Let’s join the ESA Academy's Concurrent Engineering Challenge 2019

  • Language: English
  • Campus: Milano Bovisa
  • Enrollment: 17-09-2019 to 12:00 on 31-10-2019
  • Keywords: Concurrent Engineering, European Space Agency, Space Mission & System Design

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Teacher in charge: Lavagna Michèle
Credits: 2
Hours to attend: 40


Who can apply: Master and PhD students in engineering under 32 years old, regularly registered at University and from a ESA member State

Welcome but not mandatory: basics in space technology and mission design; skills in either propulsion, structures, electronics, power generation, thermal analysis, orbital attitude mechanics, telecommunications, mechanisms design as well as skills in utilities either CAD, Solidworks, Excel, Matlab, Stk.

Maximum number of attendees: 30

Selection based on: CV, and academic records


Concurrent Engineering Challenge

To design a Space mission to be successful in flight is a very tight challenge.

The Concurrent Engineering strategy is a winning approach to ger rid of it, largerly applied, nowadays by Agencies and satellite integrators in the Space Sector. To align young generations on that approach and get them ready to rush into the working environment, the  Concurrent Engineering Challenge is proposed by the European Space Agency (ESA) as part of its program for future technical personnel training; among applicant Academies, ESA selects 3 of them - belonging to the Member States - to lead 3 groups of students, in mimicking the work ESA usually performs whenever facing the feasibility assessment of a new space mission; the Challenge sees its third edition and aims introducing fresh engineers to the universally adopted working methodology in the Space domain.

The Concurrent Engineering Challenge occurs in 5 full-day work run in group, to finalize a a space mission design. Four groups of up to 30 university students are selected: each group works simultaneously in 4 different European locations, this year represented by: Cranfield University (UK), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and ESA Academy facility (Belgium).

The design goes through each technical discipline of the on board devices and a strong team working to ensure mission goals and system feasibility to be respected.

 Each day every team steps forward in the design at its premise; at the end of the day a telecom session occurs to compare and share results issues with the other three teams remotely located. Through this Challenge, students learn to work in a multidisciplinary environment and complement what they are learning at University by familiarising themselves with the Concurrent Engineering approach and its benefits in space systems design, and also learn how ESA assesses technical and financial feasibility of space missions. They also strengthen their capability to work in team; the challenge ends up with a final presentation which enforces the participants to enhance their soft skills as well, to clearly and exhaustively present their "product".


November 2019


12-15 November 2019 - h: 8:45-18:45, fixed by the ESA Challenge


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