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ESA Education

Published: Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:56:00 +0100

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Call for applications: Hands-on training week for small satellite design and testing

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:56:00 +0100


The ESA Education Office is inviting university students to apply for an exciting pilot ESA Academy training session to improve their skills in spacecraft hardware and software. Called “CubeSats Hands-on Training Week”, it will be held from 26 February to 2 March 2018 at the Training and Learning Centre in ESEC, Belgium.

The Training Week is a great opportunity for students to get hands-on experience with satellites and to apply theoretical knowledge obtained from classroom lectures. Participants will have the opportunity to perform experiments on Educational Satellites (ESAT) and learn how subsystems interact with each other. They will also discover how to conduct Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV), and how to handle tests using real hardware. The aim of the Training Week is to help students that have new ideas for educational CubeSat missions, or are working on CubeSat projects at a conceptual or preliminary stage. The students will then be able to inject this new knowledge into the early design phase of their own CubeSat projects.

Participate in the ESA Academy’s Concurrent Engineering Workshops!

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:01:00 +0100


ESA’s Education Office is looking for 44 talented and motivated university students from ESA Member or Associate States with an engineering or physics background to take part in one of the two upcoming Concurrent Engineering Workshops which will take place on the following dates: 20 to 23 February and 1 to 4 May 2018.

Call for Proposals Spin Your Thesis! Human Edition 2018

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 18:04:00 +0100


ESA Education is inviting university student teams to submit experiment proposals to be performed on human subjects on the Short Arm Human Centrifuge. 

Two teams selected for the Fly Your Thesis! 2018 campaign

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:57:00 +0100


Last week 6 student teams were invited to ESA ESTEC to showcase their project ideas vying for the opportunity to participate in the parabolic flight programme for university students called Fly Your Thesis! The Board selected two teams to fly next year.

European Astro Pi Challenge Mission Space Lab: Get ready for phase 2!

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:13:00 +0100


ESA and its partners are delighted to announce the beginning of Phase 2 of the European Astro Pi Mission Space Lab Challenge. Having successfully proposed their scientific investigation, the teams which have just passed the selection phase will now have to write the code that will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS)!

The creativity and range of proposals from participating teams has been very impressive, and ESA is looking forward to the exciting science that the students will perform on the ISS with the help of the Astro Pi’s. This year ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli asked the students to investigate life on Earth or life in space using an array of sensors and, for the first time, visible and infrared cameras.

Best CanSat reports 2017 – congratulations!

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:10:00 +0100


The ESA Education team is pleased to announce the CanSat teams that submitted the best final report for the 2017 European CanSat competition, which this year was hosted by ZARM in Bremen, Germany. 

Enthusiastic teachers at the ESA Autumn Teacher Workshop

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:07:00 +0100


Fifty European teachers took part in 4 days of inspiring workshops at ESA’s Autumn Teacher workshop 2017.

This, being the second of two similar workshops organised by the ESA Education Office, was for primary and secondary school teachers and took place in Leiden, the Netherlands, from 5 to 8 October. 

Chronicle of a special conference opportunity for students: IAC 2017

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 18:09:00 +0100


One of ESA Education’s most prestigious annual conference sponsorships was recently awarded to 6 university students to attend the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which ran from 25 September – 29 September 2017 in Adelaide, Australia.

The sponsored students, coming from six ESA Member and Associate Member States, were not only offered the chance to present their individual research in technical sessions at the congress, but also the opportunity to take part in the IAC Student Participation Programme, entirely dedicated to them and organised by the International Space Education Board (ISEB).

The 11th Student Aerospace Challenge closes as the 12th begins

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:02:00 +0100


Last week a team of students from the Institut Supérieur des Matériaux et Mécaniques Avancées (ISMANS) from Le Mans in France, presented their Student Aerospace Challenge project to an audience attending the 15th Reinventing Space conference in Glasgow in Scotland. 

This opportunity came as a result of the students winning the ESA Grand Prix of the 11th pan-European Student Aerospace Challenge 2017.  The ISMANS Space Team as they called themselves, designed the seating arrangement for a manned subortbital vehicle that allows passengers to experience the maximum amount of freedom in the microgravity phase, whilst being the most comfortable and safe in ascent and decent phases of the flight.

Turn your ideas into satellite concepts with the ESA Academy

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:37:00 +0100


Dreaming of flying a satellite into space but not sure how? Wonder no more! The ESA Education Office and ESA’s Systems and Concurrent Engineering Section have the perfect workshop for you. We are currently looking for university students who would like to participate in ESA Academy’s  first  Concurrent Engineering Workshop dedicated to CubeSats. The 4-day workshop will be organised between 16 and 19 January 2018 at the Training and Learning Centre in ESEC, Belgium. 

CubeSat teams commence critical review of their satellite designs

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 18:15:00 +0200


Two advanced teams participating in the second edition of the “Fly Your Satellite!” programme have just spent four days at ESTEC, ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands. Their mission: to attend the Critical Design Review (CDR) workshop.

European Astro Pi Challenge 2017-2018 – Timeline

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:19:00 +0200


Here you will find the main dates for Mission Zero and Mission Space Lab. 
Choose your mission and don’t forget - put these dates in your diary!

BEXUS 24 and 25 successfully launched from Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden.

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:53:00 +0200


Aurora, reindeer, snow, sun and balloon launches! The full experience of launching stratospheric balloons to the upper atmosphere for 67 students who took part in this year’s BEXUS campaign in Northern Sweden!

The German-Swedish REXUS/BEXUS programme provides two sounding rocket and stratospheric balloon launches every year. Six student teams from ESA member states were selected by SNSB and ESA in December 2016 to develop their ideas into experimental apparatus to be flown on BEXUS 24 and 25

On 13th of October, the teams gathered at Esrange Space Center outside Kiruna, Northern Sweden to prepare their experiments for flight. They were joined by two additional teams from Germany, which were sponsored by the German Aerospace Center DLR.

Students learned about Rosetta’s science operations scheduling in new workshop

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:14:00 +0200


ESA’s Rosetta mission was a marvel of modern science, successfully orbiting a spacecraft around a comet, and even landing a probe on the surface! Although the mission has ended, its legacy lives on in many forms. One of these is the Rosetta Science Operations Scheduling Legacy Workshop.

22 university students from 9 different ESA Member and Associated States participated in this first-of-its-kind workshop. Running in early October 2017, it was hosted at ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Centre, ESEC, in Belgium. The workshop gave students the opportunity to learn about science operations scheduling, with the Rosetta mission as a real-life example.

Space lands in Spanish classrooms with ESERO Spain

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:44:00 +0200


ESA’s new ESERO office in Spain was formally inaugurated today in Granada. Hosted at Parque de las Ciencias, ESERO Spain joins the existing ESA ESERO network, which, for over a decade, has acted Europe-wide in support of national school education systems with innovative science teaching and learning strategies that use space as a context. 

Mission accomplished for the Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations Course 2017

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:14:00 +0200


In September 2017 the second student edition of the Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations training course was held at ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Centre, ESA-ESEC, in Belgium. The four-day course was designed to give an overview of how spacecraft are operated in space, and the pitfalls to be avoided during both operations and testing. 

Students shoot for the Moon in ESA’s Concurrent Engineering Challenge 2017

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:13:00 +0200


Concurrent Engineering is a method of designing and developing products for the space sector. Contrary to traditional design methods, in concurrent engineering all subsystems are designed simultaneously. As this is so different to conventional approaches, ESA has started holding Concurrent Engineering Workshops to help the next generation of scientists and engineers appreciate the benefits it provides.

Send your proposal for the 8th European CanSat Competition!

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 18:05:00 +0200


ESA’s Education Office is  happy to announce the opening of the Call for Proposals for the 2018 European CanSat Competition! The competition will be held between 27 June  and 1 July  2018.

This call is open to secondary school student teams (14 to 20 years old) residing in one of the following ESA Member and Associate States: Estonia, France, Hungary, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Canada, Slovenia. 

2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities – Registration now open!

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:16:00 +0200


Are you a university student, or a university professor or researcher, that participated in an educational programme about space, and you want to share your experience with the community of those interested in space educational activities?

Or possibly you are a university student who wants to participate in an educational programme about space? 

Or maybe you represent a company, organisation or agency that provides, or has an interest in space educational activities?

If so then the 2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities is the forum for you, and registration is now open

The 2017-2018 European Astro Pi Challenge begins!

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:32:00 +0200


The call for the 2017-2018 European Astro Pi Challenge is open! For the second consecutive year, ESA is inviting teams of school students up to 19 years old to join the challenge and run their computer codes on the International Space Station (ISS).

High HyMPaCT science with a Twistosity

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:56:00 +0200

Last week, two teams of university students successfully completed their investigations in hypergravity at ESA’s Large Diameter Centrifuge facility or LDC. For the past 8 years, the ESA Education Office has exploited this resource, thus complementing the vast array of platforms from micro- to hypergravity made available to students for research purposes.

The LDC was built in 2008 in the European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands specifically for research focusing on altered gravity environment experiments. Through the Spin Your Thesis! Programme, university students can competitively gain access to the facility and run their research projects. 

Save the date: the European Astro Pi Challenge is back!

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:49:00 +0200


Following the huge success of its first edition, ESA is happy to announce that the European Astro Pi Challenge is back for the 2017-2018 school year, giving more students the exciting opportunity to run their codes on the International Space Station (ISS). Save the date, as the official launch of the 2017-2018 European Astro Pi Challenge is on 25 September.

Your chance to give inputs in the next human outpost in space!

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:38:00 +0200


Do you have ideas on how the next generation of space station can be utilised for the education of students? Send us your ideas for the educational use of the future Deep Space Gateway human outpost.

Read below and submit your ideas not later than 13 November 2017, 23:59 CET.

What is the Deep Space Gateway?

Apply now - ESA/GTTP Teacher Training workshop returns for 2017 edition

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:45:00 +0200


The ESA/GTTP Teacher Training workshop is back for 2017 and will take place 21 – 24 November at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. This will be the eighth in a series of ESA teacher workshops run in association with the Galileo Teacher Training Programme (GTTP). The workshop is open for application until 09:00 CEST on Monday 2 October 2017. 

What to expect

Participants at this workshop will have the chance to explore inspiring and innovative uses of astronomy and space sciences in the classroom. Teachers attending will be presented with a diverse workshop programme consisting of practical sessions on ESA Education activities, and lectures from ESA experts. Participants will also find out more about activities and resources from the GTTP as well as the European project, Space Awareness. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to meet with their peers from across Europe to share ideas and practices.

SSEA - call for abstracts now open

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:27:00 +0200

On behalf of their partners at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), the ESA Education Office is delighted to announce that the Call for Abstracts for the 2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities is now open.

Applications open for ESA Robotics Teacher Training Workshop

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:01:00 +0200


Lower secondary school teachers from ESA Member States* are invited to apply to a unique training module on robotics.

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.

Quantum Technologies in Space

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0200


From 11 to 14 September 2017, a variety of stakeholders in space agencies, space industries, and scientific communities will be meeting in Lisbon for a training workshop on ‘Quantum Technologies in Space’.  

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. 

Inspiring call

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:35:00 +0100

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

Teams selected!

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:16:00 +0100

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

Education at ESA

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

A mission to inspire and engage youngsters