Training Course” now open for applications

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:35:00 +0100

From the smallest student CubeSat to the largest space endeavours such as the International Space Station, all space activities are regulated by space law.

Student experiments take to the skies on REXUS 21/22

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:17:00 +0100


It was more than just experiments that launched on two rockets from the Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden this week. For the students that built the experiments, it could also be the launch of their future careers.

Student opportunities for IAC 2017

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 19:00:00 +0100


ESA's Education Office offers European students the opportunity to attend the International Astronautical Congress (IAC). This year’s IAC will be held from 25 - 29 September in Adelaide, Australia.

Cansat 2017: location and selected teams announced!

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:57:00 +0100


ESA’s Education team is thrilled to finally announce the location and organiser of the 2017 European CanSat launch campaign: the competition will be hosted by the Centre of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) helped by local partners, at the University of Bremen, Germany.

ESA’s new robotics training workshop for primary school teachers – applications now open

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 19:41:00 +0100


Upper primary school teachers from ESA Member and Associate States* are invited to apply to a new and unique training module on robotics. The deadline for submission of applications is 1 May 2017.

The workshop will take place on 29 and 30 June 2017 at ESA’s e-robotics lab, an education facility located at ESA’s  Redu centre in Belgium. During the 2-day workshop, teachers will learn how to use space robotics to explain physics and technology curricular subjects.  During the workshop they will discover and master new tools and inquiry-based practices for teaching STEM at school.

The number of available seats is limited, so hurry and send us your application!

Call for university applications - Concurrent Engineering Challenge 2017

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 22:03:00 +0100


ESA is now looking for universities in Member or Associate State* who would like to participate in the first ESA Academy Concurrent Engineering Challenge with their students. This challenge will be organised by the ESA Education Office, in collaboration with ESA’s Systems and Concurrent Engineering Section, for September or October 2017. 

Students complete spacecraft communications training course

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:07:00 +0100


As we launch ever-more advanced spacecraft to probe our Solar System and investigate space beyond, the question of efficient and reliable communications is of paramount importance. To better prepare the next generation of engineers, from 14 to 17 February, 22 university students from 14 nations took part in the Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Communications Training Course 2017. 

ESA Academy’s first training course on Human Space Physiology a success

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:52:00 +0100


What’s it like to live in space? And what happens to the human body in microgravity?  Thirty-six university students from fourteen different countries discussed these important themes last week in the first training course on Human Space Physiology offered by ESA’s Education and Space Medicine Offices.

Applications now open for Alpbach Summer School

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:44:00 +0100


The Alpbach Summer School will be held from 18 to 27 July 2017, and its topic will be ‘Dust in the Universe’. University students and young graduates have until 31 March  to apply.

Zero Robotics High School Tournament comes to an exciting conclusion

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:47:00 +0100


The live finals of the 2016 Zero Robotics High School Tournament took place on the International Space Station on Friday, 27 January 2017. More than 100 students aged between 14 and 20 years old from across Europe met at ESA’s Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands. From there, students connected to the ISS, as well as to parallel events taking place in the USA and Australia. This is the fifth time that the ISS has been turned into a gaming platform for the ultimate game of robotics.

Thank you Thomas for a great inflight call!

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:05:00 +0100


On Tuesday 24 January, teachers from Romania, Ireland, and Portugal, had the opportunity to talk with ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is currently living and working on the International Space Station (ISS). 

Watch a live Education Inflight Call with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet on 24 January

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:17:00 +0100


On Tuesday 24 January, teachers and students from Ireland, Romania, and Portugal will be connected by video connection with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, currently living and working on the International Space Station (ISS). A livestream of the event can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

European Astro Pi Challenge: Phase 2 update

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:36:00 +0100


On 25 November 2016, ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet kicked off Phase 2 of the European Astro Pi Challenge by assigning a primary and a secondary mission to the selected teams. It’s now time for an update!

Education at ESA

Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:46:00 +0100

A mission to inspire and engage youngsters